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.

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Alumni Focus

Alumni Focus

Sharon Weiss

Sharon Weiss is Director of Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering, a multidisciplinary institute that supports research, education, and K–12 outreach across science, engineering, and medicine. A native of Rochester, NY, Prof. Weiss received B.S. (1999), M.S. (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) degrees from the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. Weiss' Ph.D. thesis was supervised by Prof. Philippe M Fauchet. She received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship from the Office of Navy Research and a Robert L. Sproull Fellowship from the University of Rochester to support her graduate research. Her research also benefitted from use of the LLE laboratories and collaboration with the LLE scientific staff including Ken Marshall and Prof. Stephen Jacobs.


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Newly Published Research
Showcased in the Media

A paper by David Turnbull et al. "Impact of the Langdon effect on crossed-beam energy transfer" was recently published in the journal Nature Physics. The paper highlights research conducted on OMEGA utilizing the tunable OMEGA port 9 (TOP9) platform that will enhance the accuracy of implosion simulations by improving the predictive capability of cross-beam energy transfer modeling. Local television news station WROC TV Channel 8 visited the lab to highlight the research in a news story. The work was also featured on the University of Rochester website, Science Daily, Phys.org, and Photonics Media.

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Around the Lab

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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.