Brookhaven physicist Percy Zahl has recently upgraded his data acquisition and visualization software for scanning probe microscopy, enhancing scientists’ ability to observe and control individual atoms and molecules.
Meet John Hill, Director of Brookhaven Lab's groundbreaking National Synchrotron Light Source II, which produces ultra-bright x-rays for basic and applied research in biology and medicine, materials and chemical sciences, geosciences and environmental sciences, and nanoscience.
By bombarding the material with low-energy protons, scientists doubled the amount of current the material could carry without resistance, while raising the temperature at which this superconducting state emerges. Their method could be used to improve the performance of superconducting wires and tapes for electric vehicles, wind turbines, medical imaging devices, and other applications.
Brookhaven physicist Ivan Bozovic and his team have an explanation for why certain materials can conduct electricity without resistance at temperatures well above those required by conventional superconductors. Understanding this exotic behavior may pave the way for engineering materials that become superconducting at room temperature—a capability that could transform the way energy is produced, transmitted, and used.
Scientists at Brookhaven Lab have developed a way to direct the self-assembly of multiple molecular patterns within a single material, producing new nanoscale architectures. This is a significant conceptual leap in self-assembly that could change the way we design and manufacture electronics.
Brookhaven Lab/Cornell University physicist Seamus Davis recognized for his work merging cutting-edge technology with the exploration of the fundamental laws of quantum physics.
Robert M. Konik has been named Chair of the Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science Department (CMPMS) at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, effective January 1, 2016.
From creating the tiniest drops of primordial particle soup to devising new ways to improve batteries, catalysts, superconductors, and more, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory pushed the boundaries of discovery in 2015.
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced $12 million in funding over the next four years for a new Center for Computational Design of Functional Strongly Correlated Materials and Theoretical Spectroscopy at Brookhaven National Laboratory and Rutgers University.
During the 507th Brookhaven Lecture, Dong Su will discuss how he and his colleagues at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials are working to determine how different atomic structures can improve performance for rechargeable batteries.
The American Chemical Society's 2015 Inorganic Nanoscience Award will be presented to Stanislaus S. Wong, a chemist in the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Sciences Department at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and a professor in Stony Brook University's Department of Chemistry.
From new insights into the building blocks of matter to advances in understanding batteries, superconductors, and a protein that could help fight cancer, 2014 was a year of stunning successes for the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Scientists have discovered an unusual form of electronic order in a new family of unconventional superconductors, giving scientists a new group of materials to explore to understand some materials' ability to carry current with no energy loss.
A physicist who explores the quantum quirks of high-temperature superconductors and other exotic materials at Brookhaven Lab and Cornell University has been selected to receive a new grant to delve further into the mysteries of quantum materials.
Ivan Bozovic has been elected to Academia Europea—the European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences—in recognition of his lifetime achievements in advancing research and theory on superconductors and other complex materials.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced an extension of funding totaling $14 million over four years for the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center led by Brookhaven Lab with partners from the University of Illinois and Argonne National Laboratory.
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory are seeking ways to synchronize the magnetic spins in nanoscale devices to build tiny yet more powerful signal-generating or receiving antennas and other electronic applications.
2013 was a banner year for science at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory—from our contributions to Nobel Prize-winning research to new insights into catalysts, superconductors, and other materials key to advancing energy-efficient technologies.
Princeton University-led researchers report that the coexistence of two opposing phenomena might be the secret to understanding one class of high-temperature superconductors. Researchers from Brookhaven worked with the Princeton team to grow and measure properties of the high-quality single crystals that were essential for this project.
Scientists from Brookhaven Lab and Yeshiva University collaborate to develop new ways to study how nanoparticles behave in catalysts, the “kick-starters” of chemical reactions that convert fuels to useable forms of energy and transform raw materials to industrial products.
Researchers have developed a new kind of “x-ray vision”—a way to peer inside real-world devices such as batteries and catalysts to map the internal nanostructures and properties of the various components, and even monitor how properties evolve as the devices operate.
Physicists and engineers in Brookhaven National Laboratory's Superconducting Magnet Division are in the final stages of assembling "replacement" magnets for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. Brookhaven built twenty magnets already installed at the LHC. The replacements are intended to be on hand for as quick a switch as possible if they are needed.
Brookhaven Lab scientists used an indirect method to detect fluctuating "stripes" of charge density—a key signature to look for as they seek ways to better understand and engineer superconductors for future energy-saving applications.
Doors opened today, April 11, 2013, at the Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB), a new world-class research facility at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, where scientists will work to create breakthrough solutions to the nation's energy challenges.
At Brookhaven's Center for Functional Nanomaterials, technician Kim Kisslinger uses a variety of polishing techniques, including diamond-encrusted "sandpaper" and focused ion-beam milling, to prepare picture-perfect nanosamples for imaging under transmission electron microscopes.
