Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Delivering science and technology to protect our nation and promote world stability

Inertial Confinement Fusion, High Energy Density Physics

We invent, engineer, and operate advanced x-ray, gamma-ray, and neutron diagnostics for the nation's leading laser facilities.


Advancing research in stockpile stewardship science

Using the world’s most powerful lasers, Physics Division scientists are exploring the behavior of matter at truly extreme densities and temperatures in the laboratory.

Experimental research of the Physics Division’s Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF) program is conducted at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the OMEGA Laser Facility at the University of Rochester.

Los Alamos specializes in symmetry tuning, hydrodynamic mixing, kinetic plasma effects, and thermonuclear burn in ultra-extreme conditions. When complete, this research will enable the exploitation of fusion as an energy resource and will enable advanced research in stockpile stewardship science.

Our staff members are experts in the development, engineering, fabrication, commissioning, operation, and interpretation of advanced x-ray, gamma-ray, and neutron diagnostics.

Physics Division designed and constructed the very fast x-ray framing cameras used at the NIF, the Gamma Reaction History instrument at the NIF that measures the time of peak deuterium and tritium reactivity, and the neutron imaging system that records the spatial details of the burning plasma inside a NIF-imploded capsule.

Our research requires close collaboration with computational physicists in X-Theoretical Design and X-Computational Physics divisions, as well as target fabrication specialists in Materials Science and Technology Division.