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Image shows the “stripes” (the alternating yellow and blue regions) of electronic charge alignment found in a ferroelectric thin film.September 2013Science Highlights

Towards Understanding Electronic Switching in Magnets

Researchers have invented a new x-ray imaging technique that could reveal key atomic-scale properties in ferroelectric magnetic materials. Read More »

Data points indicating the strength of long-range charge order (top) show that the static stripe order disappears at 240 K, while the data related to short-range dynamic correlations (bottom) show a gradual decay at much higher temperatures.September 2013Science Highlights

The Role of Stripes in Superconducting Behavior

Using neutron diffraction, movement of charged atoms arranged as “stripes” was captured for the first time. Read More »

Scanning electron micrograph of a new solid electrolyte material (lithium thiophosphate) showing its surface morphology and the nanoscale porosity which are responsible for its high ionic conductivity; Inset shows its crystal structure.July 2013Science Highlights

New Materials for High-Energy, Long-Life Rechargeable Batteries

Using sulfur-rich, highly ionic compounds as cathodes and electrolytes enables solid-state lithium-sulfur rechargeable batteries. Read More »

Resonant scattering with coherent x-rays is used to probe the size and the dynamics of magnetic domains in a Dysprosium (one of the elements with highest magnetic strength) crystal with three different domains (shown in three colors in the schematic).June 2013Science Highlights

Magnetic Systems Mimic Granular Materials

Magnetic domains exhibit the same dynamic jamming behavior universal to granular materials, polymers, glasses and emulsions. Read More »

High-energy x-ray diffraction pattern from a single grain of a gadolinium – cadmium alloy (shown in center) displaying the novel five-fold rotational symmetry, characteristic of an icosahedral quasicrystal.June 2013Science Highlights

A New Class of Magnetic Materials with Novel Structural Order

The discovery of the first binary magnetic quasicrystals will enable the unraveling of the fundamental relationship between the structure and magnetism in aperiodic materials. Read More »

Protons and x-rays permit direct, nondestructive imaging of melting and solidification of metal alloys.June 2013Science Highlights

Using Protons to Peer into Metal Solidification

Proton radiography is a new tool for imaging melting and solidification of metals. Read More »

Scanning electron microscope image of a silicon surface hosting a nano-scale array of V-shaped gold antennas (metasurface) with different lengths, orientations, and angles.April 2013Science Highlights

Putting Light to Work at the Quantum Scale

Using artificial nanostructures to control the properties of light could play a prominent role in the future of computing. Read More »

Small-angle scattering (SAS) with X-rays (pictured) or neutrons provides structural data for many biomolecules not suited for other analytical methods because of their flexible structures.April 2013Science Highlights

Small-Angle Scattering of Proteins and Nucleic Acids

New method enables structure determination of flexible biomolecules. Read More »

Addition of copper ions (Cu II) to protein monomers that are engineered with metal-coordination sites leads to the spontaneous metal-induced assembly of specifically designed protein cages.March 2013Science Highlights

Triggering “Flash” Assembly of Proteins

Designing protein assemblies whose interactions can be manipulated to respond to a single environmental cue. Read More »

Research on uranium transformation and mobility in the subsurface is providing insights that can aid remediation efforts at contaminated sites such as the Hanford 300 area in Washington.March 2013Science Highlights

Common Mineral Impurity Can Affect Uranium Mobility

Previously unknown role of titanium in subsurface chemistry revealed. Read More »

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