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.

May 14, 2018

Bruce Cohen

Cohen honored with computational plasma physics award

Retiree Bruce Cohen has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society’s Charles K. Birdsall Award.

March 2, 2018

Bill Pitz and Charlie Westbrook

Lab employee and retiree named fellows

Two researchers affiliated with LLNL—a current employee and a retiree—have been named fellows of the international Combustion Institute. Bill Pitz, a combustion scientist in the Lab’s Materials Science Division, and Charlie Westbrook, a retired Lab employee, were announced in mid-February as fellows of the institute.

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.

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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