Cosmic rays may soon stymie quantum computing

Building quantum computers underground or designing radiation-proof qubits may be needed, researchers find.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 26, 2020 ~9 min

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For student researchers, no pause for the pandemic

Undergraduates Aljazzy Alahmadi, Andrea Garcia, and Quynh Nguyen are sustaining the nuclear science and engineering research mission from around the world.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Aug. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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A fix for foulants

Researchers devise a practical solution for preventing corrosive CRUD buildup in nuclear systems.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Aug. 13, 2020 ~8 min

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Novel gas-capture approach advances nuclear fuel management

Multidisciplinary team uses metal organic frameworks to extract radioactive krypton from fuel-reprocessing gasses.

Peter Dunn | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
July 24, 2020 ~7 min

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To engineers’ surprise, radiation can slow corrosion of some materials

In certain alloys, exposure to proton irradiation can extend the material’s lifetime, study finds.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

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A layered approach to safety

Using 3D fabrication, researchers develop novel nuclear materials that optimize both accident tolerance and performance.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
June 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Making nuclear energy cost-competitive

Three MIT teams to explore novel ways to reduce operations and maintenance costs of advanced nuclear reactors.

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

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A scientist turns to entrepreneurship

After delivering novel computational methods for nuclear problems, nuclear science and engineering PhD candidate Pablo Ducru plunges into startup life.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

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Zeroing in on decarbonization

Wielding complex algorithms, nuclear science and engineering doctoral candidate Nestor Sepulveda spins out scenarios for combating climate change.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
Jan. 15, 2020 ~8 min

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3Q: Yet-Ming Chiang on reopening the case of cold fusion

The materials science and engineering professor is part of a multi-institution effort to investigate the possibility of cold fusion in a scientifically rigorous way.

Rachel Kemper | Department of Materials Science and Engineering • mit
May 27, 2019 ~7 min

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