NRL Tropical Cyclone Research Team Wins Unique AMS Award

(WASHINGTON • Jan. 10, 2018) – An interdisciplinary team of federal, private, and academic researchers, including scientists from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Marine Meteorology Division, were bestowed the unique “Special Award” from the American Meteorological Society (AMS), at the 98th Annual AMS Meeting in Austin, Texas, January 10, 2018. More

NRL Improves Optical Efficiency in Nanophotonic Devices

WASHINGTON — A team of physicists, headed by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), have demonstrated the means to improve the optical loss characteristics and transmission efficiency of hexagonal boron nitride devices, enabling very small lasers and nanoscale optics. More

NRL Researchers Advance Fleet Weather Predictions Through Innovation, Collaboration

MONTEREY, Calif. – The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Marine Meteorology Division in Monterey, California, houses a team of scientists and engineers who work in conjunction with the lab’s broader scientific community to provide the fleet with the most accurate weather forecasts possible. More

Dr. Thomas Carroll Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

WASHINGTON – Dr. Thomas Carroll, research physicist in the Center for Computational Materials Science at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Carroll is recognized by the APS for research in nonlinear dynamics including experimental detection of transient chaos in magnetic spin-wave materials, synchronization of chaotic systems, applications of chaos to communications and radar, and applying phase space techniques to signal analysis. More

New Unmanned Air System Tested on USS Coronado

(WASHINGTON) -- Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) successfully completed testing their Nomad flight vehicle off of USS Coronado (LCS 4) in August. This test demonstrated the Nomad’s upgraded launch and control capabilities as well as a new recovery capability by launching multiple vehicles in quick succession, conducting formation flying operations, and recovering all vehicles sequentially onboard the USS Coronado. More

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 Holds Dual Change of Command, Retirement Ceremony

WASHINGTON -- Captain Mark Bruington, the 38th commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, was relieved by NRL executive officer Captain Scott Moran during a dual change of command and retirement ceremony at the Navy’s corporate laboratory July 7, 2017. 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

Acoustics Expert Retires After 42 Years at NRL

Dr. Edward R. Franchi, the Associate Director of Research for the Ocean and Atmospheric Science and Technology Directorate at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, will retire June 30, 2017, after more than 40 years of of cutting-edge research and executive management at NRL. More

Nitrides in Transition

WASHINGTON —The average, everyday person might not be familiar with gallium nitride, also known as GaN, but there is a good chance they’ve heard of silicon, a semiconductor that’s been used for decades and found in every computer and most electronics. More

NRL Astronomers Inspire Youth to Gaze at Stars

WASHINGTON – U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) astronomers will point their telescopes toward the stars during the annual Astronomy Night on the National Mall (ANOM) June 2. More

NRL Showcases Technologies at SAS 2017

The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) participated in the Navy League’s 52nd annual Sea-Air-Space Exposition at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland, April 3-5. More

NRL Experiments Transition Flawlessly Aboard ISS

The International Space Station (ISS) installed NRL’s Limb-Imaging Ionospheric and Thermospheric Extreme Ultraviolet (UV) Spectrograph (LITES), and Global Positioning System (GPS) Radio Occultation and Ultraviolet Photometer Co-located (GROUP-C) research instruments Feb 28.

The payload was delivered via SpaceX’s FALCON 9 rocket Feb. 17, and later retrieved by a robotic-arm aboard the ISS. After several days of installation, payload managers and the DoD Space Test Program successfully performed tests to confirm the instruments functioned properly. More

New Vanguard Supercomputer Launches on Anniversary of Vanguard Project

On March 17, 1958, the Vanguard I satellite was launched into Earth’s orbit. Part of NRL’s Vanguard Program, this satellite was the first of three successful Vanguard launches, spawning America’s first solar-powered foray into space carrying scientific experiments. From the Vanguard Project spawned the establishment of the first Real-Time Computing Center, a program that calculated orbit trajectory in real time to facilitate signals from the satellite to the surface below. More

Vanguard I Celebrates its 59th Anniversary in Space

This year marks the 59th Anniversary of the Vanguard I satellite’s launch into space. Part of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s (NRL) Vanguard Program, this satellite was launched on March 17, 1958. The first of three successful Vanguard launches, this satellite was America’s second foray into space after Explorer I, the first of which to be powered by solar energy. More

Mr. Joseph Edward Peak Receives Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Head of the Signature Technology Office at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Mr. Joseph Edward Peak received the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Jan. 25, for sustained performance, outstanding technical leadership, management, and research and development achievements that increased Navy, Marine Corps, Army, and Special Operations operational capabilities and survivability over the past 15 years. More

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