Established in 2015, the mission of the High Energy Density Science (HEDS) Center is to foster collaborations that have the potential to enhance the vitality of HED science 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 Strategic Deterrence organizations, the HEDS Center aims to help strengthen HED science research by:

  • Increasing collaboration between LLNL and academic researchers
  • Helping to build capabilities and innovation in HED science
  • Attracting talented students to careers in HED science
  • Offering internships and postdoctoral fellowships in HED science

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.

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High Energy Density Science at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

HED science and stockpile science form the cornerstones of LLNL's nuclear weapons (stockpile stewardship) mission. HED science is thus an integral component of the Lab's national security missions (stockpile stewardship, nonproliferation, and homeland security). By combining the capabilities within LLNL'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 HED science.