AMES, Iowa—Researchers at the U. S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and Microsoft Station Q have made significant advancements in understanding a fundamental problem of quantum mechanics— one that is blocking efforts to develop practical quantum computers with processing speeds far superior to conventional computers. Their respective theoretical and experimental studies investigate how microscopic objects lose their quantum-mechanical properties through interactions with the environment. The results of the researchers'
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AMES, Iowa—Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr., senior metallurgist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has been awarded the prestigious Acta Materialia Gold Medal, considered by many scientists and engineers to be the top award worldwide in the field of materials research. Gschneidner received the award during the 2008 annual meeting of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society in New Orleans, La. on March 11, 2008, where Ames Lab senior metallurgist Iver Anderson was honored also with a TMS Distinguished Scientist/Engineer award.
AMES, Iowa - R. Bruce Thompson, director of the Nondestructive Evaluation program at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory, has won the Sustained Excellence Award from the American Society for Nondestructive Testing's Research Council.
AMES, Iowa—Seventeen middle school team representatives from 11 schools around Iowa converged on the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory on Feb. 22 to learn about hydrogen fuel-cell technology and to build hydrogen fuel-cell model cars.
AMES, Iowa—Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have come up with a potentially perfect way to sort and distribute the massive amounts of data that travel daily over optical fibers to people throughout the world. The new technology, a three-dimensional photonic crystal add-drop filter, promises greatly enhanced transmission of multiple wavelength channels (wavelengths of light) traveling along the same optical fiber. The innovative filter is a significant achievement in the effort to develop all-optical transport networks that would eliminate