SCHOTT Glass Products Supplied to NIF

  • National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California reached new milestone in laser fusion research, achieving a net energy gain in a fusion reaction for the first time.
  • SCHOTT supplies the world’s biggest laser at NIF with laser glass and other critical optical glass components for its research
  • SCHOTT glass products supplied to NIF are manufactured and processed in Duryea, PA, and in Europe

For over half a century, scientists have tried to recreate the fusion reactions that power the sun. Their challenge has been generating more energy than a fusion reaction itself consumes. For the first time, NIF has now reached this major milestone, known as net energy gain.Last week, NIF’s experiment delivered 2.05 megajoules (MJ) of energy to the target, resulting in 3.15 MJ of fusion energy output. The result was ignition, as well as modest net energy gain. Scientists believe this technology could one day help generate commercial-scale power.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Enabled by glass: High-quality optical glass helped NIF’s scientists to reach a spectacular breakthrough in clean energy production. Picture: Damien Jemison, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Powered by high-end components – Made in the United States & in Europe

“Our optics teams are very excited about this achievement. We’ve been working toward this for decades, solving problems that seemed unsolvable. We’re looking forward to continuing to deliver perfect optical glass solutions as part of our commitment to developing clean power solutions,” says Bill James, Head of Research and Development for SCHOTT North America, Inc. SCHOTT supplies laser glass and optical glass for all relevant parts of NIFs high energy laser used for its groundbreaking research. Besides advanced laser glass, this includes fused silicaBOROFLOAT® debris shields, N-BK7 polarizers and turning mirror substrates, blast shields between flashlamps and the laser slabs, and specialty filters.

Pioneering – responsibly – together

These attributes characterize SCHOTT as a manufacturer of high-tech materials based on specialty glass. Founder Otto Schott is considered its inventor and became the pioneer of an entire industry. Always opening up new markets and applications with a pioneering spirit and passion – this is what has driven the #glasslovers at SCHOTT for more than 130 years. Represented in 34 countries, the company is a highly skilled partner for high-tech industries: Healthcare, Home Appliances & Living, Consumer Electronics, Semiconductors & Datacom, Optics, Industry & Energy, Automotive, Astronomy, and Aerospace. In the fiscal year 2021, its 17,300 employees generated sales of 2.5 billion euros (US$ 3.0 billion). SCHOTT AG is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation, one of the oldest foundations in Germany. It uses the Group’s dividends to promote science. As a foundation company, SCHOTT has anchored responsibility for employees, society and the environment deeply in its DNA. The goal is to become a climate-neutral company by 2030.

First Friday is Tomorrow!

First Friday Scranton features a wide variety of cultural events found in some of the city’s best restaurants and cafes, as well as galleries, boutiques, and other small businesses. All events associated with First Friday Scranton take place from 5-9PM in a walk-able, close knit footprint, though a trolley bus is available to provide shuttle service at designated stops. First Friday Scranton serves as a conduit to artists, connecting them to prospective venues, art lovers seeking entertainment, and venues looking to attract new customers. For over 10 years First Friday Scranton has been a foundational event fostering growth and supporting local businesses and the arts in Downtown Scranton.

M = Live Music
S = Open Saturday

1.) AFA Gallery – “THREE: A Show in 3 Dimensions” featuring various artists. S

2.) Analog Culture – “2EZ” by artists Eric Bussart & Zack Yahn. Live music by K.A.N.O.B.I. M S

3.) Artworks – All Student Show

4.) Bazaar Skateshop – Various works by artist Kaitlyn Kishbaugh. S

5.) Cathedral of Saint Peter – Live music – Renaissance Favorites by The Lyric Consort. M S

6.) Duffy Accessories – Various visual artists from West Scranton Senior High School art class under artist/educator Ryan Hnat. Keyboard music by George Malloy. M S

7.) The Workshop – Accordion Books by Marywood Art Students. S