NRL Scientist Discovers Monstrous Black Hole Explosion

WASHINGTON — U.S. Naval Research Laboratory researchers played a key role in discovering evidence for the most powerful black hole outburst in the universe, occurring about 400 light years away in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster More

Researchers Shed Light on Perplexing Bay of Bengal Monsoon Oscillations

WASHINGTON — Oceanographers and meteorologists with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory concluded an ambitious field research program in collaboration with the U.S. Office of Naval Research aimed at understanding the role of the Indian Ocean on monsoon intra-seasonal oscillations. More

NRL meteorologist tracks transcontinental dust storms’ magnitude and impact

WASHINGTON — This meteorological phenomenon involves an extremely hot, dry air mass, carrying large concentrations of Saharan dust from Northern Africa across the Atlantic Ocean into the Greater Caribbean, South America, the Gulf of Mexico and southeastern United States. More

Navy gains a competitive edge with research into biological ocean swarms

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss— Tiny and frightening-looking creatures lurking throughout our world’s oceans can wreak havoc on Navy tactical decision-makers’ ability to sense the environment or plan and chart a navigation course. To help increase our understanding of these intermediate trophic level (ITL) organisms like tiny crustaceans and jellyfish, researchers conducted a 14-day field campaign last year off the coast of Delaware. More

NRL researchers monitor changing Arctic using sound

WASHINGTON — U.S. Naval Research Laboratory scientists developed Ice-tethered Acoustic Buoys to monitor the acoustic and oceanographic environment in the changing Arctic. The buoys provide critical oceanographic data to improve prediction capabilities of ocean and climate models. More

NRL-built Camera Provides View into Sun’s Polar Regions

WASHINGTON — The Solar Orbiter mission will use a U.S. Naval Research Laboratory-designed and -built heliospheric camera, known as SoloHI, to provide unique perspectives and unprecedented views of the Sun’s North and South poles. The spacecraft, a NASA and European Space Agency collaboration, launched aboard an Atlas V rocket at Cape Canaveral, Florida, Feb. 9. More

NRL Researchers’ Golden Touch Enhances Quantum Technology

WASHINGTON - Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory discovered a new platform for quantum technologies by suspending two-dimensional (2-D) crystals over pores in a slab of gold. This new approach may help develop new materials for secure communication and sensing technologies based on the unique laws of physics at the atomic levels. More

The drive to create the next generation of weather models

WASHINGTON — It wasn’t Joan Gardner’s first time seeing a polar bear. Over the years, while conducting research on floating ice in the Artic, she had often spotted them wandering the outer periphery of her work site. Now it was 2016, and her team was outside the city of Barrow (Utqiaġvik), in the Alaska North Slope. Her field of vision was restricted by goggles. She was looking down while sampling the ice and taking measurements. More

Predicting Hurricane Dorian using NRL’s tropical cyclone model COAMPS-TC

WASHINGTON— At the time, senior scientist Jim Doyle was a little worried. Projections by his team’s tropical cyclone model were deviating from those of the other major weather models, which were predicting Hurricane Dorian would make landfall in Florida. His own team’s model showed the storm would curve northward along the coast. More

NRL researching rivers in the sky

WASHINGTON – Meteorologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory plan to take a harder look in 2020 at a prime, yet difficult to model, component of the global water cycle known as atmospheric rivers.

Rivers in the sky, sometimes known as the Maya or Pineapple Express, account for most of the horizontal moisture transported outside of the tropics – the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn – and even up into the Arctic. More

Weather forecasting team tracks, predicts ‘fire-cloud’ phenomenon

MONTEREY, Calif. – Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory advanced their ongoing work to understand and predict formation of pyrocumulonimbus (pyroCb) clouds in 2019, collected the most detailed sampling of the clouds in history. More

Howard Named 2019 AGU Fellow, Discusses His 50-Year Space Science Career

WASHINGTON— Russell Howard, head of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Solar and Heliospheric Physics, Flight Projects Section, received recognition as an American Geophysical Union Fellow in 2019 in commemoration of his more than 50-years of service and many contributions to the scientific community. More

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory ‘connects the dots’ for quantum networks

WASHINGTON — 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. More

NRL Tests Sensor On-orbit the ISS to Protect Space-Based Assets

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. More

NRL kicks off Combined Federal Campaign with fall festival 2019

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Naval Research Laboratory employees gathered on the campus mall to celebrate the launch of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) of the National Capital Area with a festive fall event involving live music, food trucks, ice cream, games, and local charities Oct. 17. More

Novel NRL instrument enhances ability to measure nuclear materials

WASHINGTON — Researchers with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) designed and built an instrument called NAUTILUS to provide new measurement capabilities unlike those available at other laboratories to measure nuclear, cosmo/geo-chemical, and electronic materials. More

Researchers transmit energy with laser in ‘historic’ power-beaming demonstration

WASHINGTON — During a three-day-long tech demonstration at the David Taylor Model Basin at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Bethesda, Maryland, attendees gathered to see a long-range, free-space power beaming system. Attendees this day, May 23, could see the system itself—the two 13-foot-high towers, one a 2-kilowatt laser transmitter, the other a receiver of specially designed photovoltaics. But the laser that was beaming 400 watts of power across 325 meters, from the transmitter to the receiver, was invisible to the naked eye. More

NRL launches space weather instrument on NASA satellite

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) instrument aboard NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite will deliver unprecedented information to help scientists investigate how both terrestrial and solar weather impact the ionosphere, the ionized region of Earth’s upper atmosphere. ICON launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Oct. 10. More

Naval Academy Displays NRL’s Enduring Presence in Space Research

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory and the U.S. Naval Academy Museum combined resources to tell the story of how the Navy ushered in our nation’s presence in space. The USNA exhibit “Sea, Sun and Space” displays, through visual artifacts and curated narrative, the pioneering role NRL and its collaborators and sponsors played in the future of space exploration. More