Study demonstrates that doping dramatically alters the atomic-scale electronic structure of the parent of a high-temperature superconductor, with important consequences for the behavior of the current-carrying electrons. The findings could potentially point to new ways to design superconductors with improved properties.
José Luis Ruvalcaba of the National Autonomous University of Mexico will give a talk on “The Science in Unravelling the Mysteries of Pre-Columbian Artifacts,” on Tuesday, October 23, at 4 p.m. in Berkner Hall. Live webcast will be available on WBNL.
In a study conducted in part at NSLS, a research group has gained valuable information about a material being investigated for use in an emerging technology for renewable energy production: using sunlight-absorbing semiconductors to split water molecules and yield hydrogen gas, which can be fed into a fuel cell to generate electricity or used as fuel itself.
Nick Simos of BNL’s Nuclear Sciences Department will be the principal investigator on a research project awarded $990,000 through the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies program, designed to enable cross-cutting research that will fundamentally improve the safety and performance of nuclear reactors.
Scientists demonstrate precision control of self assembly and charge transfer in a hybrid material composed of light-absorbing quantum dots and a conjugated polymer — two types of semiconducting materials that have been widely studied for photovoltaic and other optoelectronic applications and biosensors.
Magnets are essential components for advanced applications from cloud computing to medical imaging. Join Darío Arena for the 478th Brookhaven Lecture, “A New Spin on Magnets: Using X-Rays to Explore Novel Magnetic Materials,” in Berkner Hall on Thursday, May 24, at 4 p.m.
Darío Arena, a scientist at Brookhaven Lab’s National Synchrotron Light Source, explains his work probing the magnetic characteristics of compounds and alloys that advance technological applications from cloud computing to medical imaging.
In the search for new materials with improved electrical conductivity, scientists at Brookhaven Lab have found a candidate that appears to be “protected” from two kinds of current-killing scattering — at least on the surface.
A Brookhaven/Columbia Engineering School team of scientists shwos how a form of nanocrystallography can be carried out using a transmission electron microscope ‹ an instrument found in many chemistry and materials science laboratories.
By measuring how strongly electrons are bound together to form Cooper pairs in an iron-based superconductor, scientists provide direct evidence supporting theories in which magnetism holds the key to this material’s ability to carry current with no resistance.
Triveni Rao, a senior physicist at BNL, will be honored as a distinguished Asian American professional at a ceremony on May 12, 2012 at the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration at Stony Brook University’s Charles B. Wang Center.
Construction is under way for the Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB), a future world-class facility for energy research at Brookhaven Lab. Meet two scientists who will develop solutions at the ISB to tackle some of the nation’s energy challenges, and tour the construction site.
Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) has granted tenure to 10 BNL scientists. The newly tenured scientists will be featured in the coming weeks. Today, find out about the contributions of the Sustainable Energy Technologies Department’s Jason Graetz and the Condensed Matter Physics & Materials Science Department’s Qiang Li.
Arun Majumdar, Director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), today announced 60 cutting-edge research projects aimed at dramatically improving how the U.S. produces and uses energy.
Brookhaven National Laboratory and Nanofactory Instruments, AB, a Swedish company that develops and markets scanning probe microscopy instrumentation, have received the 2011 Microscopy Today Innovation Award.
Brookhaven physicist Cedomir Petrovic has received the Marko Jaric Award for his outstanding achievements in physics. The award is presented each year by the Marko Jaric Foundation to preserve the memory of the life and work of the Serbian physicist for whom it is named. Petrovic received the award on March 17, at the University of Belgrade, Serbia.
Meigan Aronson, a physicist at Brookhaven Lab and a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Stony Brook University, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense to be one of 11 distinguished scientists and engineers forming the 2010 class of its National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship program.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN has just started producing collisions, but scientists and engineers have already made significant progress in preparing for future upgrades beyond the collider’s nominal design performance.
Using precision techniques for making superconducting thin films layer-by-layer, BNL physicists have identified a single layer responsible for one such material’s superconductivity, opening a path for the design of tunable superconducting electronic devices.
A team led by physicists at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) have resolved a decade-long puzzle that is set to have huge implications for use of one of the most versatile classes of materials available to us for future technology applications: copper oxide ceramics.
Brookhaven Lab scientists have developed a new scanning electron microscope capable of selectively imaging single atoms on a surface while simultaneously probing atoms throughout the sample’s depth. The development could greatly expand scientists’ ability to understand and control chemical reactions, such as those in energy-conversion devices.
A new study shows that a “fingerprint” of high-temperature superconductivity remains intact above the super chilly temperatures at which these materials carry current with no resistance, offering hope for energy-saving applications under real-world conditions.
