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Top Science of 2013

Our strong interdisciplinary teaming and unique research facilities allow us to develop solutions to complex problems, and to support partners and collaborators, all with the goal of strengthening national security and making a safer world.

Portable laser tool to thwart nuclear smugglers

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Researchers demonstrated for the first time that laser-generated neutrons can detect concealed nuclear material, and that the tool can be small.

Using a super-fast yet powerful short-pulse laser called TRIDENT, we focused neutrons onto a miniscule spot. When neutrons encounter nuclear material, they cause measurable fission, alerting guards that bomb-making material is present. A tabletop device could protect borders and crowded ports.


Innovations for a secure nation

Novel rocket design flight tested

Novel rocket design flight tested

The new rocket fuel and motor design adds a higher degree of safety by separating the fuel from the oxidizer, both novel formulations that are, by themselves, not able to detonate.

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