Argonne National Laboratory

Science Highlights

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Magnetic switching under pressure

Argonne and Eastern Washington University scientists, working at the Advanced Photon Source, have harnessed the power of extreme high pressure and discovered a novel approach to predictably tune th

December 1, 2010
Quantum-Dot-Induced Transparency in a Nanoscale Plasmonic Resonator

Electrodynamic simulations show that a single semiconductor nanocrystal can induce nearly complete transparency in the optical scattering and extinction of a metal nanostructure.

December 1, 2010
When size matters: Yttrium oxide breaking down under pressure

A team working at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne has discovered that Y2O3 in nanometer-sized particles undergoes a definite phase transition under pressure that results

December 1, 2010
New advances in computing for Very High Temperature Reactors

Argonne researchers adapted a simulation program to improve designs for Very High Temperature Reactors, a Gen IV class of new nuclear reactor designs, with the goal of reducing capital costs for ne

December 1, 2010
A boring material, "stretched", could lead to an electronics revolution

The oxide compound europium titanate is fairly boring on its own, but sliced nanometers thin and chemically stretched on a specially-designed template, it takes on properties that could revolutioni

October 1, 2010
Spin signatures of photogenerated radical anions

Photovoltaic (PV) cells are the most promising man-made devices for direct solar energy utilization.

October 1, 2010
Argonne bioremediation effort in Kansas is cleaning up contaminants

Last year, a team of Argonne scientists led by Lorraine LaFreniere injected iron microparticles underneath fields polluted with carbon tetrachloride near Centralia, Kansas.

October 1, 2010
Mysteries of the nuclear landscape

Approximately 3,000 nuclei are already known, and twice as many could, in principle, still be discovered experimentally.

September 1, 2010
Argonne researchers show impact of soil vegetation and moisture on carbon recovery

Argonne National Laboratory Biosciences Division ecologist Julie Jastrow and colleagues recently published work showing the impact of soil vegetation and moisture on terrestrial carbon recovery.

September 1, 2010
Key parameters for high-efficiency plastic solar sells revealed

Since their discovery about fifteen years ago, plastic solar cells made from semiconducting polymers and fullerene derivatives ("buckyballs") have shown promise for future commercialization due to

August 1, 2010