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Explaining the MaRIE Name and Logo

MaRIE is an acronym for "Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extreme" and honors a great scientist.

Why MaRIE?: The MaRIE/Madame Curie relationship

Marie CurieLos Alamos National Laboratory's flagship facility concept, MaRIE, stands for Matter-Radiation Interactions in Extremes. It is also named after Marie Curie, the only person to win two Nobel Prizes in different technical disciplines. Marie Curie was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity. She was awarded her first Nobel Prize in Physics together with her husband for their study into the spontaneous radiation discovered by Becquerel, who was awarded the other half of the prize; and her second Nobel Prize was in Chemistry, in recognition for her work in radioactivity.

Given her brilliant work on radioactivity and her immense creativity, we choose to honor her in the name of our proposed facility.

The MaRIE Logo and the materials tetrahedron

The MaRIE logo features the famous "materials tetrahedron," a representation of how structure (both at the atomic and microstructure scales) and process (how materials are made) combine with the properties of the materials to determine performance, the four vertices of the tetrahedron. To control performance, we will learn how to control and measure the structure, process, and properties of new materials.