The Bridge: The Role of NRL's Military Deputies

One of the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory's primary missions is to discover the needs of the Fleet and what technologies can be created to meet them. To obtain this goal, the laboratory bridges the gap between the researchers on shore and our Sailors and Marines in the field through our military deputies. More

NRL CBD Shores-Up Environmental Improvements

WASHINGTON — Just in time for Earth Day 2018, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Chesapeake Bay Detachment (CBD), located on the Chesapeake’s west bank, has finalized an extensive five-year initiative to stabilize, beautify and establish an ecological and nature friendly environment along the shores of one of Maryland’s greatest natural resources. More

NRL Names Sandhoo as Superintendent for Spacecraft Engineering

WASHINGTON — On April 1, 2018, Dr. Gurpartap “GP” Sandhoo was selected for appointment to the Senior Executive Service at the US Naval Research Laboratory and for assignment as the Superintendent for Spacecraft Engineering department of the Naval Center for Space Technology (NCST).

Sandhoo previously served as the executive assistant to the Director of Research for technology development, a position he held since 2012. More

NRL Meteorologist presents new wildfire climate research to global scientists

WASHINGTON – Last year was a record year for wildfires across the globe, and their impact on the atmosphere remains highly uncertain. Thanks to new research from expert scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the world is gaining more insight into what drives these massive and escalating events. More

National Academy of Inventors inducts NRL research chemist

Dr. Brian L. Justus, head of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's Optical Physics Branch, was elected a NAI Fellow on Dec. 12, 2017, and will be inducted into the National Academy of Inventors during the Seventh Annual NAI Conference on April 5 in Washington, D.C. More

NRL Patents Laser-Based Device for Autonomous Separation and Characterization of Cells

(WASHINGTON) – Inspired by the need for sensitive, selective, automated and cost effective clinical and research instruments that can sort cell streams for the detection of pathogens and disease, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has patented a laser-based microfluidic device to help researchers characterize and sort individual cells by measuring their optical force. More

Materials Research Team Lights the Way for More Efficient LEDs

WASHINGTON — Researchers at the U.S Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Center for Computational Materials Science, working with an international team of physicists, have revealed that nanocrystals made of cesium lead halide perovskites (CsPbX3), is the first discovered material which the ground exciton state is "bright,” More

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

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