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MaRIE: Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes Experimental Facility

A Facility for Discovery of Next-Generation Materials

The Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes (MaRIE) experimental facility, the first in a proposed new generation of scientific facilities for the materials community, will be used to discover and design the advanced materials needed to meet 21st century national security and energy security challenges.

Specifically, MaRIE will provide the tools scientists need to develop next-generation materials that will perform predictably and on demand for currently unattainable lifetimes in extreme environments.

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MaRIE's Capabilities

MaRIE will provide the scientific community with unique capabilities to

  • provide unprecedented time- and space-resolved measurements on scales most acutely needed for modeling and simulation;
  • create extreme conditions of relevance, particularly irradiation environments; and
  • create synthesis and characterization tools needed to design, discover, and control materials on these scales.

MaRIE 1.0 is the most NW-relevant subset of MaRIE

MaRIE 1.0 (Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes 1.0) is designed to support key NNSA goals to understand the condition of the nuclear stockpile and to extend the life of U.S. nuclear warheads. When combined with the emerging computational capability to simulate materials at ultrahigh resolution, MaRIE 1.0 will fill the gap in understanding of micro- and mesoscale materials phenomena and how they affect weapon performance. MaRIE 1.0 will specifically bring two major new capabilities (a) the ability to predict how micro- and mesoscale materials properties evolve under weapons-relevant extreme conditions (including aging) and impact performance, and (b) the ability to predict the microstructure of new materials (or those resulting from new manufacturing processes) and how that will affect weapons performance.  

Facility Overview:
Leveraging LANSCE’s existing 1-MW, 0.8-GeV proton accelerator, MaRIE 1.0 will provide

  • the world’s first very hard (42-keV) XFEL;
  • a new Multi-Probe Diagnostic Hall (MPDH), coupling hard, coherent, brilliant x-ray photons with 12-GeV electron and 0.8-GeV proton radiographic tools in dynamic extremes; and,
  • a unique Making, Measuring, and Modeling Materials (M4) facility for materials synthesis and characterization with collocated high-performance computational co-design and data visualization tools focused on the mesoscale.

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