2013 News Releases

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Scientific & Technical Interest
January 10, 2013
Scientists at NRL and the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, China, captured the super-elastic collision of two coronal mass ejections in the heliosphere. They recorded the surprising event using the Sun-Earth Connection Coronal and Heliospheric Investigation (SECCHI) suite onboard NASA's twin Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO).
January 14, 2013
Research at the Electronics Technology and Science Division has produced a novel, realistically achievable, lattice-matched, multi-junction solar cell design with the potential to break the 50 percent power conversion efficiency barrier.
February 1, 2013
NRL scientists see a flux rope on the sun for the very first time.
February 4, 2013
NRL scientist Dr. George Carruthers has received the 2012 National Medal of Technology and Innovation. This is the nation's highest honor for technology achievement, and it is bestowed by the president of the United States upon America's leading innovators.
February 8, 2013
Thermal infrared imagery captured by NASA hours after the eruption provides overwhelming satellite evidence that the Nabro eruption caused a sizable and direct volcanic impact on the stratosphere.
February 19, 2013
Analyzing radio telescope interferometry and GPS data recorded of the ionosphere, scientists are able to detect acoustic-gravity waves from surface and underground nuclear explosions.
February 25, 2013
Glow discharges in the upper atmosphere were generated to explore ionospheric phenomena and its impact on communications and space weather.
March 20, 2013
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory successfully demonstrate a single-step focal zooming process to maximize the efficiency of the world's largest operating krypton fluoride gas laser.
March 27, 2013
Scientists in the Applied Concepts in Materials Section of the Chemistry Division are developing unique systems aimed at the spontaneous decontamination of a variety of materials capable of neutralizing chemical and biological agents.
March 29, 2013
NRL scientists have developed a vapor sensor based on new monolayer materials that show great potential for future nanoscale electronic devices.
April 2, 2013
NRL scientists have observed, for the very first time, the formation of solar flux ropes, which are a type of solar magnetic field. They made their discovery using high-resolution images from the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory and from the NRL-developed Sun Earth Connection Coronal and Heliospheric Investigation telescopes aboard NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory.
April 12, 2013
On display at the Smithsonian 'Time and Navigation' exhibit, Navigational Technology Satellite-2 (NTS-2), launched June 23, 1977, was the first of a four-satellite constellation configured to demonstrate instantaneous navigation positioning.
April 17, 2013
Developed at NRL, second generation polyetheretherketone-like phthalonitrile-based composites are superior to that of any other thermoset-based composites currently in use for aerospace, ship, and submarine applications.
April 18, 2013
NRL supported both the 2009 and 2013 Presidential Inaugurations with a technology called CT-Analyst, developed by researchers in the Laboratory for Computational Physics and Fluid Dynamics. CT-Analyst is a tool that provides first-responders with accurate, instantaneous, three-dimensional predictions of chemical, biological, and radiological agent transport in urban settings.
April 23, 2013
The Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope team reports finding a distinctive particle-decay feature in the gamma-ray spectra of supernova remnants.
April 25, 2013
NRL recently hosted more than 110 elementary, middle, and high school students at the Mississippi Gulf Coast's second annual SeaPerch Regional Challenge in Biloxi, Mississippi. The SeaPerches are tethered, underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV)s built by the students.
May 9, 2013
Using liquid hydrogen fuel stored in a new NRL-developed cryogenic fuel storage tank, the flight shatters the previous 26-hour record set by the UAV in 2009.
May 13, 2013
NRL's MIGHTI satellite instrument, designed to study the Earth's thermosphere as part of a NASA satellite mission, has been selected to move forward in development with launch expected in 2017.
May 15, 2013
The DoD Space Test Program STP-H4 payload complement, which includes three NRL experiments bound for the International Space Station, has been shipped to Japan for integration on the HTV-4 vehicle that is expected to launch from the Tanegashima Space Center in August 2013.
May 29, 2013
Scientists from Germany, New Zealand and United States aboard the German research vessel, R/V Sonne, investigate and map giant seafloor anomalies off the New Zealand coast.
June 10, 2013
Developed at NRL's Plasma Physics Division, incoherent combining of high power fiber lasers for directed energy applications has proven effective in deployed Navy laser weapon systems prototypes.
June 12, 2013
NRL researchers are making precise observations of "dark lightning" flashes from space to understand the nature of dark lightning and to quantify the radiation exposure it may present to the crew and passengers of aircraft.
June 24, 2013
Representing a significant milestone in the advancement of Numerical Weather Prediction systems, the NRL team receives the award for the development of NAVGEM, a high-resolution global weather prediction system.
June 25, 2013
Dr. Jerome Karle, former NRL scientist and Nobel Prize laureate, died on June 6, 2013, at the age of 94.
