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(a) Illustration showing an AFM tip indenting the TMD/polymer structure to introduce local strain. (b) Patterned single photon emission in WSe<sub>2</sub> induced by AFM indentation of the letters “NRL” and “AFRL”. (c) AFM indents produce single photon emitter “ornaments” on a monolayer WSe<sub>2</sub> “Christmas tree.”
February 13, 2019
Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) have developed a way to directly write quantum light sources, which emit a single photon of light at a time, into monolayer semiconductors such as tungsten diselenide (WSe2).
1776’s host walks center-stage before the Innovation Discovery Event, where four NRL researchers presented to a panel of private and public, research and development professionals on Nov. 28, 2018. As the nation’s largest network of entrepreneurial incubators, 1776 offers access to a global network of connections with established institutions and corporations, influencers, expert mentors, and investors. Here, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory is able to work in collaborative spaces where researchers can be
January 30, 2019

The Technology Transfer Office at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory forged a strategic partnership with 1776, the nation’s largest network of entrepreneurial incubators, to foster innovative-intellectual exchange and gainful collaborative agreements.

Clementine is essentially completed and undergoing one of the final tests before transport to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)
January 25, 2019

Twenty-five years ago, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory launched the Deep Space Program Science Experiment (DSPSE), better known as “Clementine,” from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, January 25, 1994.

During the operational tour NRL researchers directly interacted with USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) crewmember’s who maneuver ship systems. The opportunity for operational exchange with actual Sailors will aid researchers considering user-interface in their research, design process. (Photo Credit: Sara Francis, NRL Strategic Communications Office)
January 4, 2019

NORFOLK, Va. — Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory attended an operational tour of the USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) in response to need for more rapid transfer of science and technology (S&T) to the Navy’s fleet.

Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command
December 7, 2018

Scientists from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory - Stennis Space Center, Marine Geosciences Division, have increased participation in recent Naval exercises and operational demonstrations, realizing the effects of Navy research scientists and engineers working alongside Sailors and Marines.

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