Brookhaven Lab scientists have grown large enough crystals of one well-studied high-temperature (high-Tc) superconductor to directly measure its magnetic properties. These measurements cast considerable doubt on assumptions commonly made in trying to understand the role magnetism plays in these materials’ ability to carry current with no resistance.
J.C. Seamus Davis and John Tranquada, physicists at Brookhaven Lab, along with Aharon Kapitulnik of Stanford University, have been named the recipients of the 2009 Heike Kamerlingh Onnes Prize for outstanding superconductivity experiments.
Research reveales surprising information about how electron behavior influences the conduction of electricity in a class of high-temperature superconductors. An increased understanding of this mechanism could one day transform a number of technologies, including the transmission of electrical power.
Yimei Zhu, a scientist at the Brookhaven Lab, has been elected the inaugural Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America, an affiliate of the American Institute of Physics and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Brookhaven National Laboratory will be home to one of 46 new multi-million-dollar Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) announced on Monday by the White House in conjunction with a speech delivered by President Barack Obama at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences.
Scientists studying a material that appeared to lose its ability to carry current with no resistance say new measurements reveal that the material is indeed a superconductor — but only in two dimensions. Equally surprising, this new form of 2-D superconductivity emerges at a higher temperature than ordinary 3-D superconductivity in other compositions of the same material.
Like astronomers tweaking images to gain a more detailed glimpse of distant stars, Brookhaven physicists have found ways to sharpen images of the energy spectra in high-temperature superconductors — materials that carry electrical current effortlessly when cooled below a certain temperature. These new imaging methods confirm that the electron pairs needed to carry current emerge above the transition temperature, before superconductivity sets in, but only in a particular direction.
One major goal on the path toward making useful superconducting devices has been engineering materials that act as superconductors at the nanoscale. Such nanoscale superconductors would be useful in devices such as superconductive transistors and eventually in ultrafast, power-saving electronics. In the October 9, 2008, issue of Nature, scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory report that they have successfully produced two-layer thin films where neither layer is superconducting on its own,
Masaki Suenaga, a retired metallurgist who remains an active researcher at Brookhaven Lab, has received the IEEE Council on Superconductivity Award for significant and sustained contributions to applied superconductivity.
Scientists at Brookhaven Lab, in collaboration with colleagues at Cornell University, Tokyo University, the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Colorado, have uncovered the first experimental evidence for why the transition temperature of high-temperature superconductors — the temperature at which these materials carry electrical current with no resistance — cannot simply be elevated by increasing the electrons' binding energy.
Although it was discovered more than 20 years ago, a particular type of high-temperature (Tc) superconductor — material that conducts electricity with almost zero resistance — is regaining the attention of scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Research published online in the journal Science this week by Tonica Valla, a physicist at Brookhaven, appears to resolve one mystery in the 20-year study of high-temperature (high Tc) superconductors — materials that lose their resistance to the flow of electricity at relatively high temperatures. The research shows that a "pseudogap" in the energy level of the material's electronic spectrum is the result of the electrons being bound into pairs above the so-called transition temperature to the
An international collaboration including two physicists from Brookhaven National Laboratory has published additional evidence to support the existence of "stripes" in high-temperature (Tc) superconductors. The report in the April 27, 2006, issue of Nature strengthens earlier claims that such stripes, a particular spatial arrangement of electrical charges, might somehow contribute to the mechanism by which these materials carry current with no resistance.
In the twenty years since the discovery of high-temperature (Tc) superconductors, scientists have been trying to understand the mechanism by which electrons pair up and move coherently to carry electrical current with no resistance. "We are still at the beginning," says Tonica Valla, a physicist at Brookhaven, who will give a talk on his group's latest results at the American Physical Society meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on Thursday, March 16, 2006.
Researchers at Brookhaven have discovered a way to significantly increase the amount of electric current carried by a high-temperature superconductor, a material that conducts electricity with no resistance. This is an important step in the drive to create superconductor-based electric and power-delivery devices, such as power transmission lines, motors, and generators.
A research group led by a scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory has discovered a simple relationship that mathematically links the properties of a class of high-temperature superconductors, materials that, below a certain temperature, conduct electricity with no resistance.
Scientists at Brookhaven, in collaboration with researchers at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the United Kingdom and Tohoku University in Japan, have discovered evidence supporting a possible mechanism for high-temperature superconductivity that had previously appeared incompatible with certain experimental observations.
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered an interesting type of electronic behavior in a recently discovered class of superconductors known as cobalt oxides, or cobaltates. These materials operate quite differently from other oxide superconductors, namely the copper oxides (or cuprates), which are commonly referred to as high-temperature superconductors.
Using crystal samples prepared at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, scientists from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, have ruled out two proposed theories for the subatomic mechanisms of superconductivity, a phenomenon in which the electrical resistance of certain materials drops to zero.