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The What's New page contains information about recent developments on Department of Energy (DOE) Research and Development (R&D) Accomplishments, including additions of Database reports, Snapshots, Featured Topics, and other related topics of interest. It is divided into general categories: Recently Added Features , Recently Added Database Reports, and Recently Added Laureates.

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Recently Added Features

Sir John A. Pople was a mathematician who became a chemist and won a Nobel Prize in 1998 for a computer tool that describes the dance of molecules in chemical reactions.  He was among the first to realize the potential of computers in chemistry. His work culminated in a program, Gaussian-70, published in 1970. That program and succeeding versions have become a common tool for chemists. [added 3/2016]

Bertram Brockhouse developed a new way to "see" atoms by using neutrons – the triple-axis spectrometer. A spectrometer is a device that measures the angle, wavelength, and energy of light or other type of radiation, in this case neutron radiation caused by bombarding a sample with the particles. Today, triple axis neutron spectrometers are used by thousands of physicists in labs worldwide to study the structure of condensed matter.  Brockhouse was a visiting scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in 1953 and 1970. [added 01/2016]

Arthur B. McDonald has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics "for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass".  His experiments showed that neutrinos from the Sun were not disappearing on their way to Earth, but rather changing their flavor before arriving at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) in Ontario, Canada. The U.S. Department of Energy, though its Office of Science, has provided support for the SNO (including facilities and some research). This support was instrumental in developing and sustaining the facilities that helped enable the discovery of neutrino oscillation.  Solar neutrinos, ghostlike particles produced in the nuclear reactions that power the Sun, were first detected by Raymond Davis in the late 1960s. [added 10/2015]


Recently Added Database Reports


Recently Added Laureates

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