Laboratory News

02.11.19From the Labs

New Measurements of Exotic Form of Magnesium Suggest a Surprising Shape-ShiftExternal link

Just over a decade ago scientists pushed magnesium atoms to new limits, jamming extra neutrons into their nuclei toward – and possibly reaching – the maximum limit for this element. Now, an international team led by scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has reproduced this exotic system, known as magnesium-40, and gleaned new and surprising clues about its nuclear structure.
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02.06.19From the Labs

Novel Experiment Validates a Widely Speculated and Important Mechanism During the Formation of Stars and PlanetsExternal link

A novel experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has demonstrated the validity of a widespread theory known as “magnetorotational instability,” or MRI, that seeks to explain the formation of heavenly bodies. Read More »

02.05.19From the Labs

Superinsulators to Become Scientists' Quark PlaygroundsExternal link

An international group of scientists that includes materials scientist Valerii Vinokur from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have devised a theory around a new state of matter called a superinsulator, in which electrons display some of the same properties as quarks. Read More »

02.04.19From the Labs

ArgoNeuT Hits a Home Run With Measurements of Neutrinos in Liquid ArgonExternal link

Scientists on the ArgoNeuT experiment have developed a method that enables them to better distinguish the tracks that particles leave behind in liquid argon, as well as a way to better differentiate between signals and background. And thanks to the software’s great performance, ArgoNeuT will aid larger neutrino experiments in their quest to understand the nature of the subtle neutrino. Read More »

01.31.19From the Labs

ORNL Adds Powerful AI Appliances to Computing PortfolioExternal link

ORNL recently installed two NVIDIA DGX-2 systems, powerful GPU-accelerated appliances that will provide ORNL researchers with enhanced opportunities to conduct science—machine learning and data-intensive workloads in particular. Read More »

01.31.19From the Labs

Success After a Three-year SprintExternal link

When scientists plan to build a new particle detector, they run simulations to get a picture of what the particle interactions will look like. After constructing and starting up the real thing, they expect a period of tuning, adjusting, fiddling and fixing to get things running smoothly. They normally don’t expect to turn the detector on and see particle tracks of a quality that exceeds their idealized simulations, especially when it is a prototype detector. And then there is ProtoDUNE. Read More »

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 »

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