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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.

Rare experiment leads to discovery of new material defect mechanism

A new material defect mechanism was discovered after Los Alamos researchers and their collaborators achieved a technically challenging experimental setup that employs a rare capability.

This was the first experimental study to use a nondestructive depth-resolved positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) beam to probe the damage profile in ion-irradiated metallic systems. Radiation damage, which causes material defects, is a research topic of high importance, and this experiment contributes data needed to improve material defect simulations. Read more in the current STE Highlights.

STE Highlights for October

Read these articles in the October 2020 issue of STE Highlights

Awards and Recognition

LANL-developed surfactants win two technology awards


First epigenetic manipulation of biofuel algae boosts performance factors


Novel technique leads to record-high quantum dot dopin

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Improving climate system understanding through submicron aerosol data

Materials Physics and Applications

From a Mott insulator to an ideal two-dimensional metal

Materials Science and Technology

Rare experiment leads to discovery of new material defect mechanism

Foundational research for emerging class of materials: oxysulfide perovskites


Los Alamos scientists author key chapters for Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) design

ICF advancement: First observation of scale invariance in the high-energy-density regime