July 1, 2013
On July 2, 2013, NRL celebrates its 90th birthday.
July 3, 2013
The NRL developed Coupled Oceanographic and Atmospheric Mesoscale Prediction System-Tropical Cyclone (COAMPS-TC) is one of the most skillful TC intensity models available to forecasters.
July 18, 2013
NRL scientists have determined that there has been an increase in bright polar mesospheric clouds in the last two years, an unexpected result since these clouds are generally thought to be less prevalent during conditions of high solar activity. Their research suggests that the man-made effect of water released by exhaust from space traffic during recent years has overwhelmed the effect of higher solar activity.
July 29, 2013
As microelectronic devices become smaller, faster, and more powerful, thermal management becomes a critical challenge. This research provides new insight into the nature of thermal transport at a quantitative level.
August 7, 2013
NRL scientists recently conducted on-site testing for the NRL-developed Antimicrobial Resistance Determinant Microarray in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, working with researchers from the Naval Medical Research Unit 2.
August 12, 2013
Electronics Science and Technology Division researchers have developed a novel, low cost, and highly efficient spectral sensor for field analysis of solar cell irradiance performance and spectral distribution. The sensor system can be used in remote solar radiation monitoring applications, such as mobile solar power units, where high precision and low power consumption is a necessity.
August 14, 2013
Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have developed a technology, using silicon to fabricate a sensor that may revolutionize the way trace chemical detection is conducted.
September 11, 2013
NRL researchers have moved liquid droplets using long chemical gradients formed on graphene. This new achievement offers potential applications ranging from electronics to mechanical resonators to bio/chemical sensors.
September 13, 2013
Using colloidal lead sulfide nanocrystal quantum dot substances, NRL researchers achieve the highest recorded open-circuit voltages for quantum dot solar cells to date.
September 20, 2013
NRL and the Navy's science and technology research squadron, Scientific Development Squadron ONE (VXS-1), will operate the MZ-3A lighter-than-air "blimp" in the regions surrounding Washington, D.C. beginning Sept. 21.
September 24, 2013
Thirteen NRL scientists and engineers representing six NRL research divisions were recognized with the prestigious Dr. Delores M. Etter Top Scientist and Engineer of the Year award.
October 9, 2013
NRL's VEry high angular Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (VERIS) has obtained the first sub-arcsecond spectrally pure images of the solar atmosphere.
October 22, 2013
NRL has furthered the reach and capabilities of its rapid urban plume modeling and hazard assessment system, CT-Analyst, by providing a commercial license to Safe Environment Engineering SEE for use in public safety, industrial safety and monitoring, and environmental monitoring.
October 29, 2013
Researchers demonstrate in-situ atmospheric and oceanic sensing systems and real-time operational mesoscale numerical weather prediction models at TRIDENT WARRIOR 2013.
October 31, 2013
Diversity/Careers in Engineering & Information Technology magazine has named NRL a "Best Diversity Company" again this year.
November 6, 2013
Beginning Nov. 12, the Navy's MZ-3A research airship will again appear in the skies over Maryland, Virginia, and the regions surrounding Washington, D.C. to conclude a one-week research mission.
November 6, 2013
NRL's Dr. Douglas Drob is part of an international consortium that is refining estimates of the yield and damage of the recent asteroid explosion over Chelyabinsk, Russia.
November 13, 2013
When Comet ISON, a so-called Sungrazing comet, sweeps by the Sun on November 28, 2013, telescopes developed by NRL will be lined up for a spectacular front row view.
November 15, 2013
A team led by NRL will use new Multi-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar to map Provinces of Papua New Guinea to aid in the search and recovery of unaccounted for downed WWII aircraft.
November 20, 2013
NRL's autonomous underwater vehicle, Reliant, when equipped with a low frequency broadband sonar system, is perhaps best known as the prototype for the new U.S. Navy Knifefish mine-hunter.
December 5, 2013
Since its discovery, graphene has generated considerable interest. Researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory investigate the possibility for new optical devices using graphene for communications, and image and signal processing.
December 5, 2013
A milestone in U.S. Navy history, an all-electric NRL-developed unmanned aircraft was successfully launched and flown from the submerged USS Providence.
December 11, 2013
The Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) will get a new system allowing it to continuously monitor the sky to study Earth's ionosphere.
December 13, 2013
December 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of one of the Naval Research Laboratory's most important contributions to technology development and national defense: the Fleet's first shipboard radar.

Featured Stories
January 7, 2013
NRL electronics technician Arthur Merat has received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his work at the Midway Research Center, an NRL satellite calibration facility located in Stafford, Virginia.
January 17, 2013
Dr. Melinda Peng, a meteorologist at NRL's Marine Meteorology Division in Monterey, California, has been elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
February 15, 2013
Dr. Craig Bishop, an NRL meteorologist, has been elected a Fellow by the American Meteorological Society for outstanding contributions to data assimilation, numerical weather prediction, and mesoscale dynamics.
