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.

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Chuck Sorce Awarded Top Honors

Engineering Division Director, Chuck Sorce, graduated from the University of Rochester Simon School of Business MBA program this weekend at the top of his class. He was awarded the Hugh H. Whitney Award, a high honor presented to the graduating student with the highest record of academic achievement in the Executive MBA Program.

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COVID-19 Resources

The content in this section was developed for persons working at LLE, and will be updated as new information becomes available

University of Rochester COVID-19 Updates
LLE COVID-19 Updates
Video of All Hands Meeting 5/6

LLE COVID-19 Safety Resources

Dr. Chat Bot Daily Health Status Survey
Dr. Chat Bot Login Instructions
COVID Supplies Request Forms
LLE COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy
LLE Building Access
LLE COVID-19 Safety Training
Safety Suggestions and Questions
LLE COVID-19 Q&A

COVID Statistics

Centers for Disease Control
NYS Dept. of Health COVID-19 Tracker
Monroe County NY COVID-19 Dashboard
UR confirmed cases

Additional Resources

Center for Disease Control: COVID-19


Around the Lab

Measuring the Crystal Structure of HED Materials: X-Ray Diffraction at the Omega Laser Facility

X-ray diffraction (XRD) is a quantitative tool for characterizing a material's atomic structure that exploits the periodicity of atomic arrangements to produce constructive interference of x rays at specific angles scattered from parallel planes of atoms in a sample. Atomic positions within the crystal determine the x-ray peak positions and intensities. The resulting diffraction pattern is the Fourier transform of the electron density distribution and offers critical details about structures, phases, textures, and other structural parameters, such as average grain size, crystallinity, strain, and crystal defects.

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