Science Headlines

05.10.16User Facility

Neutrons Tap into Magnetism in Topological Insulators at High TemperaturesExternal link

A multi-institutional team of researchers has discovered novel magnetic behavior on the surface of a specialized material that holds promise for smaller, more efficient devices and other advanced technology. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.10.16User Facility

Ultra-fast X-ray Lasers Illuminate Elusive Atomic SpinsExternal link

New x-ray technique reveals never-before-seen, trillionth-of-a-second magnetic fluctuations that transform the electronic and magnetic properties of materials. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.09.16From the Labs

Large Hadron Collider Prepares to Deliver Six Times the DataExternal link

After months of winter hibernation, the Large Hadron Collider is once again smashing protons and taking data. The LHC will run around the clock for the next six months and produce roughly 2 quadrillion high-quality proton collisions, six times more than in 2015 and just shy of the total number of collisions recorded during the nearly three years of the collider’s first run. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.09.16User Facility

Visualizing the Lithiation of a Nanosized Iron-Oxide Material in Real TimeExternal link

A team of researchers from Brookhaven National Lab, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland, College Park, has developed an electron microscopy technique to visualize atomic-scale reaction pathways and track phase changes in lithium-ion battery materials. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.09.16User Facility

Speedy Ion Conduction in Solid electrolytes Clears Road for Advanced Energy DevicesExternal link

A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has used state-of-the-art microscopy to identify a previously undetected feature, about 5 billionths of a meter (nanometers) wide, in a solid electrolyte. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.05.16From the Labs

How Ameriflux Helped Determine the Impact of the 2012 U.S. Drought on the Carbon CycleExternal link

To map the carbon flux across the nation during the 2012 drought, an international team of scientists used a network of 22 “carbon-sensing” towers in the continental United States - part of the Ameriflux network, a community of scientists and sites that measure ecosystem carbon, water, and energy fluxes in North and South America. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.05.16User Facility

SLAC’s Historic Linac Turns 50 and Gets a MakeoverExternal link

SLAC’s 2-mile-long linac, the longest linear accelerator ever built, produced its first particle beams 50 years ago and has been the lab’s backbone for accelerator-driven science ever since. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.04.16User Facility

Scientists Challenge Conventional Wisdom to Improve Predictions of the Bootstrap Current at the Edge of Fusion PlasmasExternal link

PPPL researchers used the Mira supercomputer at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility to challenge conventional understanding of the bootstrap current in a tokamak, modeling the self-generating electric current in a steep gradient region where the temperature and density drop off sharply. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.04.16User Facility

Could Aluminum Nitride Produce Quantum Bits?External link

Using NERSC’s Edison supercomputer, researchers found that by applying strain to aluminum nitride, one could create structural defects that may be harnessed as qubits similar to the one seen in diamond. Read MoreExternal linkage

05.04.16User Facility

Making Waves on MiraExternal link

Researchers used the Mira supercomputer at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility to validate a new “wave-like” theoretical model for the van der Waals force, demonstrating that this long-range interaction can be significantly enhanced at the nanoscale. Read MoreExternal linkage