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.

September 14, 2021

Keeping Waste Where It Belongs: Grain Size Explains How Spent Nuclear Fuel Enters the Environment

Microscopic features of neptunium dioxide control how contaminants dissolve in underground disposal of spent nuclear fuel.

September 10, 2021

Imposing Chaos on Magnetic Fields Suppresses Runaway Electrons in a Fusion Plasma

Measurements and modeling demonstrate that perturbations to the magnetic field in a tokamak fusion plasma can suppress high-energy runaway electrons.

September 7, 2021

Scientists See Evidence of First-Order Phase Change in Nuclear Matter

Measurements of particle “flow” and hot matter created in low-energy collisions provide key data in understanding nuclear phase transition.

September 2, 2021

The Magic Is Gone for Neutron Number 32

Measurements of nuclear charge radii and state-of-the-art nuclear models challenge the magic of neutron number 32 in potassium isotopes.