Each year, scientists with the Office of Science, at our national laboratories, and supported by the Office of Science at the nation’s colleges and universities, publish thousands of research findings in the scientific literature. About 200 of these are selected annually by their respective program areas in the Office of Science as publication highlights of special note.

For the archive of past publication highlights, click here.

January 18, 2022

For the First Time, Scientists Rigorously Calculate Three-Particle Scattering from Theory

Nuclear theorists demonstrate a new method for computing the strengths of subatomic interactions that include up to three particles.

January 13, 2022

New Qubits Bring Us One Step Closer to Quantum Networks

Chromium defects in silicon carbide may provide a new platform for quantum information

January 11, 2022

Avoiding Chains of Magnetic Islands May Lead to Fusion Paradise

First observation of embedded magnetic islands paves way for improved fusion reactor designs.

January 7, 2022

Time, More than Genes, Shapes the Poplar Tree Microbiome

Ecological assembly and source tracking models characterize the initial assembly of the poplar microbiome across plant-associated habitats.

January 6, 2022

Near-Surface Gas-Phase Imaging Techniques Give a More Complete Picture of Heterogeneous Catalysis

Researchers improve their scientific understanding of heterogeneous catalysis by imaging the gas just above the surface of the catalyst.

December 22, 2021

Scientists Identify Genes Key to Microbial Colonization of Plant Roots

Identification of an enzyme that microbes deploy in the presence of plants leads to discovery of candidate genes involved in root colonization.

December 20, 2021

Illuminating Magnetic Turbulence in Fusion Plasmas

Electromagnetic waves are used to internally identify turbulent magnetic fluctuations in 100-million-degree fusion plasmas.

December 17, 2021

The Quantum Rodeo

The new “rodeo algorithm” approach for preparing energy states of complex systems on a quantum computer is exponentially faster than other algorithms.

December 15, 2021

Using Math to Significantly Improve Modeling of Surface and Subsurface Water Flow in Complex Landscapes

A novel mathematical formulation accurately solves water flow in geometrically complicated soil structures, including overturned soil layers and other disturbances.

December 13, 2021

New Approach to Radioisotope Power Sources for Improved Efficiency and Long Life

NextGen power sources may satisfy the need for long-term, compact power for use in remote or extreme environments.