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April 28, 2022
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How quickly a battery electrode decays depends on properties of individual particles in the battery – at first. Later on, the network of particles matters more.
A group of particles, some highlighted in reds and oranges to show which have begun to break apart.
April 8, 2022
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A physical chemist and a diverse group of his students are working on applications with nanoscopic diamonds.
Three side-by-side portraits.
March 9, 2022
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It’s a significant step in understanding these whirling quasiparticles and putting them to work in future semiconductor technologies.
A beam of light hits a semiconductor material, ejecting an electron (blue) which goes on to partner with a hole (orange) to form a whirling compound particle, the exciton.
March 7, 2022
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SLAC’s Matt Garrett and Susan Simpkins talk about tech transfer that brings innovations from the national lab to the people, including advances for medical devices and self-driving vehicles.
Tech Transfer
February 25, 2022
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A laser compressing an aluminum crystal provides a clearer view of a material’s plastic deformation, potentially leading to the design of stronger nuclear fusion materials and spacecraft shields.
an abstract illustration of rippling waves made of shining dots
February 16, 2022
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Researchers mimicked these extreme impacts in the lab and discovered new details about how they transform minerals in Earth’s crust.
meteor
February 14, 2022
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X-ray laser experiments show that intense light distorts the structure of a thermoelectric material in a unique way, opening a new avenue for controlling the properties of materials.
Illustration shows two ball-and-stick molecules in pink and red separated by a blurred streak representing how the first structure is slightly deformed into the second.
February 9, 2022
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Scientists discover that triggering superconductivity with a flash of light involves the same fundamental physics that are at work in the more stable states needed for devices, opening a new path toward producing room-temperature superconductivity.
January 26, 2022
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The results cap 15 years of detective work aimed at understanding how these materials transition into a superconducting state where they can conduct electricity with no loss.
Conceptual illlustration showing a beam of light entering from the right and hitting a material, ejecting a sphere representing an electron
January 19, 2022
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High-speed X-ray free-electron lasers have unlocked the crystal structures of small molecules relevant to chemistry and materials science, proving a new method that could advance semiconductor and solar cell development.

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