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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 researchers Steve Wender, left, and Suzanne Nowicki stand in the cabin of a NASA DC-8 aircraft for testing the Tinman instrument.

Detailed mapping of HIV ‘sugar shield’ could aid vaccine design

Los Alamos researchers collaborated with Honeywell, Inc., to develop the Tinman technology to detect deleterious levels of thermal neutrons. Certain environments, including high-performance computing (HPC) environments and aircraft may be particularly susceptible to thermal neutrons. Tinman detects and measures thermal neutrons via He-3 tubes. The technology is autonomous and has already been successfully tested on three different NASA aircraft flights.

Read more in the current STE Highlights.

STE Highlights for December

Read these articles in the December 2020 issue of STE Highlights

Awards and Recognition

LANL scientist and collaborator honored by mineral name


Microbial interactions, not individual microorganisms, essential to carbon cycling in soil

Capability Enhancement

LANL-developed system offers better, faster, safer decontamination of surfaces

Novel thermal neutron detector safeguards aircraft and HPC semiconductor electronics


Computer, Computational and Statistical Sciences

Novel “fast-forwarding” quantum algorithm makes quantum computing more useful right now


Experimental technique offers decades worth of corrosion data in one minute

X-Computational Physics

New ICF platform and high-res imaging provide groundwork for direct drive multi-shell targets