A team of experimentalists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and theoreticians at University of Alabama Birmingham discovered a remarkably long-lived new state of matter in an iron pnictide superconductor, which reveals a laser-induced formation of collective behaviors that compete with superconductivity. READ MORE

Researchers at Ames Laboratory are teaming up with researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, UC Santa Barbara, University of South Carolina, Cornell University, and Northwestern University in an effort funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to upcycle single-use plastics into more valuable chemicals that make recovery worthwhile. READ MORE

Ames Laboratory has developed a method to measure magnetic properties of superconducting and magnetic materials that exhibit unusual quantum behavior at very low temperatures in high magnetic fields, by placing a tunnel diode resonator, an instrument that makes precise radio-frequency measurements of magnetic properties, in a dilution refrigerator, a cryogenic device that is able to cool samples down to milli-Kelvin temperature range. READ MORE

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, left, views powdered metal during a tour of Ames Laboratory's Advanced Powder Synthesis facility with Ames Lab scientist Emma White.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry visited Ames Laboratory on Oct. 16, including a stop at the Sensitive Instrument Facility. Here Ames Laboratory scientist Lin Zhou explains characterization techniques using the aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscope to Secretary Perry.

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