The National Nuclear Security Administration, Energy Department, Argonne National Laboratory and Washington State University will launch a research facility that will help NNSA secure the U.S. nuclear stockpile.
WSU said Thursday the Dynamic Compression Sector installation is located at Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source facility — a Chicago-based DOE facility.
DCS is designed to help researchers observe the behavior of materials amid extreme conditions through tunable, high-energy X-ray pulses, WSU added.
The university said researchers at DCS will work to address local energy and national security challenges, study the structure of planetary interiors and create lightweight materials for industrial, aerospace and automotive applications.
DCS’ experimental resources will also support the Defense Department‘s national security research, WSU added.
NNSA funds the facility while WSU and APS have partnered to manage DCS.