News Releases

NRL Clarifies Valley Polarization for Electronic and Optoelectronic Technologies

WASHINGTON – An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has uncovered a direct link between sample quality and the degree of valley polarization in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs). In contrast with graphene, many monolayer TMDs are semiconductors and show promise for future applications in electronic and optoelectronic technologies. More

International Team Observes First Radio Counterpart to Gravitational Waves

WASHINGTON – Radio astronomers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Radio Astrophysics and Sensing Section, in collaboration with an international team from the Caltech-led Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen (GROWTH) project, measured the first ever detection of radio emission from colliding neutron stars nearly 124 million light years from Earth. The team discovered radio frequency emission in the range of 3 and 6 GHz in data taken Sept. 2 -3, 2017. More

The Great Years of Rath -- Materials Science & Component Technology Head Concludes 41-year Career at NRL

WASHINGTON -- Walk into Dr. Bhakta B. Rath’s office on a mid-August morning, and he welcomes you with a warm hello and handshake before settling in behind a desk piled unreasonably high with countless stacks of folders, documents, DoD correspondence and other paperwork requiring the attention of a man who leads more than 750 researchers and manages a $260 million budget. More

Sediment Research is a Large, Yet Granular Exercise at NRL

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. -- It’s an unseasonably warm February afternoon at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Stennis Space Center (SSC), Mississippi, where three men are tinkering with a 7-foot tall, four-legged instrument platform, preparing it for an upcoming research experiment off the coast of Virginia. More

NRL Brightens Perspective of Mysterious Mini-Halos

(WASHINGTON• August 3, 2017) -The largest gravitationally bound objects in the universe are galaxy clusters that form at the intersection of cosmic web filaments. These entities are shaped and grow through massive collisions as material streams into their gravitational pull. Within the heart of some galaxy clusters are mysterious and little known radio mini-halos. These rare, dispersed, and steep-spectrum (brighter at low frequencies) radio sources surround a bright central radio galaxy and are highly luminous at radio wavelengths. More

NRL-developed Topcoat Applied on Entire Freeboard of Navy Ship

WASHINGTON – Recently, a novel coating developed by researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for the exterior topsides of Navy surface ships went beyond small area testing to covering the entire freeboard of an amphibious assault ship.

Until April of 2017, NRL’s single-component (1K) polysiloxane coating had only been tested on 400-800 sq.ft. areas of ships due to limited production quantities and the typical size of topside paint repairs conducted by their crews. More

NRL Chemist Develops Device to Train Canine Units on Odor Detection

Man’s best friend returned to the silver screen this June in the film “Megan Leavey,” a story based on the true events about young Marine Megan Leavey and her combat canine, Rex. The film shines light on the importance of canine units throughout the military, whether it is aiding soldiers in combat situations or using their keen sense of smell to detect explosives in the field. More