Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory



ULTRAFAST OPTICS AND PHOTONICS

LLNL houses the world's most powerful laser at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) for management of the nuclear stockpile. The world's foremost optics and photonics engineers are assembled here for research, design, building, operation, and testing, and uncharted territory is explored daily. The NIF program is exploited by many applications in our scientific program portfolio.

HIGH-SPEED TRANSIENT RECORDING

We develop instruments for measuring ultrafast events (1-trillionth to 1-billionth of a second).

RF PHOTONICS

Our photonics employ hybrid electronic and photonic systems at high signal-to-noise ratio and dynamic range systems.

BEAM AND PULSE SHAPING

Technologies for controlling the spatial and temporal profile of optical images and waveforms are in continuous development.

IMAGING RANGING AND DETECTION

We research instrumentation for multidimensional imaging of rapid events.





Some of our current projects we are working on include:


Solid-State Streak Camera

LLNL's new solid-state streak camera replaces electron-tube technology. Designed to operate in the x-ray range from 1keV to 30keV, temporal resolution compares with existing electron-tube systems.

Engineer with optics assembly

High-Contrast Temporal Optical Pulse Shaping

To accurately shape high-contrast optical pulses, our technique uses nonlinear optoelectronics to enhance amplitude resolution for very low signals. This is impossible with traditional methods.


MagNIF

Exposing a NIF target to a magnetic field millions of times stronger than the earth's, engineers in electromagnetics and pulsed power are working to accelerate the timeline to ignition. Magnetic confinement, a longtime Lab strength, is now exploited to assist laser-driven inertial-confinement fusion.

NIF target bay

Fifth Harmonic Generation

We developed the capability to operate a 50-mm CLBO nonlinear crystal that allows an optical Thomson-scattering diagnostic to operate in the VUV range of 150 nm. This requires the nonlinear crystal for operating at temperatures above 120oC.




CAREER TITLES

  • Applied Physicist/EE
  • Applied Statistician
  • Applied Statistics
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Computation Engineering
  • Computer Vision
  • Control Systems Hardware
  • Defense Technologies Engineering
  • EE Drafter
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical/Mechanical Coordinator
  • Electronics
  • Engineering Technologies and Design
  • Hypersonic EngineerĀ 
  • Image and Signal Processing
  • Instrumentation and Controls
  • Laser
  • Machine Learning
  • MachinistĀ 
  • ME Analyst
  • Mechanical
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical/Electro-Optic Systems
  • National Security Engineering
  • NIF Coordinator
  • Operations Research
  • Optical and Electronics
  • Optical Diagnostics
  • Optical Poduction
  • Optics Automation Hardware
  • Optimal Sequential Decision-Making
  • Optimization
  • Photonics/Laser Electro-Optics
  • Reduced Order Modeling
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Signal Processing
  • Simulation Optimization
  • Target Fabrication
  • Thermal Comp Fluid Dynamics/Design
  • Ultrafast Optical and Electronics





PUBLICATIONS

2019

Frequency-to-time Optical Arbitrary Waveform Generator. | Beam and Pulse Shaping.

D. E. Mittelberger, R. D. Muir, M. Y. Hamamoto, M. A. Prantil, and J. E. Heebner.

2018


Validating Data Analysis of Broadband Laser Ranging. | Broadband Laser Ranging

M. Rhodes , J. Catenacci, M. Howard, B. La Lone, N. Kostinski, D. Perry, C. Bennett , and J. Patterson.


Accuracy and Precision in Broadband Laser Ranging. | Broadband Laser Ranging

Michelle Rhodes, Corey Bennett, Daniel Perry.

2017


Broadband Laser Ranging Development at the DOE Labs. | Broadband Laser Ranging

C. V. Bennett, B. M. La Lone, P. W. Younk, E. P. Daykin, M. A. Rhodes.


Broadband Laser Ranging Development at the DOE Labs. | Broadband Laser Ranging

Corey V. Bennett, Brandon M. La Lone, Patrick W. Younk, Ed P. Daykin, Michelle A. Rhodes.

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Broadband Laser Ranging: Signal Analysis and Interpretation. | Broadband Laser Ranging

Natalie Kostinski, Michelle A. Rhodes, Jared Catenacci, Marylesa Howard, Brandon M. La Lone, Patrick Younk, Adam Lodes, Corey V. Bennett, Patrick J. Harding.


Broadband Laser Ranging: Signal Analysis and Interpretation. | Broadband Laser Ranging

Natalie Kostinski, Michelle A. Rhodes, Jared Catenacci, Marylesa Howard, Brandon M. La Lone, Patrick Younk, Adam Lodes, Corey V. Bennett, Patrick J. Harding.


2015

Highly Sensitive Electro-Optic Modulators. | RF Photonics

Peter Devore





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