Logo for LLNL's High Energy Density Science Center




Created in 2015, the mission of the High Energy Density Science Center is to foster collaborations that have the potential to enhance the vitality of high energy density science (HEDS) research using laser facilities at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The HEDS Center supports academic collaborations on the application of high-intensity, high-energy lasers in areas that include laser-plasma physics, the study of matter under extreme conditions, and ultra-short, laser-pulse interaction physics.

Partnering with LLNL's National Ignition Facility, Physical & Life Sciences, and Weapons organizations, the HEDS Center aims to help strengthen HEDS research by:

  • Increasing collaboration between LLNL and academic researchers
  • Helping to build capabilities and innovation in HEDS
  • Attracting talented students to careers in HEDS

By integrating education, outreach, and research; partnering with universities and other national laboratories; and building connections to existing research efforts that support LLNL’s national security mission, the center aims to establish a vibrant virtual campus for HEDS research.

High Energy Density Science at Lawrence Livermore

HEDS and technology and stockpile science and technology form the cornerstones of the Laboratory's nuclear weapons (stockpile stewardship) mission. HEDS is thus an integral component of the Lab's national security missions (stockpile stewardship, nonproliferation, and homeland security). By combining the existing laser capabilities within Livermore's Jupiter Laser Facility with the capabilities of the National Ignition Facility, the Laboratory will continue to be the provider of unique, world-class capabilities in HEDS.