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Welcome to the Ames Laboratory! This video, featuring Ames Laboratory Director Adam Schwartz, gives an introductory glimpse at the world-class materials research taking place at the Ames Laboratory.
A newly-developed hybrid computational method has computed, for the first time, plutonium’s exotic crystal structure transformations and additionally calculated the volume-collapse transition of praseodymium. As plutonium is heated it undergoes six complex crystalline phase transitions—the most of any element at ambient pressure. Explaining these six different phases has been a long-standing challenge of solid-state physics. These calculations are the first theoretical description of all of the crystal phases of plutonium that agree with the experimental data.
|Twenty-five years ago this month, the first issue of Insider rolled off the press. The cover, shown here, featured the Boone and Scenic Valley's Chinese-built steam locomotive. Why? Because an Ames Lab graduate assistant, Ping Liu, coordinated a group of mainland Chinese students who served as interpreters with the Chinese engineers installing the steam engine. You can read the full issue inside.|
|TIAA-CREF has lots of options for retirement investments but the oldest, the TIAA Traditional Account, is still a good one. Retirement information consultant Ann Doty explains how it works and what you need to know.|