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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Users' Guide

LLE Zoom Backgrounds

for virtual meetings are available here.

Quick Shot

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Pierre Gourdain Named
Associate Professor

Professor Pierre Gourdain has been promoted to Associate Professor at the University of Rochester. Dr. Gourdain works with the Plasma and Ultrafast Physics Group and has performed award-winning research using the Omega Laser Facility.
(University of Rochester photos / J. Adam Fenster)

Past Quick Shots

LLE Diversity Statement

To LLE staff, students, faculty, and colleagues:

In a recent message to the University community, President Sarah Mangelsdorf and Chief Diversity Officer Mercedes Ramírez Fernández shared some steps that are being taken to address issues of systemic racism on and around the campus.

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COVID-19 Resources

The content in this section was developed for persons working at LLE, and will be updated as new information becomes available

University of Rochester COVID-19 Updates
LLE COVID-19 Updates
Video of All Hands Meeting 5/6

LLE COVID-19 Safety Resources

Dr. Chat Bot Daily Health Status Survey
Dr. Chat Bot Login Instructions
COVID Supplies Request Forms
LLE COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy
LLE Building Access
LLE COVID-19 Safety Training
Safety Suggestions and Questions
LLE COVID-19 Q&A

COVID Statistics

Centers for Disease Control
NYS Dept. of Health COVID-19 Tracker
Monroe County NY COVID-19 Dashboard
UR confirmed cases

Additional Resources

Center for Disease Control: COVID-19


Around the Lab

The Design and Implementation of the SR-Te Diagnostic

The goal for fusion experiments is to demonstrate that the outputs of thermonuclear reactions initiated from an assembled hydrogenic plasma are, by themselves, capable of triggering additional reactions. Current experiments at the Omega Laser Facility show that while the capsule hot spot just reaches conditions to begin this process, it would not continue as much as considered possible.

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