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This time-lapsed rendering illustrates the formation of an umbrella-shaped plasma sheath being pushed down the length of a cylindrical electrode, eventually collapsing inward on itself to create a tremendously dense region while an ion beam is timed to pass through the device as a plasma collapses in on itself, accelerating the beam particles.


The Engineering Directorate at LLNL is home to a broad range of engineering expertise, capabilities, and research. At its core is a world-class staff with deep expertise in a variety of engineering core competencies needed to meet current and future mission needs and to sustain the long-term vitality of our Laboratory's scientific foundations.

Our staff's core competencies help to define the Laboratory and produce the transformational breakthroughs that enable America to meet its national security challenges.