Science Headlines

09.01.16User Facility

When Nanofabrication Leads to Nanoscience: Optics Developed at the CFN Bring NSLS-II's Ultra-Bright X-rays into Focus for Scientific ImagingExternal link

Optics are critical components in a one-of-a-kind x-ray microscope that was recognized with a 2016 Microscopy Today Innovation Award and named a 2016 R&D 100 Award finalist. Read MoreExternal linkage

09.01.16User Facility

Researchers Peel Back Another Layer of Chemistry with ‘Tender’ X-raysExternal link

Scientists can now directly probe a previously hard-to-see layer of chemistry thanks to a unique X-ray toolkit developed at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). Read MoreExternal linkage

08.31.16User Facility

SLAC’s High-Speed ‘Electron Camera’ Films Atomic Nuclei in Vibrating MoleculesExternal link

An ultrafast “electron camera” at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has made the first direct snapshots of atomic nuclei in molecules that are vibrating within millionths of a billionth of a second after being hit by a laser pulse. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.31.16Profile

Emilio Ramirez: Path to Biomass Research Full of Twists, Turns and Personal DiscoveryExternal link

Ramirez, a California native who is now a University of Tennessee doctoral candidate working with the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, acquired his first experience with bioenergy as the lead operator of a biomass circulating fluidized-bed combustion facility. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.31.16User Facility

Argonne Theorists Solve a Long-Standing Fundamental ProblemExternal link

Scientists from Argonne National Laboratory formulated a new method to provide a general and exact solution for any system at any energy, a solution that will benefit many areas of physics, chemistry, materials science, nanoscience and biology. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.29.16User Facility

Poof! The Weird Case of the X-ray that Came Out BlankExternal link

Researchers at SLAC’s Linac Coherent Light Source have observed a nonlinear optical effect, called “stimulated scattering,” that had never been seen in X-rays before and is a milestone in the quest to understand how light interacts with matter. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.29.16From the Labs

Major Next Steps for Fusion Energy Based on the Spherical Tokamak DesignExternal link

Physicists at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab and the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy are considering the design and materials for the next step in fusion reactions research – a device called a Fusion Nuclear Science Facility that could become a pilot plant and serve as a forerunner for a commercial fusion reactor. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.24.16User Facility

PPPL and Princeton Help Lead a New Center to Understand and Mitigate Runaway Electrons that Pose a Challenge for ITERExternal link

Researchers from nine U.S. universities and national laboratories are working together to explore the causes and solutions for runaway electrons, which travel at nearly the speed of light and could damage the interior walls of future tokamaks. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.24.16From the Labs

Neutrino Experiments Utilize ORNL Experts, Equipment to Explore the UnknownExternal link

Three large neutrino experiments – PROSPECT and COHERENT, both based at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and the Majorana Collaboration based at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in South Dakota – are gearing up with researchers from many institutions to advance our understanding of neutrino physics. Read MoreExternal linkage

08.22.16From the Labs

How to Keep the Superhot Plasma Inside Tokamaks from ChirpingExternal link

Using computer simulations at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, researchers discovered conditions that explains the phenomenon of chirping – a wave in plasma that breaks from a single note into rapidly changing notes - and may help to optimize the design of fusion energy plants in the future. Read MoreExternal linkage