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Last week NNSA’s Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton visited the University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE) for an overview of LLE’s unique capabilities and how they’re used in experiments to support NNSA’s science-based Stockpile Stewardship Program.
Established in 1970, LLE is home to the OMEGA Laser Facility, which is the largest and most capable laser found at any academic institution worldwide. OMEGA stands 10 meters tall and is about 100 meters long.
OMEGA, operational since 1995, is a vital contributor to national security mission objectives, a rich source of scientific education and leadership, and a source of innovation and growth for the optics, imaging and photonics sector. LLE is recognized internationally for its critical contributions to NNSA’s science-based Stockpile Stewardship Program in partnership with NNSA’s three national laboratories (Los Alamos, Sandia and Livermore).