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 Snapshot

Carolyn Kuranz

Professor Kuranz is an experimental plasma physicist with research interests in high-energy-density plasmas, hydrodynamic instabilities, radiation hydrodynamics, and magnetized plasmas. She performs her research at high-power laser facilities around the world, including the National Ignition Facility and the Omega Laser Facility. Professor Kuranz received her Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan in 2009 and her Bachelors in Physics from Bryn Mawr College in 2002. Her Ph.D. thesis, "Blast-wave-driven, multidimensional Rayleigh-Taylor instability experiments," was based on experiments carried out at the LLE Omega Laser Facility and supported by the NLUF program.


Special Release

Rip Collins Named
Tracy Hyde Harris Professor

The Deans of the University of Rochester's School of Arts, Sciences and Engineering have recognized several faculty with named professorship titles since their last Distinguished Faculty Celebration held in January 2019. LLE's Gilbert (Rip) Collins was named the Tracy Hyde Harris Professor. The Tracy Hyde Harris Professorship was established in 1870. Mr. Harris was a Baptist merchant from New York City who left a bequest for a chair that would be endowed in his name. Other notables who have held this title include Robert E. Marshak (Physics), 1952; John R. Huizenga (Chemistry), 1978; George McLendon (Chemistry, 1993); and Richard S. Eisenberg (Chemistry),1996.

Quick Shot

LLE Summer High School Research Program Participant Named
Science Talent Search Scholar

Simon Narang has been designated as a Scholar in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search for a research project he carried out last summer at LLE. Simon, shown with his advisors Mark Wittman and Dean Bredesen, is a senior at Pittsford Sutherland High School. His project title was "Modeling for Direct-Drive Fusion Implosions: Cryogenic Target Filling at Arbitrary Viewing Angles and Yield Prediction." His work supports the new OMEGA cryogenic-target fill-tube system under development. A total of 39 students from the LLE program have now become Scholars since the program's inception in 1989. The LLE program provides a unique educational opportunity for talented and motivated high school students. Application materials for the 2020 program are now available. Additional information on the Regeneron Science Talent Search can be found here.

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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.