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Argonne National Laboratory

Discovery Science

Fundamental research that drives innovation

Argonne is dedicated to the pursuit of big, ambitious ideas that redefine what is possible.

Argonne conducts fundamental research to understand, predict, and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic and molecular levels. Through dedication to rigorous inquiry and a collaborative approach, our broad research agenda and unique scientific facilities support a cross-cutting research program that advances the leading edge in basic research.


Estimating potential energy use, oil use and carbon emission impacts of advanced light- and heavy-duty vehicle technologies and alternative fuels

Vortex Matter

Our current research focuses on elucidating vortex dynamics in high temperature superconductors through high-speed magneto-optical imaging complemented with large-scale time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau simulations.
Time dependent Ginzburg-Landau simulations of vortex cutting and reconnecting in a YBCO crystal.

Computing the Sky at Extreme Scales

Computing the Sky at Extreme Scales will equip cosmologists with the ability to design foundational simulations to create ​“virtual universes” on demand at the extreme fidelities demanded by future multi-wavelength sky s