Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



National Ignition Facility 

Contact:   Maureen Lewis
The National Ignition Facility (NIF) houses the world's largest and highest-energy laser with 192 laser beams routinely creating temperatures and pressures similar to those that exist only in the cores of stars and giant planets and inside nuclear weapons. The facilities are funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and is a key element of NNSA's Stockpile Stewardship Program to maintain the reliability and safety of the U.S. nuclear deterrent without full-scale testing.

Jupiter Laser Facility 

Contact:   Beth Mariotti
The Jupiter Laser Facility (JLF) is a unique laser user facility for research in High Energy Density science. Its five diverse laser platforms offer researchers a wide range of capabilities to produce and explore states of matter under extreme conditions of high density, pressure and temperature. Titan is a dual-beam platform with a nanosecond, kJ long-pulse beam and a femtosecond, petawatt short-pulse beam derived from a neodymium-glass laser system. Janus is also based on the same neodymium-glass laser system but configured for operation with two nanosecond, kJ beams. The 10TW Europa is a single-beam, femtosecond Titanium: Sapphire laser system while COMET is a neodymium-glass laser system designed for the generation of laboratory X-ray lasers. You may submit a proposal for laser time.

High Explosives Applications Facility

Contact:   Lara Leininger
High Explosives Applications Facility (HEAF) houses unique facilities for the synthesis, characterization, and testing of high explosives and other energetic materials. HEAF is also equipped with extensive, high-fidelity, high-speed diagnostic capabilities, including x-ray radiography, high-speed photography, laser velocimetry, and embedded particle velocity/pressure measurements.

Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope (DTEM)

Contact:   Geoffrey Campbell
The dynamic transmission electron microscope (DTEM) at LLNL provides the ability to image transient behavior with an unprecedented combination of spatial and temporal resolution: nanometers and nanoseconds.

Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT) 

Contact:   Peter Beiersdorfer
With the EBIT device, we perform a wide range of physics experiments. An EBIT is a device that makes and traps very highly charged ions by means of a high current density electron beam. The ions can be observed in the trap itself or extracted from the trap for external experiments. We produce bare uranium (U92+) in the lab using Super-EBIT (a high energy modification to the origional EBIT). The EBIT is the only ion source in the world that can create highly charged ions that are practically at rest. Therefore EBIT allows us to study an otherwise inaccessible domain in which the potential energy of the ion is comparable to or exceeds its kinetic energy. Experiments with highly charged ions are at the forefront of physics research in several areas today. These ions are used for studies in the areas of atomic, nuclear, plasma, astro and surface physics.