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
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Quick Shot

Installation of the Linear
Induction Motor Upgrade

Shown installing the upgraded Linear Induction Motor (LIM) in the OMEGA Target Bay is Tom Lewis, Dan Neyland (running the crane), Chad Abbott, and CodyShane Taylor. The replacement linear motor assembly replaces the original unit that was put into service in 2001. The LIM is used as the retractor for the shroud that maintains targets at cryogenic temperatures. The LIM control system also underwent complete replacement with the installation of two new control panels. The upgraded LIM has been in the development for the past fours years and was previously featured in a Past Quick Shot on 07/11/16.

Past Quick Shots
LLE Seminar Calendar

Seminar Calendar

is available here.
Users' Guide

The Omega
Laser Facility Users' Guide

is available for download here.

From the Director

Senator Schumer Visits to Show Support for LLE

26 April 2018


To Staff, Students, and Colleagues:


I want to bring all of you up to speed in our efforts with the Congress and the Administration in dealing with the President's FY 2019 Budget Request (PBR).

While of great concern, it is important to remember that the Presidential budget requests reflect the political priorities of an Administration, but it is ultimately up to the Congress to decide which proposals to embrace, modify, or reject as part of the annual appropriations process. Thankfully, the LLE has enjoyed strong, bipartisan, bicameral support from Congress, as has the Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) Program. Working with the University's Office of Government and Community Relations, which has always worked closely with LLE, and LLE's leadership, we have had a strategic, coordinated advocacy and public relations campaign to raise the profile of the LLE and broaden its support among academia, industry, and, most importantly, Congress in order to secure our requests of $75 million in FY 2018 and $80 million in FY 2019.

I was very pleased to report that the FY 2018 omnibus spending bill recently approved by Congress and signed into law by the President included a record $75 million in support for the LLE. Like they did to most of the President's proposed cuts to science research, Congress rejected the cut to the LLE. The $75 million funding level was a $7 million increase over FY 2017 and an $8.1 million increase over the President's budget request. The significant increase was thanks to strong bipartisan support from our Congressional delegation, including the late-Rep. Louise Slaughter, and the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. Of note, the FY 2018 omnibus was finalized after the release of the President's FY 2019 budget, serving as a strong rebuke from the Congress.

Since the release of the President's budget and even before, we have remained actively engaged with our Congressional delegation and others. We have met with key staff on the committees of jurisdiction -- the Armed Services Committees and Energy and Water Development Appropriation Subcommittees, and the Administration, including the Office of Management and Budget and the National Nuclear Security Administration. The marks in both the defense authorization bill and appropriations bills, while always important, take on added significance as they will be the new baseline for the LLE in the Cooperative Agreement.

Last week, President Feldman had productive meetings with members of our Congressional delegation, the office of the Chairman of the Committee that controls LLE's funding in the House, and with Lisa Gordon-Haggerty, the Under Secretary for Nuclear Security at the Department of Energy and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA).

As a result of our collective efforts, we have received overwhelming support from our New York Congressional delegation (over eight House members signed on to a recent letter of support), academia and other users that have sent letters of support or called their members, industry, and from our national associations (OSA and SPIE). Lisa Gordon-Haggerty also committed to coming to visit the LLE this summer.

We expect the respective House committees to mark prior to Memorial Day and the Senate soon thereafter. That is the earliest that we will know if FY 2019 is fixed. All of our meetings have gone extremely well and we are confident that the ICF Program will be funded well above the PBR and that LLE funding will be similar or higher to the record levels we received in this year's FY 2018 omnibus bill. I will keep you informed as we learn more. We will continue "business as usual." I greatly appreciate all of your efforts to stay focused on doing the quality research that LLE is deservedly known for.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.



For more information on contacting your congressional representatives, sample letters to congress, and letters of support, please follow this link.