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Awards and noteworthy scientific achievements at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Schematic showing the formation of shocked glass in the wake of a release wave as tiny crystallites

In this Month's Science Highlights:

X-ray laser experiments show that scientists have overestimated meteor sizes
Los Alamos scientists and collaborators have used the high-brightness, short-pulse Linac Coherent Light Source X-ray free electron laser at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to simulate what happens when a meteor hits the Earth’s crust, generating shocked glass. The new study's results, published in Nature Communications, lead to a greater understanding of important problems in shock physics and materials science. Above, a schematic shows the formation of shocked glass in the wake of a release wave as tiny crystallites of the mineral stishovite (green sphere-like features) dissolve away due to high pressure phase metastability.

Current Science Highlights Issue: Oct. 25, 2017

The October issue of the Science Highlights is now online. This issue features awards, in addition to articles reporting on the following science highlight stories:

  • Use of artificial neural networks to design better biofuels,
  • Predicting first-passage times in sparse discrete fracture networks,
  • X-ray laser experiments reveal overestimation of meteor sizes, Insight into the past environment on Mars,
  • Atomic-level observations of low-cost fuel cell catalysts,
  • Enhanced neutron counting capability for nuclear safeguards, and
  • Improved cross section measurements.

Read these articles and more in the October 2017 issue.

About Science Highlights

Science Highlights features some of the current, cutting-edge scientific research at Los Alamos. The highlights also include recent awards and recognitions of Los Alamos scientists. Science Highlights is published once a month and produced by the Laboratory's Science, Technology, and Engineering directorate.

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