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Science on Tap with Dr. Sven Vogel

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March 30, 2019
The Ram’s Horn wire gold specimen.

The Ram’s Horn wire gold specimen.


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Recently, researchers at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) had the unique opportunity to peer inside the Ram’s Horn, one of the world’s most amazing and secretive specimens of wire gold. A National User Facility supporting the Lab through critical research on nuclear weapons performance, reliability, and safety, LANSCE capabilities include unique characterization techniques for materials analysis.

Thanks to these mission-critical capabilities, Dr. Sven Vogel of the Lab’s Materials Science in Radiation & Dynamics Extremes group learned some surprising information about the Ram’s Horn specimen, including the fact that’s it’s actually only about 70% gold.

To learn more about research on the Ram’s Horn and what scientists at LANSCE are learning about gold-silver alloy isotope enrichment, please join the conversation at UnQuarked on Monday, April 15.