Fifty Years of Progress at NIF

Mary Spaeth and Ken Manes

Optica Laser Congress plenary speakers Mary Spaeth and Ken Manes will talk about advances at the US National Ignition Facility.

Target chamberThe target chamber of the Nova laser system. [Courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory]

Last year, the laser program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), USA, celebrated its 50th anniversary. Mary Spaeth and Ken Manes—plenary speakers for this month’s Optica Laser Congress and Exhibition in Tacoma, WA, USA—have been there for most of the program’s ups and downs.

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