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09.27.16User Facility

Crystalline Fault Lines Provide Pathway for Solar Cell CurrentExternal link

A team of scientists studying solar cells made from cadmium telluride, a promising alternative to silicon, has discovered that microscopic "fault lines" within and between crystals of the material act as conductive pathways that ease the flow of electric current. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.26.16User Facility

Berkeley Lab Collaboration Enhances Optical Chip Design ProcessExternal link

A unique collaboration between a U.S. telecommunications equipment provider and a Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science national laboratory has helped dramatically improve design cycle times for future high-speed optical networking components. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.26.16From the Labs

GreenWood Resources Licenses ORNL Invention to Boost Biofuel YieldExternal link

GreenWood, a global timberland investment and asset management company based in Oregon, plans to commercialize the technology to select and breed better varieties of poplar with less lignin content, which simplifies the conversion process and ultimately lowers the overall costs of biofuel production. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.26.16User Facility

Scientists Find Twisting 3-D Raceway for Electrons in Nanoscale Crystal SlicesExternal link

The international team of scientists from Berkeley Lab, UC Berkeley, and Germany observed, for the first time, a unique behavior in which electrons rotate around one surface, then through the bulk of the material to its opposite surface and back. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.23.16User Facility

SLAC’s X-ray Laser Glimpses How Electrons Dance with Atomic Nuclei in MaterialsExternal link

Studies at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory could help design and control materials with intriguing properties, including novel electronics, solar cells and superconductors. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.22.16From the Labs

Ames Laboratory Discovers Way to Make Alane a Better Hydrogen Fuel Option for VehiclesExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, in collaboration with several partners, have discovered a less-expensive, more energy-efficient way to produce alane – aluminum trihydride – a hydrogen source widely considered to be a technological dead-end for use in automotive vehicles. Read MoreExternal linkage


Melissa Allen: The Atmosphere's the LimitExternal link

Melissa Allen’s work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is focused on urban infrastructure and atmospheric transport, creating models to determine the effects of temperature and climate changes on human activity. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.22.16User Facility

Argonne Ahead of the "Curve" in Magnetic StudyExternal link

A new study by Argonne researchers determined that magnetic skyrmions – small electrically uncharged circular structures with a spiraling magnetic pattern – do get deflected by an applied current, much like a curveball getting deflected by air. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.21.16User Facility

'Schroedinger's Cat' Molecules Give Rise to Exquisitely Detailed MoviesExternal link

Researchers at the Stanford PULSE Institute and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have exploited the Schroedinger’s Cat paradox - that an atom or molecule can also be in two different states at once - to create X-ray movies of atomic motion with much more detail than ever before. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.21.16From the Labs

A Conscious Coupling of Magnetic and Electric MaterialsExternal link

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and Cornell University have successfully paired ferroelectric and ferrimagnetic materials so that their alignment can be controlled with a small electric field at near room temperatures, an achievement that could open doors to ultra low-power microprocessors, storage devices and next-generation electronics. Read MoreExternal linkage