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Scientific & Technical Interest
Image of satellite dish at NRL Blossom Point
September 2, 2015
Jeffery Cleveland is on a mission to save the government a lot of money. The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) uses a common software, called Neptune®, to fly all its satellite missions and manage all its antennas on the ground. But Cleveland thinks Neptune could be even bigger. “It’s a multi-mission command and control software, capable of flying virtually any satellite,” says Cleveland. Kirkland Air Force Base is just one place that’s already realized how using Neptune, instead of writing all new software for each mission, helps save time and money on satellite operations.
Image of researcher with LEAP microscope
July 16, 2015
NRL researchers have taken delivery of a state-of-the-art Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) microscope, enabling the development of next-generation alloys and semiconducting materials.
Image of homeopitaxial graphene spin valve
July 15, 2015
NRL scientists have created a new type of room-temperature tunnel device structure in which the tunnel barrier and transport channel are made of the same material, graphene. These structures provide an elegant approach for the realization of graphene-based spintronic devices.
Image of single-molecule transistor
July 13, 2015
NRL is part of an international team of physicists that has used a scanning tunneling microscope to create a minute transistor consisting of a single molecule and a small number of atoms. This transistor could be important for future device technologies as well as for fundamental studies of electron transport in molecular nanostructures.
Image of new NRL empirical wind model
July 10, 2015
NRL scientists have updated the Horizontal Wind Model that describes the climate of the upper atmospheric neutral winds. This improved empirical tool will help scientists in building the next generation of physics-based space weather prediction systems.
Schematic of the four terminal nanowire device in the non-local spin valve geometry
June 23, 2015
NRL scientists report the first observation of spin precession of spin currents flowing in a silicon nanowire transport channel, and determined spin lifetimes and corresponding spin diffusion lengths in these nanoscale spintronic devices.
Image showing different conductance through quantum dot.
June 5, 2015
A team of physicists from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and NRL has discovered electron pairing in strontium titanate far above the superconducting transition temperature. The discovery provides clues about the mechanisms causing superconductivity in strontium titanate, which may eventually help researchers to discover a material that superconducts at room temperature.
Image of objects in low-Earth orbit.
May 21, 2015
In Low Earth Orbit (LEO), where many space-based assets reside, small debris objects are of concern not only due to their abundance, but because they are often difficult to track or even detect on a routine basis. The Optical Orbital Debris Spotter can detect debris in the vicinity of host spacecraft for near real-time damage attribution, and characterization of dense debris fields.
Image of NRLs entrance
May 6, 2015
The NRL-developed phthalonitrile-based polymeric composite exhibits superior flame resistant, high temperature, and low water absorption properties applicable to the design and manufacture of composite materials for use in the aerospace, shipbuilding, automotive, and textile industries.
Image of CDR Stockelman and Dr. Leski in the lab.
April 27, 2015
Lassa virus is widespread in parts of West Africa and causes the often deadly hemorrhagic fever. Scientists at NRL are studying the genetic diversity of the virus with hopes that their work can aid the development of vaccines, diagnostic tests, and possibly antiviral drugs.

Featured Stories
Peter Wilhelm
August 27, 2015
Mr. Peter (Pete) Wilhelm, retired Director of the Naval Center for Space Technology at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), is conferred the prestigious Dr. Fred E. Saalfeld Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Science.
Hap Hughes with award
August 26, 2015
On April 23, 2015, Hap Hughes of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) received the Peter Haas award for his contributions to the field of radiation survivability. He was recognized at the Hardened Electronics and Radiation Technology (HEART) conference in Chantilly, Virginia.
NRLs Robert Gignilliat
August 7, 2015
Head of the Electro-Optic/InfraRed Measurements and Simulation Section and U.S. delegate to the NATO task group, Gignilliat and an international task group comprised of 10-member nations receive the award in recognition and appreciation for outstanding work and significant scientific contribution in the mitigation of ship electro-optical susceptibility against conventional and asymmetric threats.
Employees with honorary cake
August 5, 2015
The award is presented in recognition of significant contributions to NRL mission support and is the highest award bestowed to the laboratory’s support community.
Dr. Dolores Etter
July 31, 2015
The prestigious Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientist and Engineer of the Year Award this year honors sixteen NRL scientists and engineers representing six research divisions.
IEEE logo
July 27, 2015
Head of the Electromagnetics Technology Branch at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Dr. Abe is conferred IEEE Fellow for contributions to the development of high power microwave and millimeter wave vacuum electronic devices.
Image of Dr. Bhakta Rath
July 20, 2015
NRL’s Dr. Bhakta B. Rath was recognized by the Illinois Institute of Technology Alumni Association as the recipient of the "2015 Professional Achievement Award."
Image of Dr McLay receiving award.
July 8, 2015
Dr. McLay receives the award for his distinguished accomplishments in leading the ‘New Rules of Predictability’ project and his key role in developing and transitioning the Navy Global Environmental Model (NAVGEM) Ensemble Forecast System (EFS).
Image of Dr. Alexander Velikovich
June 1, 2015
NRL plasma physicist, Dr. Alexander L. Velikovich, receives the 2015 IEEE Plasma Science and Applications Award for advanced plasma theory, conferred by the Plasma Science and Applications Committee (PSAC) of the Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society (NPSS).
Image of service members with American flag at Fleet Week.
May 19, 2015
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is taking some of its newest technologies to the Big Apple May 20–26 to participate in Fleet Week New York. On Pier 86, NRL will showcase the WANDA unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) and the Flimmer “flying swimmer” hybrid unmanned platform. Thousands of visitors are expected at this week-long event that shows off the latest technology of the maritime services and the skilled expertise of our dedicated service members.