News Archive: 2021

technicians stand in front of large machinery, the target chamber, of National Ignition Facility
08/17/2021

Laser Fusion Experiment Unleashes an Energetic Burst of Optimism

Scientists have come tantalizingly close to reproducing the power of the sun — albeit only in a speck of hydrogen for a fraction of a second.

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory reported on Tuesday that by using 192 gigantic lasers to annihilate a pellet of hydrogen, they were able to ignite a burst of more than 10 quadrillion watts of fusion power — energy released when hydrogen atoms are fused into helium, the same process that occurs within stars.

07/02/2021

Frederico Fiuza has received a DOE ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge grant

Frederico Fiuza has received a DOE ASCR Leadership Computing Challenge grant of 820,000 node-hours (65,6 million NERSC hours) on the supercomputer Cori. This project will use large-scale first-principles simulations of high-energy-density laboratory and astrophysical plasmas to identify the dominant mechanisms responsible for particle heating and particle acceleration in collisionless shocks.

06/28/2021

European Physical Society poster prize awarded to J. Ryan Peterson

High Energy Density Science PhD student J. Ryan Peterson has been awarded the best poster prize at the European Physical Society conference in Plasma Physics for his work on "Magnetic field amplification by a nonlinear relativistic pair-driven plasma instability". Many congratulations to Ryan!