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 Focus

Jessica DeGroote Nelson

Jessica DeGroote Nelson is Director of Technology and Strategy at Optimax Systems, Inc., a Rochester area optical components manufacturer. She joined Optimax in 2007 after graduating from the University of Rochester's Institute of Optics with a Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. in optics. She earned an MBA degree from the Simon School at the University of Rochester and also teaches as an adjunct professor at the Institute of Optics.

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Dr. Joseph Kilkenny Awarded Defense Programs Award of Excellence

Vice President for High-Energy-Density Physics at General Atomics and NIF Scientific Diagnostic Leader, Joe Kilkenny, has been selected to receive a Defense Programs Award of Excellence "for international leadership and development of transformational diagnostics on high-energy-density science facilities." Kilkenny has made major contributions to experimental inertial confinement fusion for more than 38 years and is a frequent collaborator with the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

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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.

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