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  • Support the U.S. scientific community by funding research projects at universities that conduct fundamental science and technology research that is of relevance to Stockpile Stewardship, namely; materials under extreme conditions (condensed matter physics and materials science, hydrodynamics, and...
  • Functions The Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing and Institutional R&D, a program office part of the NNSA Office of Defense Programs, advocates for and manages NNSA’s Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) and Site Directed Research and Development (SDRD) Programs, with...
  • DOE/NNSA has identified LLNL's High Explosives Applications Facility (HEAF) as the complex-wide "Center of Excellence" for High-Explosives Research and Development. In this capacity, HEAF is a source of subject matter expertise for high explosives and other energetic materials. Its mission is to...
  • Named after the Greek goddess of victory, the Nike facility includes the world's largest krypton fluoride (KrF) laser. Nike was developed primarily to investigate interactions of high intensity KrF light with matter. The target facility is well equipped for experiments on laser generated shocks,...
  • Two glass laser systems make up the Omega Laser Facility: the 60-beam, 30kJ UV OMEGA laser that has been operational since 1995, and the OMEGA EP addition with four new beamlines that was completed in 2008. Each of OMEGA EP’s beamlines can deliver 6.5 kJ UV to one side of a target. Two of the...
  • There are currently no open solicitations for the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances Program.  You can search for other opportunities at www.grants.gov.
  • An integral part of the national hydrotest program, the DARHT is the world's most powerful x-ray machine. DARHT consists of two electron accelerators oriented at right angles to one another. Each accelerator creates a powerful electron beam that is focused onto a metal target which converts the...
  • The Z Machine is a pulsed power driver that delivers enormous power in a short duration pulse to a small complex target at the center of the large (34 meters in diameter) accelerator.  Pulsed power technology is used to store 20 megajoules of electrical energy over a period of minutes and...
  • The construction of the 192-beam 1.8 MJ UV NIF, the world’s most energetic laser, was completed in March 2009. Current experiments are focusing on using the NIF laser and other ICF high energy density facilities leading to demonstrate fusion ignition and thermonuclear burn in the laboratory....
  • The JASPER gas gun at the Nevada National Security Site is used to fire a projectile at a plutonium target.  The shock wave produced by the impact passes through the plutonium, and diagnostic equipment measures the properties of the shocked plutonium.  Shock physics experiments such as...

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