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Transformation of graphite into hexagonal diamond documented by WSU researchers

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts and Sciences

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PULLMAN, Wash. – A new study by Washington State University researchers answers longstanding questions about the formation of a rare type of diamond during major meteorite strikes. » More …

New capability supports U.S. energy, security needs

Dynamic Compression Sector at Argonne National Laboratory, Advanced Photon Source.
Dignitaries formally dedicate the Dynamic Compression Sector at Argonne National Laboratory, Advanced Photon Source.

PULLMAN, Wash. – A first-of-its-kind-worldwide research capability will help unravel the mysteries of material behavior at extreme conditions and short time scales in support of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s vital national security missions. » More …

Researchers ‘watch’ crystal structure change in real time

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have met the long-standing scientific challenge of watching a material change its crystal structure in real time. » More …

Sandia physicist accepts first joint appointment with WSU

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Marcus-Knudson-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Sandia National Laboratories physicist Marcus Knudson is the first joint faculty appointee to serve both Sandia and Washington State University. Using Sandia’s unique Z machine, he will enhance fundamental research into the compression of materials under extreme conditions. » More …

April 17: U.S. nuclear deterrence policy, scientific needs

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

Donald Cook-mugPULLMAN, Wash. – A national defense official will speak about the policies and cutting edge science that drive the U.S. nuclear deterrence program at 2 p.m. Friday, April 17, in Smith CUE 518 at Washington State University. A 1:30 p.m. reception will precede the free, public Creighton Distinguished Lecture. » More …

Laboratory receives sensor research grant

SPOKANE – Recently announced federal funding will support Washington State University research aimed at developing specialized sensors with national security applications. The Institute for Shock Physics Applied Science Laboratory, located at WSU Spokane, has received two competitive grants from federal agencies totaling $630,000 for the work.

According to Hergen Eilers, the principal investigator for both grants, the Army Research Office has granted the Applied Sciences Laboratory $330,000 for three years to investigate new materials for optical sensor applications. Optical sensors are needed to detect and identify objects of interest such as missiles. Ideally, a single sensor material could detect visible and infrared wavelength and … » More …