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Machine Learning Paves Way for Smarter Particle Accelerators

Scientists have developed a new machine-learning platform that makes the algorithms that control particle beams and lasers smarter than ever before. Their work could help lead to the development of new and improved particle accelerators that will help scientists unlock the secrets of the subatomic world.

Berkeley Lab Researchers Record Successful Startup of LUX-ZEPLIN Dark Matter Detector at Sanford Underground Research Facility

Deep below the Black Hills of South Dakota in the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF), an innovative and uniquely sensitive dark matter detector – the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) experiment, led by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley Lab) – has passed a check-out phase of startup operations and delivered first results.

James Strait Named Project Director of Next Generation Cosmic Microwave Background Project

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has selected James (Jim) Strait, a Fermilab physicist with a long history of managing large international scientific projects, to serve as the Project Director of the next-generation experiment Cosmic Microwave Background Stage 4, also known as CMB-S4.

Physicists Announce First Results from Daya Bay’s Final Dataset

The Daya Bay Neutrino Experiment has produced the most precise measurement yet of theta13, a key parameter for understanding how neutrinos change their “flavor.” The result will help physicists explore some of the biggest mysteries surrounding matter and the nature of the universe.

New Silicon Nanowires Can Really Take the Heat

A Berkeley Lab-led research team has demonstrated an ultrathin silicon nanowire that conducts heat 150% more efficiently than conventional materials used in advanced chip technologies. The device could enable smaller, faster, energy-efficient microelectronics.

2 Berkeley Lab Physicists Elected into the National Academy of Sciences

Joel Moore and Joseph W. Orenstein of the Materials Sciences Division have been elected into the National Academy of Sciences. They join 120 scientists and engineers from the U.S. and 30 from across the world as new lifelong members and foreign associates.

CUORE Team Places New Limits on the Bizarre Behavior of Neutrinos

Researchers at the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events (CUORE) announced this week that they had placed some of the most stringent limits yet on the strange possibility that the neutrino is its own antiparticle. CUORE has spent the last three years patiently waiting to see evidence of a distinctive nuclear decay process, only possible if neutrinos and antineutrinos are the same particle. Their new data shows that this decay doesn’t happen for trillions of trillions of years, if it happens at all.

Scientists Discover ‘Secret Sauce’ Behind Exotic Properties of New Quantum Material

MIT physicists and colleagues, including scientists from Berkeley Lab, have discovered the “secret sauce” behind the exotic properties of a new quantum material known as a kagome metal.

Berkeley Lab Researchers, Computational Facilities Play Key Role in Barrier-Breaking Neutrino Mass Measurement

An international research team that includes Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists has established a new upper limit of 0.8 electron volts (eV) for the mass of the neutrino, a milestone that will bear on future discoveries in nuclear and particle physics, and cosmology.

Reiner Kruecken to Lead Berkeley Lab’s Nuclear Science Division

Reiner Kruecken, a nuclear physicist and Deputy Director for Research at TRIUMF, Canada’s particle accelerator center, has been selected to serve as the next Division Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) Nuclear Science Division. His appointment will be effective in May. The announcement follows an international search.