Research physicist and head of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Charged Particle Physics Branch Bill Amatucci stands in front of the source  chamber section of the Space NRL Physics Simulation Chamber.
November 12, 2019

A large-scale vacuum vessel for the creation of space-like conditions, the Space Physics Simulation Chamber is one of only a handful of its kind in the United States and one of the biggest in the world.

Schematic of a nanoscale structure called a ‘photonic crystal waveguide’ that contains quantum dots that can interact with one another when they are tuned to the same wavelength. (Image credit: Chul Soo Kim, US Naval Research Laboratory)
November 12, 2019

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed a new technique that could enable future advancements in quantum technology.

The technique squeezes quantum dots, tiny particles made of thousands of atoms, to emit single photons (individual particles of light) with precisely the same color and with positions that can be less than a millionth of a meter apart.

NRL electrical engineer Dr. Woojun Yoon, displays an ultrathin flexible crystalline silicon solar cell that underwent a manufacturing process developed by NRL to thin the cell. The patent-pending method reduces the total thickness of a commercially available cell to approximately 30 microns and ensures its silicon surface won’t crack when bent.
November 12, 2019

In February, researchers at the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory (NRL) submitted a patent application for a new method of manufacturing ultrathin flexible silicon solar cells.

NRL News Teaser
November 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Developed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Plasma Physics Division, in conjunction with the Spacecraft Engineering Department, the Space PlasmA Diagnostic suitE (SPADE) experiment launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the International Space Station onboard the SpaceX Dragon resupply mission (CRS-17), May 4.

NRL News Teaser
November 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Materials science researchers with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have found a remnant of ancient dust from the early stages of the solar system inside a primitive meteorite, named La Paz Icefield 02342 after the location of its discovery in Antarctica.

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