Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Capability Centers

Specialized resources across a range of scientific disciplines

Capability Centers

Specialized resources across a range of scientific disciplines

Physical and Life Sciences capability centers provide specialized resources – from nanoscale materials synthesis to biological agent identification to high-performance computing – across a range of scientific disciplines.

View the biology capability centers on the Biosciences & Biotechnology page.

View the chemistry capability centers on the Nuclear & Chemical Sciences: Resources page.

High Performance Computing 

Contact:    LC support

Livermore Computing Center (LC) is home to a first-class computational infrastructure that supports the computing requirements of the Laboratory’s research scientists.

A particular focus of the Center is to develop solutions (in collaboration with tri-lab partners at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories) that will create a functional problem-solving environment for high performance computers under the Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) program.

Another goal is to provide leveraged, cost-effective high performance computing to multiple programs and independent researchers under the Multiprogrammatic and Institutional Computing (M&asmp;IC) program.

High Performance Computing Innovation Center 

Contact:    Fred Streitz

The High Performance Computing Innovation Center connects companies with computational science and computer science experts, on demand, to help them solve their toughest challenges.

We provide cost-effective access to some of the world’s largest HPC systems and rapidly assemble expert teams to develop, prove and deploy high-impact solutions across a broad range of industries and applications.

Actinide Materials

Contact:   Scott McCall
LLNL has a long history of working with actinide materials for multiple national security missions. We maintain capabilities to synthesize, characterize, and test materials containing actinides.

Diamond Anvil Cell (DAC) and Ultrafast Science

Contact:   Geoffrey Campbell
In our diamond anvil-based laboratories, we can measure materials properties at static pressures above 1 Mbar. These data provide essential equation-of-state information for weapons performance and the design of experiments at NIF as well as allowing us to probe the chemistries that control the formation of unique materials. New experiments are being developed to study shock compression with 10 picosecond time resolution. These experiments push the limits of current theories of the strength of metals, phase transitions, and chemical kinetics.

Dynamic Transmission Electron Microscope (DTEM)

Contact:   Geoffrey Campbell
LLNL developed and maintains the first Dynamic TEM capability in the U.S. 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. Learn more... 

Electron Microscopy

Contact:   Kerri Blobaum
LLNL maintains state-of-the-art capabilities in Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) to characterize materials.

Feedstocks for Additive Manufacturing

Contact:   Yong Han
The Materials Science Division is developing novel feedstocks for additive manufacturing, including novel metal alloys to energetic formulations and advanced polymer composites.

Nanoscale Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory (NSCL)

Contact:   Alex Hamza
NSCL is making advances in science at the intersection of physics, materials science, engineering, and chemistry. We are pursuing research in nanoporous materials, advanced nano crystalline materials, novel three-dimensional (3D) nanofabrication technologies, and nondestructive characterization at the mesoscale.

Polymer Science

Contact:   James Lewicki
MSD maintains capabilities to synthesize, characterize, and model a broad range of polymeric materials and architectures.

Computational Nuclear Physics 

Contact:   Bret Beck
Modern technologies based on nuclear processes, such as nuclear weapons, power reactors, radiation and materials detectors, medical imaging devices, and radiation therapies, often require more accurate and complete knowledge of nuclear reaction dynamics and nuclear structure. We measure, collect, and evaluate nuclear data and incorporate these data into libraries to be used in simulations. We provide nuclear data, physics simulation and data processing tools for experimental and theoretical nuclear data.

Electron Beam Ion Trap (EBIT) 

Contact:   Greg Brown
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.

Radiative Properties

Contact:   Marilyn Schneider
Radiation properties of plasmas ranging from the basic atomic physics of isolated ions to opacities and radiation flow in hot dense matter to electron-positron pair production. The plasmas are produced at laser facilties such as NIF  or JLF  and at LLNL's electron beam ion trap .

X-Ray Diagnostics

Contact:   Stefan Hau-Reige

Optical Sciences

Contact:   Alex Pertica
X-ray Adaptive Optics systems, Gemini Planet Imager, optical payloads for nano-satellites, dark matter research, simulation of orbital space events, sensor calibration and exploitation strategies for hyperspectral airborne sensors.