X-ray beamline at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) Advanced Light Source. (Image: LBNL.)


December 7th, 2016

With a boost from the Titan supercomputer, a Berkeley Lab group works the angles on X-rays to analyze thin films of interest for the next generation of nanodevices.



Forecasting failure

October 5th, 2016

Sandia National Laboratories aims to predict physics on a micrometer scale.


An experimental and theoretical exploration of the quantum chromodynamics (QCD) phase diagram. The matter produced in collisions at the highest energies and the smallest baryon chemical potentials can change from quark-gluon plasma (QGP) to a hadron gas through a smooth crossover. But lower energy collisions can access higher baryon chemical potentials where a first-order phase transition line is thought to exist. The reach of the future DOE Basic Energy Sciences program at RHIC is shown, as are the trajectories on the phase diagram followed by the cooling droplets of QGP produced in collisions with varying energy. The present reach of lattice QCD calculations is illustrated by the yellow band. (Illustration: Swagato Mukherjee, Brookhaven National Laboratory.)

Early-universe soup

June 22nd, 2016

ORNL’s Titan supercomputer is helping Brookhaven physicists understand the matter that formed microseconds after the Big Bang.