Friday, February 8, 2013

Laser based generation of high energy neutrons

A high-flux source of energetic neutrons has been built by physicists in Germany and the US. The new laser-based device has the potential to be cheaper and more convenient than the large neutron facilities currently used by physicists and other scientists.     

Markus Roth of Darmstadt University and colleagues at Los Alamos and Sandia directed extremely powerful and well-defined pulses from the Los Alamos TRIDENT laser onto a 400-nm-thick plastic target doped with deuterium (full story).

Comprehensive look at the fundamentals of mostdesirable nanotubes
The new work led by Rice University's Junichiro Kono and Robert Hauge, a distinguished faculty fellow in chemistry at Rice, along with scientists at NIST and Los Alamos National Laboratory, looks beyond the armchair's established electrical properties to further detail their potential for electronic, sensing, optical and photonic devices (full story).

Mag Lab to receive $168 million at ceremony

The National Science Foundation will present the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory with a five-year renewal grant of more than $168 million. The NHMFL is operated by Florida State, the University of Florida and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The high-powered magnets at the laboratory are used byscientists from around the world for scientific research and academic study. The Mag Lab also receives funding from the state of Florida (full story).

CERN set to study sterile neutrinos

An oscillation phenomenon means that neutrinos cannot be entirely massless, has been confirmed by many differentexperiments. But one such experiment produced results at odds with the rest. That was the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) at the Los AlamosNational Laboratory in New Mexico, which in data acquired between 1993 and 1998 showed muon antineutrinos to be oscillating into electron antineutrinos farmore readily than expected (full story).

Los Alamos fund seeks investment opportunities

The Venture Acceleration Fund (VAF) is looking for companies that would commercialize technology and take it to market quicker.

Los Alamos National Security, which runs the lab for the National Nuclear Security Administration, invests annually in economic development, and the VAF is designed to invest between $10,000 and $100,000 in companies that can bring its technology to market (full story).

Salazar earns LANL lifetime achievement award

Members of the House of Representative applaud the honor bestowed to Rep. Nick Salazar (D-Colfax, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel) by Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Rep. Salazar received the highest honor recognizing his profound and significant contributions during his 63 years of service whichinclude expanding opportunities for research and development, small business and minority business development, transfer of technology initiatives, math and science programs, job training and development while advocating for stringent environmental protection regulations (full story).

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