Benefits of NP

Applications of Nuclear Science

The Office of Nuclear Physics funds a community of scientists to do basic nuclear physics research that seeks to uncover the fundamental nature of matter. As a consequence of this basic research, many ideas and instruments (funded through various sources) have found their way into many different areas in public life as well as in other government programs. A selection of these “spinoffs” is given below.


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Assembly of high gradient SC cavities and SC solenoids in the clean room.April 2014Science Highlights

Advances in High Power Compact Accelerators

Argonne superconducting radiofrequency technology boosts a variety of applications. Read More »

A toroid SMES system consisting of a number of high field coils made with the High Temperature Superconductors (HTS).August 2013Science Highlights

Massive Energy Storage in Superconductors (SMES)

Novel high temperature superconductor magnet technology charts new territory. Read More »

Hot cells used to purify highly radioactive materials for medical use.June 2013Science Highlights

Flexible Medical Radioisotope Production

Brookhaven’s large proton linear accelerator is able to produce medically useful radioisotopes not available elsewhere. Read More »

Jefferson Lab's K20 supercomputer.June 2013Science Highlights

Supercomputing on a Budget

The optimization of commercial hardware and specialized software enables cost-effective supercomputing. Read More »

Silicon photomultiplier array.January 2013Science Highlights

Advanced 3D Detectors for Research

Gamma-ray detectors built with silicon photomultiplier arrays provide high-resolution 3D imaging for research. Read More »

NASA Chamber AOctober 2012Science Highlights

Space Chamber Reaches Cold Target at Unprecedented Efficiency

Thomas Jefferson Laboratory lends expertise in cryogenics developments. Read More »

Tuning the ATTA magneto-optic atom trap at Argonne National laboratory.October 2012Science Highlights

Sleuthing the Fate of Water in Ancient Aquifers and Ice Cores

Precision analytical techniques developed for fundamental experiments in nuclear physics now enable routine measurements of ultra-low concentrations of Krypton radioisotopes in samples of water, ice, and gas. Read More »

Acctinium 225 in 2 V VialsJuly 2012Science Highlights

Progress on Production of Alpha-emitting Radioisotopes for Cancer Therapy

High yield production of Actinium-225 and Radium-223 achieved by high energy proton bombardment of natural thorium targets. Read More »

PhytoPET plant imaging system.June 2012Science Highlights

Radiation Imaging Detectors for Plant Photosynthesis Research

Imaging tools aid research in global climate change, plant genetics, biofuels, agriculture, and carbon sequestration. Read More »

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