Science Highlights

11.01.15Science Highlight

One Photon or Two?

First mixed matter/anti-matter probe aims to solve decade-old proton puzzle. Read More »

Dr. Aranh Pen (back row) and students Shaun Loveless, Scott Essenmacher, Eric Greve, and Tara Mastren (right to left) are part of the team that is testing a new method to harvest long-lived radioisotopes from the remotely operated aqueous target device (background) at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Lab.11.01.15Science Highlight

Reaping Radioisotopes

Researchers harvest long-lived isotopes that are difficult or impossible to acquire otherwise. Read More »

Off-center collisions of gold ions create a strong magnetic field and set up a series of effects that push positively charged particles to the poles of the football-shaped collision zone and negatively charged particles to the 11.01.15Science Highlight

Ripples Ruffle Primordial Plasma

RHIC physicists discover key evidence for a long-debated phenomenon in particle collisions. Read More »

Simulation of radioactive beam stopping in the plasma of an electron cyclotron resonance ion source as a first step toward high-efficiency charge breeding.11.01.15Science Highlight

Major Gains in Ion Production for Radioactive Beams

Nuclear physics research with radioactive beams enhanced by high-efficiency charge-breeding techniques. Read More »

Inside the Super-Kamiokande detector, scientists clean light-detecting photomultiplier tubes from a raft as the large underground tank is slowly filled with 50,000 metric tons of ultra-pure water.11.01.15Science Highlight

A Nobel for Neutrinos: Super-Kamiokande

Discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass, garners the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. Read More »

Completion of the SNO detector: A technician crouches inside the 12-m diameter acrylic vessel, so clear it can hardly be seen.10.01.15Science Highlight

A Nobel for Neutrinos: Sudbury Neutrino Observatory

Discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass, garners the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics. Read More »

Assembly of the Majorana Demonstrator Module 1 detectors.09.01.15Science Highlight

The Majorana Demonstrator: First Module of Germanium Detectors Comes Online

The Majorana experiment begins its search for neutrinoless double-beta decay. Read More »

Left: Boron-10 coated commercial silver-doped ZnS screens are used to capture ultracold neutrons directly; Right: A large area detector prototype is being examined in a light-tight box. An array of wavelength-shifting scintillator fibers is used to collect light from a 0.5 m by 0.3 m surface.09.01.15Science Highlight

A Large-Area Detector for Fundamental Neutron Science

New scalable cost-effective ultracold neutron detector has many applications. Read More »

Three Ti:Saphire laser system used for three-step resonance ionization of Uranium (U), Thorium (Th), and Paladium (Pd).09.01.15Science Highlight

Laser Detection of Actinides and Other Elements

New technique measures uranium, thorium, and palladium with efficiencies up to 500 times greater than current standard. Read More »

Researchers added extra energy to the proton to produce a pair of quarks, which then yielded new particles.08.01.15Science Highlight

Up and Down Quarks Favored Over Strange Ones

The proton's primary building blocks, up and down quarks, are produced more often than strange quarks in scattering experiments. Read More »