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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: the photos, opposite, depict recent technological advances developed at LLNL. These technologies are just a few that LLNL is seeking to license for commercialization and/or pursue collaborative research and development partnerships to further develop.

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) is a premier research facility that conducts some of the nation's most innovative science. Our primary focus is national security, whether it's ensuring the performance of the nation's nuclear stockpile, developing capabilities to strengthen U.S. military forces and homeland security, or preventing the worldwide spread and use of weapons of mass destruction. Our work also extends to other areas that address pressing national needs, like cleaning up the environment, battling cancer, decoding the human genome, exploring the universe, and studying global warming.

Since our founding in 1952, the Laboratory has been managed by the University of California. As part of the University, we are able to recruit and retain a diverse world-class workforce, partner with the University's extensive research and academic community, and establish an atmosphere of intellectual innovation--all of which are essential to our sustained scientific and technical excellence.

1 Chemically Amplified Optical Sensors are novel optical-based continuous sensors. A prototype system for a non-invasive glucose sensor for diabetics has been developed that demonstrates the feasibility of a long-term implanted transdermal optical glucose sensor to measure and monitor glucose levels in humans. Optochemical sensors also have other medical, biological, environmental, and bio-security applications.

2 Durable Silver Mirror Coating is flexible and highly reflective from the ultraviolet to the far infrared. The process keeps silver mirror coatings from tarnishing even in extremely harsh environments. Applicable for instruments requiring a high-reflectance mirror such as telescopes, spectrometers, solar reflectors, photocopiers, cameras, and high-efficiency gratings.

3 Gene Silencing is a novel method to silence gene expression by using a novel short interfering nucleic acid molecule. The novel molecule is a powerful tool to study gene expression and functions, and an ideal candidate for new antibiotics, antiviral agents, fungicides, andtherapeutics for diseases.

4 High Throughput Protein Crystallization System enables compre-hensive crystallization screens for approximately twelve (12) protein samples a day. Protein samples are prescreened and concentration is adjusted to obtain optimum concentration for crystallization screening. LLNL works with instrumentation companies such as innovadyne Technologies, Inc. to integrate their systems into our automated processes.

5 Inductrack Magnetic Levitation (maglev) System uses new configurations of high-field permanent magnets to create its levitating fields. Its simplicity, energy efficiency, and "fail-safe" characteristics may help to break the technology/ economic log jam that has thus far inhibited the development of commercial maglev systems. The Federal Transportation Administration is providing funding to General Atomics to develop inter-city and urban transportation networks using Inductrack. Indutrack has also been studied for applications, still available to industry, from rocket launching, to people movers and similar small-scale transport system, to inter-city systems for high value freight.

6 MIR [Microwave Impulse Radar] a R&D 100 award winner, is a low-power, relatively low-cost radar system that presents a new paradigm in radar technology. The microradar can be preset to detect stationary objects with in a precisely defined range as well as any motion with that area. MIR can pentrate materials such as rubber, plastic, wood, concrete, glass, ice, and mud. MIR has multiple applications from industrial level sensors, to motion detectors, to medical devices.

7 Nanostructure Multilayer Capacitors can scale high density capacitors to miniature proportions. Applications for multilayer capacitors include power electronics control circuitry, automotive control systems, telecommunications, computers, most high energy power supplies, radar systems, and other radio-frequency applications.

8 SiMM [Silicon Monolithic Microchannel Cooled Laser Diode Array] a R&D 100 Award winner, is a modular packaging technology that allows the production of the smallest, most powerful, and least expensive laser diode pumps ever. The SiMM package accomplishes both effective cooling and high power output in a form that is specifically designed for building up large arrays.
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Title Annotation:Emerging technology: profile
Publication:R & D
Date:Oct 1, 2003
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