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MaRIE is the experimental facility needed to control the time-dependent properties of materials for national security science missions. It fills the capability gap needed to develop qualified, certifiable, flexible, and low-cost product-based solutions to many materials problems.

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A Facility for Discovery of Next-Generation Materials

The Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes (MaRIE) experimental facility, will be used to discover and design the advanced materials needed to meet 21-st century national security and energy security challenges.

Specifically, MaRIE will provide the tools scientists need to develop and manufacture next-generation materials that will perform predictably and with controlled functionality in extreme environments.

MaRIE's Capabilities

MaRIE will provide the scientific community with unique capabilities to

  • provide unprecedented time- and space-resolved measurements on multiple scales needed for modeling and simulation, especially in the middle- or meso-scale between atomic structure and the design engineering continuum;
  • create extreme conditions of relevance, particularly stress, temperature, and irradiation environments and
  • create synthesis and characterization tools needed to design, discover and control materials on these scales.
MaRIE 1.0

MaRIE 1.0 is the most Nuclear Weapons-relevant subset of MaRIE

MaRIE 1.0 (Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes 1.0) is designed to support key National Nuclear Security Administration (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.

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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