Infrared radiation helps us identify materials – from potentially hazardous chemicals on American soil, to extraterrestrial rocks millions of miles away. It also lets us monitor the globe from space. Learn more about how infrared is used in the National Security Enterprise.
Ultraviolet radiation passes through giant crystals as laser light aimed at tiny targets in the National Ignition Facility. It also helps make microchips for the semiconductor industry. Learn more about how ultraviolet light is used at NNSA.
X-Rays help certify the nuclear stockpile at Sandia Labs and Los Alamos Lab with high-tech optical lenses and super-fast digital cameras. Learn more about how X-rays are used in the Nuclear Security Enterprise.
Gamma Rays can identify dinosaur bones, inform radiological incident response, certify the safety of our nuclear weapons, and verify nonproliferation agreements. Learn how gamma rays help NNSA accomplish its missions.