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.

April 12, 2024

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Superconducting Electronics Show Promise for Future Collider Experiments

Scientists test a novel design for superconducting switches in magnetic fields.

April 10, 2024

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During Droughts, Soil Microbes Produce Volatile Carbon Metabolites

In a warmer world, microbes in drought-stricken soils convert less carbon to carbon dioxide and more to volatile intermediates.

April 8, 2024

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Computing How Quantum States Overlap

The floating block method provides the tools to compute how quantum states overlap and how to build fast and accurate emulators of those systems.

April 5, 2024

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New Calculations Solve an Alpha Particle Physics Puzzle

A new experimental measure of Helium-4’s transition from its ground energy state to an excited state closes an apparent gap with theoretical predictions.

April 3, 2024

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“Tug of War” Tactic Enhances Chemical Separations for Critical Materials

Opposing teams of water-loving and oil-loving molecules separate metals called lanthanides that are important in developing clean energy technologies.

April 1, 2024

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Understanding Charged-Particle Bound States in Periodic Boxes

Finite geometry reveals fundamental properties of charged quantum systems.

March 29, 2024

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Creating Quiet Cables for Rare Physics Events

Researchers design ultra-low radiation cables to reduce background noise for highly sensitive nuclear decay and dark matter detectors.

March 27, 2024

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Scientists Confirm that Methane-Processing Microbes Produce a Fossil Record

Microorganisms and their metabolisms help silica to mineralize near deep ocean methane seeps.

March 25, 2024

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Not-Quite “Magic” Oxygen-28 Observed for the First Time

An almost-bound isotope of oxygen undergoes four-neutron decay that challenges theory.

March 22, 2024

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Entanglement Entropies of Nuclear Systems Grow as the Volume of those Systems

Quantum entanglement changes in atomic nuclei in ways that differ from other systems.