Thursday, November 10, 2011

Los Alamos researchers unravel the mystery of quantum dot blinking

Artists conception of how solving the problem of quantum blinking may lead to applications in areas such as solid state lighting. LANL illustration.

esearch by Los Alamos scientists published today in the journal Nature documents significant progress in understanding the phenomenon of quantum-dot blinking.

Their findings should enhance the ability of biologists to track single particles, enable technologists to create novel light-emitting diodes and single-photon sources, and boost efforts of energy researchers to develop new types of highly efficient solar cells. (
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Collaborative smart grid demonstration project breaks ground in LA

Officials at the groundbreaking includes Duncan McBranch (far left) deputy principal assoc. director for Science, Technology & Engineering. Monitor photo.

apan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) broke ground today for the construction of a two megawatt solar array on the Los Alamos capped landfill. This is the first phase of the larger New Mexico/Japan Smart Grid Collaborative Demonstration Project in Los Alamos.

NEDO is teaming with Los Alamos County’s Department of Public Utilities, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the Los Alamos project. (
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Retired physicist teaches hands-on science at Moffat County elementary schools

Retired physicist John McConnell, left, helps teach science to Ridgeview Elementary School fourth-graders. Daily Press photo.

hysicist John McConnell worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory before he retired and began working with children. He travels and helps students learn about math and science through hands-on experiments.

Give retired physicist John McConnell a piece of PVC pipe and an empty pop can, and he can show you a way to teach young children about static electricity. (
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LANL to unveil new research journal

new research journal in the burgeoning field of algae science will begin publication in 2012, steered by editors-in-chief José Olivares and Richard Sayre of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Algal Research is an international journal that will cover all areas of emerging technologies in algal biology, biomass production, cultivation, harvesting, extraction, bioproducts, and econometrics. The journal publishes original scientific research papers, review articles, and invited commentaries. (
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