Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald received the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering that neutrinos have mass. McDonald conducted his research at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO). The Lab’s Nuclear Science and Engineering Divisions played a major role in the design and construction of SNO, and collaborated scientifically. More>
One of the most long-lived and active space-chip testing programs is at the Berkeley Lab. Since 1979, most American satellites and many major NASA projects including the Mars Rover Curiosity, the space shuttles, and the new Orion capsule, have had one or more electronic components go through Berkeley Lab’s cyclotron. More>
The Applied Nuclear Physics program is participating in a research project sponsored by Homeland Security’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office to improve gamma radiation sensing technology. Naturally occurring background radiation will be collected with a DOE National Nuclear Security Administration helicopter. More>
The Kavli Foundation recently spoke with four astrophysicists–including Berkeley Lab’s Daniel Kasen–about the significance of nailing down the causes of Type Ia supernovae for learning more about the dynamics of stars, galaxies and even the universe on its grandest scales.
Evidence of a fourth ultra-high energy neutrino—the highest-energy neutrino yet—has been detected by the South Pole-based IceCube experiment, a project that Berkeley Lab researchers helped build and to which they currently contribute analysis. More>
For her accomplishments and exceptional career in nuclear science, Berkeley Lab’s Darleane Hoffman has been awarded the Los Alamos Medal. Hoffman began her career at Los Alamos in 1953 before moving to Berkeley. The medal honors scientists whose contributions have changed the course of science.
A WWII aircraft carrier used for atomic-bomb target practice is scuttled off the coast of California in the 1950s. Berkeley Lab researchers help scientists determine the radiation risk of exploring the sunken ship. More>
Vetter was recognized for his role in the RadWatch and KelpWatch monitoring programs, which study potential impacts from the nuclear accident at Fukushima, and the creation of the Institute for Resilient Communities. More>
The Alumni Hall of Fame honors ARCS scholars who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of science and to increase our nation’s scientific competitiveness. ARCS provides financial support to undergrad and grad students in science. Jacak was an ARCS scholar from the class of 1975. More>
A Berkeley Lab researcher has done a new analysis of data from the IceCube observatory at the South Pole, showing that the high-energy astrophysical neutrino data collected from 2010 to 2013 is a mixture containing roughly equal components of the three types of neutrinos. More>