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Luminescent Nano-Particles ACS 2015
November 17, 2015
The ultimate goal is to better understand how the billions of neurons in the brain communicate with one another during normal brain function or dysfunction as result of injury or disease.
CARE II launch
October 6, 2015
NRL, in collaboration with numerous universities and government laboratories, will use data gathered form the experiment to study the effects of dusty plasmas — thought to be a source of radio interference.
Karl Battams and Russ Howard
September 15, 2015
On September 15, Karl Battams—a computational scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL)—confirmed the discovery of the 3,000th near-sun comet using an NRL instrument. "We are taking images of the region of space that surrounds the sun," says Battams, "and this allows us to see small objects very near the sun that would otherwise be invisible from earth." The images come from NRL's LASCO instrument, which orbits on the SOHO spacecraft.
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. Kirtland 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.

Featured Stories
Dr. Schwartz APS 2015
December 1, 2015
Head of the Nonlinear System Dynamics Section at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Schwartz is recognized for his pioneering contributions to the understanding and development of topological insights into the dynamics, fluctuations, and control of strongly nonlinear physical and population systems.
Dr. C. Michael Roland
November 25, 2015
Chemist and senior scientist for the Soft Matter Physics Division at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Roland is recognized by the APS for important experimental contributions and physical insight into the temperature and pressure dependence of the dynamics of polymeric systems.
Dr. Noam Bernstein
November 23, 2015
As Fellow of the APS, Bernstein is recognized for for his pioneering research in the development of multiscale simulations in solids, atomistic simulations of mechanical properties, and the development and application of atomistic methods for structural and finite temperature properties of materials.
Dr. John Steuben
November 5, 2015
Since 2013, the ASME Computers and Information in Engineering (CIE) Division has presented the award in recognition of promising young investigators who authored the best Ph.D. thesis of the year in the area of computers and information in engineering.
Dr. John Michopolous receiving award
November 3, 2015
Head of the Computational Multiphysics Systems Laboratory at NRL, Michopoulos is presented the distinguished American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Excellence in Research Award, the highest honor bestowed to an active researcher by the ASME’s Computers and Information in Engineering division.
Dr. Jay Boris
October 14, 2015
Dr. Jay Boris, chief scientist for Computational Physics, is presented the Institute for the Dynamics of Explosions and Reactive Systems Numa Manson Medal for distinguished contributions to the dynamics of explosions and reactive systems.
Image of CanSat launch
September 21, 2015
The 11th annual CanSat competition held in Burkett, Texas, hosted 42 college and university teams from Asia, Europe, South America and the United States.
Worker applying anti-corrosive paint developed at NRL
September 15, 2015
The award honors a five-member team of materials research engineers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Center for Corrosion Science and Engineering for the reduction in costs associated with corrosion control of Navy ships, and achievements in the development and transition of nonskid and topside coatings to the fleet.
Tropical cyclone image
September 8, 2015
Eleven research meteorologists from the NRL Marine Meteorology Division received the honorary Dr. Arthur E. Bisson Prize for Naval Technology Achievement. The award honors the team for expertise and innovative scientific work resulting in the rapid development, from basic research to transition to operations, of an innovative and versatile Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) system significantly improving the prediction of tropical cyclones (TC).
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.