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November 29, 2018

Researchers from the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope Collaboration, including scientists at the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, used Fermi to measure the rate of star formation through interactions of gamma rays with extragalactic background light, gaining insight into the star formation history of the universe.

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November 27, 2018

Dr. Marriner Merrill, a research scientist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, was recognized as part of a team that received the Navy "Innovation Excellence Acquisition Team of the Year Award" for demonstrated engineering ingenuity in developing a repair solution for delaminated transparent armor, estimated to save the Marine Corps $105 million.

Steerable electro-evanescent optical refractor (SEEOR)
November 19, 2018

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory have recently demonstrated a new nonmechanical chip-based beam steering technology that offers an alternative to costly, cumbersome and often unreliable and inefficient mechanical gimbal-style laser scanners.

(a) Experimental schematic of conductive atomic force microscopy (CAFM). (b) Sample CAFM image showing eight clearly identifiable defects. (c) Photoluminescence (PL) intensity map of a WS2 triangle. (d) PL intensity and defect density along the dashed black line in (c) showing an inverse relationship between PL intensity and defect density. (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)
November 14, 2018
Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have discovered the reason for the large variations observed in the optical properties of new single monolayer semiconductors such as tungsten disulphide (WS2).
An emerging class of semiconductor heterostructures involves stacking discrete monolayers such as transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), e.g. molybdenum diselenide (MoSe<sub>2</sub>) and tungsten diselenide (WSe<sub>2</sub>), to form van der Waals heterostructures. Both emission features originate from excitonic transitions that are indirect in momentum space and are split by spin−orbit coupling. (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory)
November 2, 2018
Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have fabricated a bilayer structure comprised of two different monolayer materials, and observed a unique electronic state formed by the interaction between these two layers.

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