Welcome to LLE

The Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) of the University of Rochester is a unique national resource for research and education in science and technology. LLE was established in 1970 as a center for the investigation of the interaction of intense radiation with matter. The National Nuclear Security Administration funds LLE as part of its Stockpile Stewardship Program.

Target being shot by a laser

Alumni Focus

Alumni Focus

Jessica DeGroote Nelson

Jessica DeGroote Nelson is Director of Technology and Strategy at Optimax Systems, Inc., a Rochester area optical components manufacturer. She joined Optimax in 2007 after graduating from the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics with a Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. in optics. She earned an MBA degree from the Simon School at the University of Rochester and also teaches as an adjunct professor at the Institute of Optics.


Quick Shot

Dr. Joseph Kilkenny Awarded Defense Programs Award of Excellence

Vice President for High-Energy-Density Physics at General Atomics and NIF Scientific Diagnostic Leader, Joe Kilkenny, has been selected to receive a Defense Programs Award of Excellence "for international leadership and development of transformational diagnostics on high-energy-density science facilities." Kilkenny has made major contributions to experimental inertial confinement fusion for more than 38 years and is a frequent collaborator with the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

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Around the Lab

OMEGA Laser System Second
Line-of-Sight Project

Achieving controlled thermonuclear fusion, an energy source with the potential to provide a virtually unlimited source of clean energy, requires diagnostics to better understand the complex process that takes place in inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments. Due to the 3-D nature of these experiments, measurements are needed over multiple orthogonal lines of sight to maximize the coverage required to infer 3-D performance metrics.