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Berkeley Lab Researchers Create a Nonlinear Light-generating Zero-Index MetaMaterial

Berkeley Lab researchers have used a unique optical metamaterial with zero-index refraction to generate phase mismatch–free nonlinear light, an important step towards efficient light generation for future quantum networks and light sources.

Diamond Imperfections Pave the Way to Technology Gold

Using ultrafast 2D electronic spectroscopy, Berkeley Lab researchers have recorded unprecedented observations of energy moving through the atom-sized diamond impurities known as nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers. Their results provide information on NV centers that is important for such highly promising advanced technologies as supersensitive detections of magnetic fields and quantum computing.

On the Road to Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing:

An international collaboration at Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source has induced high temperature superconductivity in a toplogical insulator, an important step on the road to fault-tolerant quantum computing.

Berkeley Lab Wins Eight 2013 R&D 100 Awards

A generator that uses a virus to convert mechanical energy to electricity and a new material that will boost power storage in rechargeable batteries by 30 percent are among eight inventions by Berkeley Lab scientists that were honored with a 2013 R&D 100 Award, often dubbed the “Oscars of Innovation.”

Berkeley Lab Study Finds Moving Select Computer Services to the Cloud Promises Significant Energy Savings

A six-month study led by Berkeley Laboratory, with funding from Google, has found that moving common software applications used by 86 million U.S. workers to the cloud could save enough electricity annually to power Los Angeles for a year.

Berkeley Lab Researchers Increase NMR/MRI Sensitivity through Hyperpolarization of Nuclei in Diamond

Berkeley Lab researchers have demonstrated the first magnetically-controlled nearly complete hyperpolarization of the spins of carbon-13 nuclei located near synthetic defects in diamond crystals. This spin hyperpolarization, which can be carried out with refrigerator-style magnets at room temperature, enhances NMR/MRI sensitivity by many orders of magnitude.

Berkeley Lab Announces Director’s Awards: Physicist, Big Data Expert Recognized for Lifetime Achievement

The recipients of the Berkeley Lab Director’s Lifetime and Exceptional Achievement Awards have been announced. David Nygren (Physics) and Arie Shoshani (Computational Research) are the recipients of the Berkeley Lab Prize Lifetime Achievement Award. Lifetime Achievement Award winners David Nygren (left) and Arie Shoshani. Nygren was honored for his distinguished development of instrumentation in particle

Models from Big Molecules Captured in a Flash

The structures of most of the two million proteins in the human body are still unknown, even at low resolution. A new algorithm developed by Berkeley Lab scientists solves the convoluted shapes of large molecules by using images of numerous individual samples, all caught simultaneously in a split-second flash of x-rays from a free-electron laser. The technique promises efficient information about the shapes of many more large biological molecules in their native, fluid state.

Mathematics of Popping Bubbles in a Foam

Bubble baths and soapy dishwater, the refreshing head on a beer and the luscious froth on a cappuccino. All are foams, beautiful yet ephemeral as the bubbles pop one by one. Now, two researchers from Berkeley Lab and the University of California, Berkeley have described mathematically the successive stages in the complex evolution and disappearance of foamy bubbles, a feat that could help in modeling industrial processes in which liquids mix or in the formation of solid foams such as those used to cushion bicycle helmets.

Two Berkeley Lab Researchers Elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences announced the election of two Berkeley Lab researchers to this year’s class of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates from 14 countries. They were elected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Representing Berkeley Lab this year are James Berger from the Physical Biosciences Division and James Sethian from the Computational Research Division.