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Scientific & Technical Interest
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.
May 12, 2015
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) will demonstrate some of its groundbreaking technologies at the first ever Department of Defense (DoD) Lab Day, to be held at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on May 14. The goal of the event is to increase awareness of DoD laboratory research projects and technology innovations with Pentagon senior leaders, members of Congress, participating local high school students, news media, and DoD employees.
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.
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.
April 23, 2015
Imagine a glass window that’s tough like armor, a camera lens that doesn’t get scratched in a sand storm, or a smart phone that doesn’t break when dropped. Except it’s not glass, it’s a special ceramic called spinel that the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been researching over the last 10 years. "The advantage is it's so much tougher, stronger, harder than glass," says Dr. Jas Sanghera, who leads the research.
April 14, 2015
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has built a robot to pull, bend, and twist samples of the composite materials used to build F/A-18s and other aircraft. Dr. John Michopoulos leads the project. With a machine that can, as he says, "Measure so much more than anybody else," and some very advanced math, he can "create a theory that is consistent with all these experiments that we made, and works for all scales." He predicts how the materials will perform when made into large structures and used over many years.
March 18, 2015
NRL has found that some types of rubber provide corrosion protection—and potentially better ballistic protection—for amphibious assault vehicles (AAVs). This is important to the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) as they look to extend the AAV, introduced in 1972, through 2035. "Innovative sustainment concepts, like those NRL is investigating, enable us to avoid the cost of new design, development, and production of new components," says Tim Bergland of the USMC Advanced Amphibious Assault (AAA) office.
March 16, 2015
Scientists have found a simple and robust means to magnetize graphene (with its exceptional mechanical, electrical, and optical properties) using hydrogen.
March 12, 2015
Scientists monitor ionospheric weather conditions in real-time using world's most powerful radio telescope.
February 25, 2015
NRL astrophysicist Dr. T.L. Wilson is part of a multi-national research team that has discovered an outburst in the infrared from a deeply embedded protostar.


Featured Stories
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.
April 20, 2015
Dr. John Sethian is honored with the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award "for seminal contributions to the advancement of transformational pulsed-power and electron-beam technologies."
April 14, 2015
Presented by Rear Adm. Klunder, Cortesi receives the award for the rapid development and deployment of the Transportable Electronic Warfare Module (TEWM) to the U.S. Navy.
March 19, 2015
Dr. George Doschek, a research physicist in the Solar and Heliospheric Physics Branch, has been honored with the 2015 George Ellery Hale Prize for outstanding contributions over an extended period of time to the field of solar astronomy.
March 10, 2015
Dr. Arati Dasgupta was recently awarded fellowship to the Washington Academy of Sciences for "outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of plasma physics."
February 27, 2015
Dr. Paul E. Sheehan, a research chemist in the Surface Chemistry Branch at NRL, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Vacuum Society.
February 24, 2015
NRL's Dr. John N. Russell, Jr., head of the Surface Chemistry Branch, was honored at the annual American Vacuum Society awards ceremony with the top Societal honor, AVS Honorary Membership.
February 19, 2015
Dr. Paul Syverson, a mathematician at NRL, has been named a Fellow by the Association for Computing Machinery.
February 4, 2015
Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory research physicist, Dr. Steve Hellberg, was nominated for creative and influential contributions in the fields of strongly correlated materials, quantum dots, defects, and heterostructures.
January 23, 2015
Dr. Craig Hoffman has been appointed Superintendent of the Optical Sciences Division at NRL. As Superintendent, he directs the research of approximately 200 scientists and engineers engaged in basic and applied research across a wide swath of optical science.