Inquiry 2014, Issue 2
Laser-focused Science for the Future
It seems like everywhere you turn at the Ames Laboratory, there’s something new. We’re in the process of constructing our first new research facility in more than 50 years to house electron microscopes and other sensitive instruments. The $10 million Sensitive Instrument Facility, scheduled to open by the summer of 2015, will provide a real boost in our ability to probe materials at the atomic level, free from outside influences such as vibration and electro-magnetic interference. You can take a peek at the building as it takes shape on pages 6 and 7.
This past summer, we installed state-of-the art solid-state dynamic nuclear polarization nuclear magnetic resonance equipment, or DNP-NMR. The technology uses microwaves to polarize electrons, then transfers that polarization to the nuclei of the sample being studied. The result is a huge leap in the sensitivity of the spectral signal acquired.
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There are other projects as well. The commitment to excellence at Ames Labortory is very strong and the examples we're highlighting in this issue are proof positive that we'e moving forward on multiple fronts to create materials and energy solutions.