Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Mission-driven sciences and technology advancing the security and well-being of the nation


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Glenn Fox

From astrophysics to atomic physics

Physics Division staff members lead and support a wide array of leading-edge research and development efforts at LLNL. From astrophysics and planetary science to atomic and plasma physics, their research explores matter at all length scales, under diverse and often extreme conditions. Using Lawrence Livermore’s remarkable tools—from some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers to remarkable laser platforms such as the National Ignition Facility and the Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF)—and those of collaborating institutions, they undertake precision laboratory experiments, develop complex computer simulations, and grapple with the theory underpinning various natural and human-made phenomena. They also develop sophisticated technologies, such as detectors, optical components, and imaging systems. Through the High Energy Density Science Center and JLF, they build collaborations with the broader research community and help train future generations of physicists for exciting careers.

Whatever the project, these physicists are making important contributions to Livermore’s missions in foundational science, defense technology, stockpile stewardship, space science and security, and nuclear threat reduction. I invite you to learn more about Physics Division’s research in the areas of applied physics, condensed matter physics, fusion energy science, and high-energy-density science and some of the unique facilities and capabilities they employ as part of their work.

February 23, 2018

A scientist analyzes a reference using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.

Forensic Science Center earns 8th straight ‘A’ in OPCW tests

During their 15 years as a certified laboratory for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), a score of LLNL chemists have developed some first-rate habits. One of them is earning “A” grades on the organization’s environmental proficiency tests.

February 22, 2018

electrolyte material

Scientists find ‘frustration’ in battery materials

In new research by an international collaboration, the team discovered why substituting one boron atom for one carbon atom in a key battery electrolyte material made lithium ions move even faster, which is attractive for a more robust solid-state battery.

February 12, 2018

Scientists count live cells.

Protein that prevents further cartilage damage

LLNL scientists performed in vivo experiments on animal models of post traumatic osteoarthritis and found that sclerostin (a protein that in humans is encoded by the Sost gene), acts as a protective molecule immediately post joint injury to inhibit cartilage loss and joint calcification.

February 26, 2018

Scientist Michael Campanell

Pushing Boundaries in Plasma Physics: Michael Campanell Brings His Revolutionary Model to LLNL

As a staff scientist at LLNL, Michael Campanell builds on his doctoral research while contributing to the national missions of the Lab. He’s solving problems that may someday help enable nuclear fusion technology.

February 7, 2018

Elizabeth Sangalang

Undergrad lands second-author credential for “hydrogen-getters” research

Elizabeth Sangalang, a graduating senior studying biochemistry, has landed a second-author credential through the research she completed as a summer intern at LLNL.

January 22, 2018

CAMS scientist Alan Hidy places samples in the hydroxide form into a muffle furnace.

Alan Hidy’s global travels lead to a CAMS career

At CAMS, Alan Hidy explores landscape evolution, sedimentology, geochronology, and other aspects of Earth science relevant to Livermore’s national security mission.

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Summer Institute

The 2018 Computational Chemistry and Materials Science (CCMS) Summer Institute will have a special focus on “Quantum Materials and Chemistry” to highlight the science challenges and research opportunities in the development of novel materials for emerging energy and information technologies.

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Summer Internship

Materials and Chemistry Institute (MaCI) offers a unique summer internship experience. Interns have access to state-of-the-art facilities like the Nanoscale Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory, the Jupiter Laser Facility, the Energetic Materials Center, and the National Ignition Facility.

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Nuclear Forensics
Summer Institute

The mission of the Seaborg Institute is to facilitate the training of the next generation of nuclear scientists. This program offers graduate students the opportunity to work directly with leading LLNL researchers on projects in the areas of nuclear forensics, nuclear chemistry, and environmental radiochemistry.

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Physical & Life Sciences External Review Committee

Information for PLS External Review Committee Members