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Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov (center), assisted by Edmon Begoli (left), thanks Kris Torgerson, ORNL chief information and privacy officer, for ITSD’s efforts on the MVP-CHAMPION program.

DOE Leader Visits ORNL to Recognize CCSD, ITSD Staff Contributions to MVP-CHAMPION Program

Chief Scientist of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Dimitri Kusnezov, visited the Lab on Thursday, Sept. 27, to formally recognize the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) team that has supported the MVP-CHAMPION program since its 2016 inception. Dr. Kusnezov met with members...
Nanoscale spikes of carbon help catalyze a reaction that generates ammonia from nitrogen and water.

Novel reaction could spark alternate approach to ammonia production

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 2, 2018—The search for a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly method of ammonia production for fertilizer has led to the discovery of a new type of catalytic reaction. Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory used...
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Long Term SciDAC Investments Provide Ecosystem for Quantum Breakthrough

A team of computing researchers and physicists from the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has become the first group to successfully simulate an atomic nucleus using a quantum computer.   While this development is currently making waves across the quantum...

High-resolution modeling assesses impact of cities on river ecosystems

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Aug. 23, 2017 – New mapping methods developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can help urban planners minimize the environmental impacts of cities’ water and energy demands on surrounding stream ecologies. In an analysis...
Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin

Simulating Extreme Storms over the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin

A numerical weather forecasting model (WRF) was used to simulate 120 storms over the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) river basin to explore the effect of climate change on probable maximum precipitation (PMP).   PMP is defined as the largest rainfall depth that could physically occur under...
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL Quantum Information researchers featured in Inside Science

Inside Science has published a story about a recent experiment by ORNL researchers Brian Williams, Ron Sadlier, and Travis Humble. Using a technique known as superdense coding, Williams and co-workers managed to achieve a data rate of 1.67 bits per qubit (quantum bit), setting a new...
nonlinear interference fringes

ORNL Quantum Information Science Group researchers earn "Editor's Pick" for high quality research in Optics Letters

Joseph M. Lukens, Nicholas A. Peters, and Raphael C. Pooser's forth-coming article in Optics Letters, "Naturally stable Sagnac–Michelson nonlinear interferometer" has earned an "Editor's Pick" to promote it for its high technical quality and its expected interest to the...

ZAEL 1 Licenses ORNL Standoff Spectroscopy Technology

ZAEL 1, Inc., a Miami, Florida startup, has entered into an exclusive research and development license with commercial option for an ORNL standoff spectroscopy detection system.  The technology has the potential to be used for non-invasive standoff detection of radiological, biological...
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

ORNL Quantum Information researchers land on Optica's most-cited list

Raphael C. Pooser and Benjamin Lawrie have been recognized as authors of one of Optica’s top 15 most-cited papers for 2015 for "Ultrasensitive measurement of microcantilever displacement below the shot-noise limit," Optica 2, 393-399 (2015). A link to the paper is...

ORNL, Molex to develop and provide market access to low-cost wireless sensors

Efforts to bring ORNL’s wireless sensor platform to market are on target and proceeding as planned. In April 2015, ORNL formed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with Molex, a premier international electronics manufacturer, to make the low-cost wireless sensors commercially...
ORNL Materials

Theoretical Study of the Initial Stages of Self-Assembly of a Carboxysome’s Facet

Achievement: Devised a novel and accurate computational technique for investigating the self-assembly of large macromolecules, and used this method to reveal the initial stages of self-assembly of the carboxysome, the prototype bacterial micro-compartment.   ...

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