Science and Technology Highlights

Laser aiming at fireball
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Two of the fields that stand to gain from the National Ignition Facility’s record shot are stockpile stewardship science and the quest for inertial fusion energy (IFE).
Cartoon figures with arrows in four columns with text designating diease stages
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A Livermore team has developed a comprehensive dynamic model of COVID-19 disease progression in hospitalized patients, finding that risk factors for complications from the disease are dependent on the patient’s disease state.
Desert landscape with tanks and tanker truck
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Livermore, Penn State, and University of Arizona researchers are partnering with industry collaborator Western Rare Earths, U.S. subsidiary of American Rare Earths Limited, to use a naturally occurring protein to extract and purify rare earth elements from abundant, domestic ore-based feedstocks and waste materials without harming the environment.
Eleven people stand in front of NIF building
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Increasingly sophisticated computational models and simulations helped guide the National Ignition Facility’s record-breaking 1.3-megajoule experiment.
Scientific equipment on room-length lab bench, left, with person in middle.
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Livermore and ELI-Beamlines in the Czech Republic have reached a major agreement to ramp up performance of the L3-High-Repetition-Rate Advanced Petawatt Laser System to its full design capabilities.
A cryogenic target, cylindrical, held between two extended metal arms
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The achievement of a burning plasma state on November 2020 and February 2021 at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) is described in a paper in Nature.
Schematic illustration of two hohlraums, standing up vertically
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The target and laser designs that achieved a burning plasma state on November 2020 and February 2021 at the National Ignition Facility are described in a Nature paper.
Several dozzen upright COVID test swabs showing plastic nodules
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The Laboratory's work on consumables for COVID-19 testing was highlighted in a recent special issue of the Materials Research Society (MRS) Bulletin.
Two scientists sit at table with lab machinery
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Livermore and three other institutions are seeking to develop a multi-pathogen vaccine that will protect against three bacterial biothreat pathogens.
Illustration of a planet with an open section and a solid spherical core inside
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Researchers have experimentally determined the high-pressure melting curve and structural properties of pure iron up to nearly 10,000,000 atmospheres.