Laboratory News

02.19.19From the Labs

New Molecular Blueprint Advances Our Understanding of PhotosynthesisExternal link

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have used one of the most advanced microscopes in the world to reveal the structure of a large protein complex crucial to photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert sunlight into cellular energy.
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02.15.19From the Labs

Laser Pulses Light the Way to Tuning Topological Materials for Spintronics and Quantum ComputingExternal link

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have discovered a means of controlling the surface conductivity of a three-dimensional (3D) topological insulator, a type of material that has potential applications in spintronic devices and quantum computing.
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02.14.19From the Labs

Radio Telescope Gets Upgrade at Brookhaven LabExternal link

A radio telescope at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has received a significant upgrade, advancing from one dish to four. The upgrades are part of the Laboratory’s ongoing effort to test the merits of a radio telescope for a potential future project between national labs and DOE-sponsored universities.
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02.14.19From the Labs

More Stable Light Comes From Intentionally 'Squashed' Quantum DotsExternal link

New research at Los Alamos National Laboratory suggests that the strained colloidal quantum dots represent a viable alternative to presently employed nanoscale light sources, and they deserve exploration as single-particle, nanoscale light sources for optical “quantum” circuits, ultrasensitive sensors and medical diagnostics.
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02.12.19From the Labs

First Direct View of an Electron's Short, Speedy Trip Across a BorderExternal link

Electrons flowing across the boundary between two materials are the foundation of many key technologies, from flash memories to batteries and solar cells. Now researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have directly observed and clocked these tiny cross-border movements for the first time, watching as electrons raced seven-tenths of a nanometer – about the width of seven hydrogen atoms – in 100 millionths of a billionth of a second.
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02.11.19From the Labs

Carbon-capture Technology Scrubs CO2 from Power Plants Like Scuba-diving GearExternal link

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a process that could remove CO2 from coal-burning power plant emissions in a way that is similar to how soda lime works in scuba diving rebreathers. Their research, published January 31 in the journal Chem, offers an alternative but simpler strategy for carbon capture and requires 24 percent less energy than industrial benchmark solutions. Read More »

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 »

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