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Some Like It Hot: Boosting Efficiency in Solar Cells

Novel hot-carrier solar cells convert sunlight to electricity more efficiently than conventional solar cells by harnessing charge carriers before they lose their energy to heat. A key to keeping electric charges hot longer is to slow the phonons...
2-Dec-2020 4:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Decorating Semiconductors at the Atomic Scale

Combining two different semiconductors can create new properties. The way these combinations work depends on how the semiconductors are arranged and contact one another. Researchers have developed a new way to grow semiconductor crystals about...
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New Prototype Advances Particle Accelerators for Industry and Medicine

The most powerful particle accelerators on Earth are research machines built on superconducting radiofrequency technology. These accelerators are expensive and difficult to operate. Scientists have now built an accelerator prototype that uses...
1-Dec-2020 12:25 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Laser-Driven “Chirp” Powers High-Resolution Materials Imaging

Scientists use beams of electrons to study materials’ properties. Shorter beams produce higher-resolution views. To make shorter beams, the electrons at the tail of the beam need to catch up to the head of the beam. This is accomplished by giving...
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Christopher Mauger: Then and Now / 2010 Early Career Award Winner

University of Pennsylvania physics professor Christopher Mauger measures neutrino properties, investigating the transformation of neutrinos between types. His work supports the long-baseline neutrino physics program DUNE - Deep Underground Neutrino...
23-Nov-2020 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Cell-Free Technology Accelerates Industrial Biotechnology

Industrial biotechnology aims to use microbes, such as bacteria, as factories to convert molecules into desirable products using enzymes. Scientists have now developed a framework to rapidly select from hundreds of options to design, build, and...
20-Nov-2020 1:30 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Christian Bauer: Then and Now / 2010 Early Career Award Winner

Large data sets require software specifically written to increase precision. Christian Bauer develops that software for new physics discoveries.
6-Nov-2020 11:15 AM EST Add to Favorites

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DIII-D Scientists Identify New Peaks in Fusion Power

In new experiments at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility, researchers separately measured the deposition of particles and turbulent transport in in high-confinement plasmas. The research showed that the increase is the result of electrons being...
6-Nov-2020 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Matt Law: Then and Now / 2010 Early Career Award Winner

Then and Now looks at what a 2010 Department of Energy Office of Science Early Career Award meant for Matt Law, now an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Irvine.
23-Oct-2020 11:50 AM EDT

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Victoria Orphan: Then and Now

Victoria Orphan is the James Irvine Professor of Environmental Science and Geobiology in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology.
24-Aug-2020 3:55 PM EDT

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Martin Centurion: Then and Now

Martin Centurion is the Susan J. Rosowski Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
24-Aug-2020 3:55 PM EDT

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Athena Safa Sefat: Then and Now

Athena Safa Sefat is a Senior Research Scientist and a former Wigner Fellow in the Materials Science & Technology Division of the Physical Sciences Directorate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
13-Jul-2020 4:05 PM EDT

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Colleen Iversen on Belowground Ecology

After working on a climate change experiment that showed plants adapt to additional carbon dioxide by putting extra carbon into their roots, Colleen Iverson has been on a mission to understand the role of roots in the environment, especially the...
13-Jul-2020 3:50 PM EDT

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Evgenya Simakov: Then and Now

Evgenya I. Simakov is a staff scientist in the Accelerator Operations and Technology Division, Accelerators and Electrodynamics Group, at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory.
7-Jun-2020 10:10 PM EDT

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Jean Paul Allain: Then and Now

Jean Paul Allain is a professor and department head of the Ken and Mary Alice Lindquist Department of Nuclear Engineering, the director of the Radiation Surface Science and Engineering Laboratory, professor in Biomedical Engineering by courtesy and...
27-May-2020 2:15 PM EDT

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Esther Takeuchi on Batteries

In the First-Person Science series, scientists describe how they made significant discoveries over years of research. Esther Takeuchi is a professor at Stony Brook University and the director of the Center for Mesoscale Transport Properties, a...
27-May-2020 2:15 PM EDT

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