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.


Quick Shot

Donna Strickland Appointed
to Order of Canada

Donna Strickland '89 (Ph.D.), who shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics, has been appointed to the Order of Canada, which recognizes individuals who have made "extraordinary contributions to the nation." Strickland was appointed a Companion of the Order, the highest of three levels of the award. She and Prof. Gérard Mourou were awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics "for groundbreaking inventions in the field of laser physics" for their invention of chirped-pulse amplification while at LLE in the 1980s.

Past Quick Shots

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.