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Science, Technology & Engineering Highlights

STE Highlights features current, cutting-edge scientific research at Los Alamos National Laboratory and recent awards and recognitions of Los Alamos scientists.

Los Alamos software discovers new world-record lightning flashes

Using Los Alamos software developed by Michael Peterson, of Space and Remote Sensing (ISR-2), two lightning “megaflashes” were discovered and deemed world records—one for flash distance and the other for flash duration—by the World Meteorological Organization. The plot above shows the world-record single stratiform lightning flash that covered a distance of 709 km (440 miles) over Brazil. Read more in the current STE Highlights.

STE Highlights for June

Read these articles in the June 2020 issue of STE Highlights

Chemistry: 

Researchers identify chemical signatures using the Earth’s magnetic field

Intelligence and Space Research

Los Alamos software discovers new world-record lightning flashes

Materials Physics and Applications

New electrochemical hydrogen contamination detector enables widespread use of clean energy

Nuclear Engineering and Nonproliferation

Special issue of Nuclear Technology journal dedicated to KRUSTY test

Theoretical

Metal halide perovskites: Out of the lab, into the consumer market

Theoretical

Enhancing gate-based quantum computing methods with hybrid algorithms