SNL's Cliff Ho Sandian Cliff Ho applies engineering to many diverse challenges

Cliff Ho has made a career out of tackling great challenges at Sandia National Laboratories. A distinguished member of technical staff, Ho has worked on problems in water treatment and distribution, detection of trace explosives, nuclear waste management, microchemical sensor systems for environmental monitoring, and, currently, concentrating solar power and renewable energy technologies. It’s a résumé impressive enough to garner international attention, and Ho has done it all in just 17 years.

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BNL's Nick Simos Testing targets for producing steady neutrino beams

While neutrinos are among the most abundant particles in the universe, they rarely interact with other matter. They are often described as “ghost” particles and, in many ways, they are just as mysterious.

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DOE Pulse
  • Number 313  |
  • June 7, 2010
  • Research effort focuses on water

    Ames Lab researchers Theresa Windus, Monica Lamm and Mark Gordon Water may be one of the most precious substances on Earth, but scientists know less than you might think about how it behaves at the molecular level. For example, how do billions of tiny aerosol particles interact when they form clouds? What molecular changes occur within large quantities of water, and how might certain polymers clean up water when it’s contaminated?

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  • Gravity-like theories give insight into the strong force

    A new computation of the constant that describes the strength of the force between the quarks in a proton may help theorists tackle one of the most challenging problems of physics: analytically solving the theory of QCD and determining its coupling strength at large distances.

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  • New INL technology should help marksmen line up their shots

    The MicroSight's wafer-thin optical element is only about a quarter-inch in diameter. Aiming a weapon is harder than it looks. Shooters need clear, sharp views of a distant object (the target) and a near one (the gun's iron sight) at the same time — a trick the eye can't pull off by itself. Telescopic and holographic sights can overcome this problem, but they tend to be bulky, expensive and fragile.

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  • Precision Models Aid Cleanup

    8-foot long, 4-foot wide model of the entire underground portion of the R Reactor complex. In a project that’s part engineering, part history detective, and part high-tech
    craft project, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River National
    Laboratory (SRNL)
    is creating computer-produced scale replicas of the Savannah River Site’s reactor buildings to support the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project here. Use of these models as SRS plans final disposition of the reactor facilities is saving time and money.

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