ORNL’s user facilities offer a diverse set of tools for experiments across a range of fields, including biology, materials and energy sciences, physics, engineering, and chemistry. Learn more about ORNL’s user facilities. Data reflects fiscal year 2020 except for scientific publications, which covers 2016–2020. Partner stories reflect work conducted from 2016 to present.
The National Nuclear Security Administration is an agency within the DOE complex that advances national security through military use of nuclear science. The NNSA’s Los Alamos National Laboratory possesses unique capabilities in neutron scattering, radiography, and plutonium science and engineering. LANL is also a design laboratory responsible for the safety and reliability of nuclear explosives. ORNL and LANL have a long history of collaboration, more recently in quantum technologies that will help increase grid security.
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Sandia National Laboratories is responsible for developing, testing, and producing specialized nonnuclear components and quality assurance and systems engineering for US nuclear technologies. ORNL and Sandia also have an extensive history of collaboration, more recently in a federal grant to design a more efficient form of artificial intelligence that fits on a microchip and can run on everything from a supercomputer to a household laptop.
ORNL, LANL, and Sandia were among the first national laboratories to form an alliance to advance exacale computing, computing systems that are 50 times faster than today’s most powerful supercomputers. Today, the Exascale Computing Project involves over 1,000 researchers from 15 labs, 70 universities, and 32 vendors to tackle application development as well as software libraries and software technologies.
New Mexico State University collaborates on stream tracer studies that track the movement of mercury on the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee. This research is part of an ongoing focus on advancing understanding of how mercury transforms in the environment into a form of toxic mercury, methylmercury, which builds up in the food chain, including in the fish people consume. By understanding the factors that produce methylmercury, scientists take a step forward in understanding how mercury cycles through the environment and in finding ways to prevent or reduce the production of methylmercury.
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