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The 13th International Laser Operations Workshop (ILOW), held at LLNL from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, brought together more than 70 representatives from 11 laser facilities to discuss recent achievements and share how they are responding to various challenges to improve their systems.
  • Sep. 29, 2022
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Photonics giant Hamamatsu and research hub Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) have announced the formation of an application lab designed specifically for advanced laser material processing with ultrashort pulsed laser radiation.
  • Sep. 16, 2022
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Researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have completed a major expansion of one of the world's most powerful laser systems, creating new opportunities in accelerator research for the future of high-energy physics and other fields. 
  • Sep. 15, 2022
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LLNL researchers and their collaborators have developed new high-energy pulse compression gratings that will be used in the world's highest-power laser system, designed to deliver up to 10 petawatts (quadrillion watts) of peak power. A petawatt is roughly the power output of the entire U.S. electrical grid.
  • Sep. 09, 2022
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Two physicists at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have been named to high-level positions within DOE programs. Ahmed Diallo has become a program director focusing on fusion at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), and Walter Guttenfelder is the new deputy director of the Innovation Network for Fusion Energy (INFUSE). 
  • Sep. 01, 2022
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Czechia-based laser research center ELI Beamlines, a division the Institute of Physics of Czech Academy of Sciences (FZU), has received funding from the Czech Foundation Agency to develop theoretical tools for modeling experiments at high-power laser facilities. And a new method for shaping matter into complex shapes, with the use of ‘twisted’ light, has been demonstrated in research at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK.
  • Aug. 25, 2022
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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have designed a compact multi-petawatt laser that uses plasma transmission gratings to overcome the power limitations of conventional solid-state optical gratings. The design could enable construction of an ultrafast laser up to 1,000 times more powerful than existing lasers of the same size.
  • Aug. 24, 2022
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University of Delaware researcher Arijit Bose and his collaborators have applied powerful magnetic fields to the laser-driven implosion, which may allow them to steer fusion reactions in ways previously unexplored in experiments.
  • Aug. 15, 2022
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US scientists evaluate their options after failing to replicate record-setting experiment from 2021.
  • Aug. 03, 2022
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The XFEL Physical Sciences Hub is now welcoming proposals for a third cohort of PhD studentships.The deadline for proposals is 14th September 2022.
  • Jul. 28, 2022
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An international team of scientists has uncovered a new method for advancing the development of fusion energy through increased understanding of the properties of warm dense matter, an extreme state of matter similar to that found at the heart of giant planets like Jupiter. The findings, led by Sophia Malko of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), detail a new technique to measure the "stopping power" of nuclear particles in plasma using high repetition-rate ultraintense lasers. The understanding of proton stopping power is particularly important for inertial confinement fusion (ICF).
  • Sep. 22, 2022
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On the one-year anniversary of achieving a yield of more than 1.3 megajoules at LLNL's National Ignition Facility, the scientific results of this record experiment have been published in three peer-reviewed papers: one in Physical Review Letters and two in Physical Review E.  
  • Aug. 09, 2022
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The IEEE Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS) announced a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) team as the winner of its 2022 Transactions on Plasma Science (TPS) Best Paper Award for their work applying machine learning to inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments.
  • Aug. 08, 2022
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On 1 August, the Korea Institute of Fusion Energy (KFE) announced that a new fusion simulation code was developed to project and analyze the TAE. In TAE, instabilities occur in the course of interactions between fast ions and the perturbed magnetic fields surrounding them. It disturbs a tokamak's plasma confinement by disengaging fast ions from the plasma core.  
  • Aug. 04, 2022
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In the paper published on High Power Laser Science and Engineering 10, E21 (2022), the authors show the methods used and the results obtained during the first 10 PW peak power laser demonstration in the world.
  • Jun. 27, 2022
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Sanin Zulic and Sunil Pathak shared their knowledge on how laser shock peening (LSP) can be used to improve residual stresses in additively manufactured parts. In their article in Laser Systems/Europe they describe LSP as an excellent solution for improving AM parts for applications that require high-quality parts, either because of technical requirements or safety reasons. 
  • Apr. 16, 2022
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Research from Prof. Borghesi’s group in the Centre for Plasma Physics has been profiled in the January 2022 issue of Physics Today, magazine published by the American Physical Society.
  • Apr. 16, 2022
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An international team led by Oxford Physics, University of Rochester, and University of Chicago scientists was able to unravel the inner workings of heat conduction in the largest structures in the universe known as clusters of galaxies. These clusters are made of thousands of galaxies, bound together by gravity. Most matter in galaxy clusters is in the form of tenuous ionized gas (called plasma) that is threaded by magnetic fields and is in a turbulent state. In observing many of these clusters of galaxies, astronomers have been facing a difficult conundrum: they all appear much hotter than expected.
  • Mar. 18, 2022