February 20, 2013
Operating from the University of Delaware's research vessel, R/V Hugh R. Sharp, the sea trials are part of a continuing experiment to exploit acoustic guide sources at the ocean surface for use in passive signal processing in littoral regions.
February 25, 2013
The Benthic Unattended Generator persistently generates electrical power in marine environments.
March 26, 2013
Dr. Michelle Johannes, a physicist in the Materials Science and Technology Division at the Naval Research Laboratory, was recently named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, through the Division of Computational Physics.
April 16, 2013
Dr. John Montgomery, Director of Research at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, has been elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering. He is recognized 'for leading the Navy's electronics-warfare technical authority, and for developing critical operational systems.'
May 16, 2013
Mr. Charles Harden, a World War II veteran who served as an ensign on the USS Shadwell in 1945, recently returned to the ex-USS Shadwell for a visit
May 20, 2013
The NRL-developed Pirate Attack Risk Surface technology is recognized with Computerworld Honors Laureate.
June 3, 2013
Paul Jaffe named VADM Gravely STEM Education and Diversity Champion of the Year
June 5, 2013
NRL scientists are recognized with the 2012 Office of Naval Research Prize for Affordability for their development of Rapid Cure Single Coat Tank Coatings, a money saving technology that has been implemented Fleet wide.
June 7, 2013
Dr. Francis Klemm presented with Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award
June 10, 2013
Named in honor of the late Dr. Arthur E. Bisson, nuclear physicist and former director of science and technology for the Office of Naval Research, the award is in recognition of individuals who have successfully translated research findings into substantive fleet programs that meet critical Navy requirements.
June 21, 2013
Dr. Sastry Kompella receives Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from Virginia Tech
June 27, 2013
Dr. Richard Fonda, a metallurgist in the Materials Science and Technology Division at NRL, has been selected a fellow of ASM International, formerly known as the American Society for Metals.
July 16, 2013
NRL research physicist, Dr. Peter Gaiser, has received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award for his achievements over the past 15 years on the NRL WindSat mission.
July 30, 2013
Dr. Judith Lean, the Senior Scientist for Sun-Earth System Research at NRL, has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society.
September 9, 2013
NRL research scientist Dr. John Michopoulos is conferred Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
September 13, 2013
Ms. Paula Scholten, an information technology specialist in the Human Resources Office at NRL, has been recognized with the Laboratory’s Excellence in Mission Support Award.
September 18, 2013
Dr. Jerry Meyer, the Navy Senior Scientist for Quantum Electronics at NRL receives the 2013 E.O. Hulburt Annual Science Award, the highest award the NRL Commanding Officer can confer on an NRL civilian employee.
September 26, 2013
Awarded by the D. S. Rozhdestvensky Optical Society, Dr. Efros is one of three 2013 recipients of the E. F. Gross Medal, recognized for theoretical description of quantum size effects in the optical spectra of semiconductor nanocrystals.
October 8, 2013
Scientists at NRL's Marine Meteorology Division and Space Science Division recently received the Department of the Navy Acquisition Excellence Technology Transition Award. They are recognized for their work on a new generation atmospheric global prediction system.
October 11, 2013
Dr. Erwin receives the award for pioneering contributions toward understanding how electronic and magnetic properties of solids are determined by impurities, surface absorbates and structural defects.
October 11, 2013
Dr. Eckermann receives the award for contributions to the Navy's high-altitude analysis and forecasting capabilities leading to major improvements in Navy operational numerical weather prediction models.
October 11, 2013
Dr. Daniel Gunlycke, a research physicist in the Chemistry Division at NRL, is a recipient of the 2013 Young Investigator Award from the NRL Edison Chapter of the Sigma Xi scientific research society.
October 11, 2013
Dr. Sophia Economou, a research physicist in the Electronics Science and Technology Division at NRL, is a recipient of the 2013 Young Investigator Award from the NRL Edison Chapter of the Sigma Xi scientific research society.
October 28, 2013
In a recent survey by The Scientist magazine, NRL ranked 15th among U.S. institutions as the best places to work for postdocs.
October 31, 2013
Galysh receives the award for contributions over the last decade educating and motivating students in the technical disciplines of aerospace engineering.
November 13, 2013
APS Fellows are elected on the criterion of exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise that are comprised of outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.
November 15, 2013
Presented by the American Physical Society the award is the highest honor bestowed upon plasma physics researchers.
December 19, 2013
NRL scientist Dr. Daniel Gunlycke received the 2013 Peter Mark Memorial Award, established in 1979 in memory of Dr. Peter Mark who served as Editor of the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology from 1975 to 1979.