ANIMATION In a new realm of materials, PhD student Thanh Nguyen uses neutrons to hunt for exotic properties that could power real-world applications. Thanh Nguyen is in the habit of breaking down barriers. Take languages, for instance: Nguyen, a third-year doctoral candidate in nuclear science and engineering (NSE), wanted “to […]

Early research on atomic nuclei yielded a wave of discoveries. A nuclear physics professor from Florida International University was among a team of researchers that proposed something so out of this world, colleagues first hesitated to accept it was possible. In 1993, they boldly predicted how the densest materials in […]

Photograph of GRETINA in ATLAS at Argonne. Credit: Argonne National Laboratory International team develops a new method to determine the origin of stardust in meteorites. Analysis of meteorite content has been crucial in advancing our knowledge of the origin and evolution of our solar system. Some meteorites also contain grains […]

At the Department of Energy Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at ORNL, this part for a scaled-down prototype of a reactor was produced for industry partner Kairos Power. Credit: Kairos Power Scientists at the Department of Energy Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have their eyes on the prize: the […]

Reporters visit Iran’s Arak Heavy Water Complex in late 2019.   Ratcheting up its maximum pressure campaign on Iran, the U.S. State Department will no longer waive sanctions against parties redesigning an Iranian heavy water reactor to sharply curtail its generation of plutonium, which can be used to build nuclear […]

Sandia National Laboratories has begun multiyear missions to strengthen U.S. electrical utilities and to defend U.S. nuclear weapon systems from evolving technological threats. Credit: Randy Montoya, Sandia National Laboratories To deter attempts to disable U.S. electrical utilities and to defend U.S. nuclear weapon systems from evolving technological threats, Sandia National […]

Average changes in maize yield in the five years following a nuclear war between Pakistan and India. Credit: Adapted from Jägermeyr et al., 2020 Soot from firestorms would reduce crop production for years. The concept of nuclear winter — a years-long planetary freeze brought on by airborne soot generated by […]

Researchers investigating a new method for generating nuclear fusion power showed that the relativistic effect of ultra-intense laser light improves upon current “fast ignition” methods in laser-fusion research to heat the fuel long enough to generate electrical power. Utilizing relativistic effects of intense laser light in plasma, researchers at Osaka University […]