Laboratory News

01.30.19From the Labs

Catching Atoms in Action: Watching Next-gen Materials CrystallizeExternal link

Experts in capturing atomic-level details of complex materials transformations, Lin Zhou and other scientists in Ames Laboratory’s Division of Materials Sciences and Engineering melted, super-cooled and then reheated a model alloy of aluminum and samarium, and monitored the reheating process in real time with a combination of high-energy x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Read More »

01.30.19From the Labs

Predicting Urban and Coastal MicroclimatesExternal link

A team from Brookhaven Lab has deployed a sensor-equipped truck that will drive around urban and coastal areas in the Northeastern United States over the next few years to collect atmospheric data. These data will advance our understanding of the hard-to-predict microclimates—local climates that differ from the climate of the surrounding area—affecting such areas. Read More »

01.29.19From the Labs

Jon Poplawsky—Probing Materials to Improve Energy and Information TechnologiesExternal link

Jon Poplawsky, a materials scientist at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, develops and links advanced characterization techniques that improve our ability to see and understand atomic-scale features of diverse materials for energy and information technologies. Read More »

01.29.19From the Labs

16 Elements: Berkeley Lab’s Contributions to the Periodic TableExternal link

A century ago, the periodic table looked much different than it does today. It had empty spots for elements that had not yet been found, and ended at uranium (element 92), the heaviest known element until 1940. But scientists were dreaming about artificially creating even heavier elements. Read More »

01.28.19From the Labs

Fast Action: A Novel Device May Provide Rapid Control of Plasma Disruptions in a Fusion FacilityExternal link

Scientists seeking to capture and control on Earth fusion energy, the process that powers the sun and stars, face the risk of disruptions — sudden events that can halt fusion reactions and damage facilities called tokamaks that house them. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), and the University of Washington have developed a novel prototype for rapidly controlling disruptions before they can take full effect. Read More »

01.28.19From the Labs

How to Escape a Black Hole: Simulations Provide New Clues to What’s Driving Powerful Plasma JetsExternal link

New simulations led by researchers working at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley combine decades-old theories to provide new insight about the driving mechanisms in the plasma jets that allow them to steal energy from black holes’ powerful gravitational fields and propel it far from their gaping mouths. Read More »

01.25.19From the Labs

DOE Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar Visits Fermilab to Discuss Quantum ProgramExternal link

Fermilab’s quantum program includes a number of leading-edge research initiatives that build on the lab’s unique capabilities as the U.S. center for high-energy physics (HEP) and a leader in quantum physics research. We expect successful quantum applications to advance high-energy particle physics by enabling precision experiments and theoretical studies beyond what is currently possible. Read More »

01.25.19From the Labs

Cliff Gerlak: From U.S. Marine Veteran to Chemical EngineerExternal link

Working under the direction of the Chemistry Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, Gerlak is researching fundamental reactions of methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) and the behavior of catalysts that can produce useful chemicals. Working with his mentor, Chemist Sanjaya Senanayake, and post-doc Lili Lin, Gerlak is investigating how chemical fuels (hydrogen, alcohols) can be manufactured from CO2 and CH4. Read More »

01.24.19From the Labs

Taking Magnetism for a Spin: Exploring the Mysteries of SkyrmionsExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered the relaxation dynamics of a zero-field state in skyrmions, a spinning magnetic phenomenon that has potential applications in data storage and spintronic devices. Read More »

01.23.19From the Labs

Scientists Predict Reaction Data for Fusion Research, Insight Into Universe's OriginsExternal link

Using simulations and calculations, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) nuclear scientists for the first time have accurately predicted the properties of polarized thermonuclear fusion. Analogous calculations could be used to answer some of the most fundamental questions about the origins of the universe and the evolution of stars. Read More »

Last modified: 2/26/2016 1:21:29 PM