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
Office of the Director

Laser's 50th Anniversary

SPIE interview with LLE Director
Dr. Robert L. McCrory

Users' Guide

The Omega
Laser Facility Users' Guide

is now available for download here.

Quick Shot

First DOE/NNSA Equation-of-State Workshop held at LLE

Equation-of-state (EOS), providing the pressure and internal energy as a function of the material density and temperature, is of fundamental importance for high-energy-density (HED) plasma science. Establishing a forum for examining the various EOS models and benchmarking them with existing/future experiments is especially important for understanding and designing inertial confinement fusion/HED experiments. The first EOS Workshop was held at LLE 31 May–2 June, and represented 17 institutions and national laboratories.

Past Quick Shots

Around the Lab

Laser-Driven Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion

Until recently, most of the research into nuclear fusion (which holds the promise of creating unlimited, clean power production) focused on either magnetic confinement (low plasma density) or inertial confinement (high plasma density). However, hybrid techniques, such as magneto-inertial fusion utilizing targets shown above, are gaining increased attention since their smaller size, energy, and power density requirements are proving to be cost effective.