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  • LANSCE provides the scientific community with intense sources of neutrons supporting both civilian and national security applications.  The principal sponsors of LANSCE include the DOE, NNSA, Office of Science and Office of Nuclear Energy, Science and Technology. Users conduct research at...
  • The Trident glass laser system consists of three high-energy beams that can be delivered to two independent target experimental areas. Its long-pulse capabilities have led to innovations in unique loading techniques for material dynamics research. Its short pulse capability includes very high...
  • The U1a Complex is an underground laboratory at the Nevada National Security Site used for dynamic experiments with special nuclear material (SNM) and other weapon materials.  The Complex provides an infrastructure of high-bandwidth diagnostics, data acquisition, timing and firing, control and...
  • The CFF firing chamber is the largest explosive chamber in the world, used for large-scale experiments using high-explosives with full containment of hazardous materials. The facility provides a combination of capabilities, including wide-angle flash radiography, laser velocimetry, pin-dome...
  • Properties of Materials under Extreme Conditions and Hydrodynamics During open solicitations research proposals are solicited for grants and Centers of Excellence in the area of fundamental properties and response of materials under extreme conditions (condensed matter physics and materials science...
  • Established in 2002, the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances Program funds academic research in the areas of materials under extreme conditions, low energy nuclear science, radiochemistry, and high energy density physics.  One of the goals of the program is to fund research projects at...
  • NNSA’s Office of Inertial Confinement Fusion and DOE’s Office of Science established a joint program in HEDLP in 2008. Initially, this program was a combination of work that was funded as part of the NNSA’s Stewardship Science Academic Alliances Program in the research area of high energy density...
  • By 2025, the weapons complex will have replaced the entire generation of scientists who designed, tested and built the weapons in the current stockpile.  Ensuring the long-term success of stockpile stewardship will require maintaining a high-quality workforce: theorists, experimentalists,...
  • The Office of ICF provides experimental capabilities and scientific understanding in high energy density physics (HEDP) necessary to ensure a safe, secure, and effective nuclear weapons stockpile without underground testing.  The demonstration of laboratory ignition and its use to support the...
  • Mission Ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the nuclear weapons stockpile through well-managed scientific research, technology development, and advantageous international collaborations. The Office of Research and Development is responsible for managing the Science...

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