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spider webs

Perfecting the spider’s art to support NIF targets

Materials scientist Xavier Lepro can’t grow his “spider webs” fast enough to swing from skyscrapers like Spiderman, but he can best another web-maker, Mother Nature, when it comes to consistency.

3D printing

NIF technology could revolutionize 3D printing

A technology originally developed to smooth out and pattern high-powered laser beams for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) can be used to 3D print metal objects faster than ever before.

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Lab scientists develop next-generation NIF optics to boost energy and limit damage

A new anti-reflective coating and a novel chemical process for laser optics represents an important breakthrough in its effort to boost the energy of the National Ignition Facility’s (NIF) 192 giant lasers.


The softer side of NIF hohlraums

Considering that nothing precious comes from an online retailer without protective padding, could precision laser targets also benefit from similar high-tech swaddling?

3D glass

Lab breakthrough in 3D printing of glass

LLNL scientists and academic collaborators have demonstrated the synthesis of transparent glass through 3D printing, a development that could ultimately lead to altering the design and structure of lasers and other devices that incorporate optics.