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.

June 5, 2023

A Low-Energy ‘Off Switch’ for Quark-Gluon Plasma

Data on protons emitted from wide range of gold-gold collision energies shows absence of a quark-gluon plasma (QGP) at the lowest energy.

June 1, 2023

Resolving a Mathematical Puzzle in Quarks and Gluons in Nuclear Matter

Researchers have resolved a longstanding puzzle in theoretical calculations for heavy ion and electron-ion collision experiments.

May 30, 2023

Tunable Bonds: A Step Towards Targeted At-211 Cancer Therapy

Scientists can tune the strength of astatine-211 bonds with chemicals called ketones, laying the groundwork for a new class of radiopharmaceuticals.

May 26, 2023

Precision Nuclear Physics in Indium-115 Beta Decay Spectrum using Cryogenic Detectors

Scientists test nuclear theory models in mid-sized nuclei using high resolution Indium-115 decay data.

May 25, 2023

New Strategy Can Harvest Chemical Information on Rare Isotopes with a Fraction of the Material

A newly proposed approach aids chemical studies of rare, toxic, radioactive, and precious isotopes by requiring 1,000 times less material.

May 22, 2023

A Simple Solution for Nuclear Matter in Two Dimensions

Modeling nuclear matter in two dimensions greatly simplifies understanding interactions among “cold,” dense quarks—including in neutron stars.

May 19, 2023

New Insights on the Interplay of Electromagnetism and the Weak Nuclear Force

Theorists find new electromagnetic effects that shift the spin-dependent coupling of the nucleon to the weak force and point out the implications for new physics in beta decay.

May 17, 2023

Machine Learning-Based Protein Annotation Tool Predicts Protein Function

Snekmer allows scientists to use rapid prototyping to better understand the function of proteins in microbes.

May 15, 2023

A Holographic View into Quantum Anomalies

New calculations provide insights into the dynamics of the chiral magnetic effect in heavy ion collisions.

May 12, 2023

Small Fusion Experiment Hits Temperatures Hotter than the Sun’s Core

National laboratory researchers partner with a private company to achieve 100-million-degree temperatures inside a high magnetic field spherical tokamak.