March 02, 2020: Physics faculty and students participate in the 2020 Stewardship Science Academic Programs Symposium

Freimann Professor Ani AprahamianResearch Assistant Professor Khachatur Manukyan, and graduate students Stefania Dede, Ashabari Majumdar, Jordan Roach, and Jacob Galden participated in U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) 2020 Stewardship Science Academic Programs (SSAP) Symposium held February 26-27, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Aprahamian presented the progress of last year’s research activities of the “A Novel Technique for the Production of Robust Actinide Targets” grant funded by NNSA. Students presented their research results as poster presentations. This project brings together expertise from material science, radiochemistry, and nuclear science. The aim of the project is to develop new ways to prepare thin actinide targets for research in nuclear science and stockpile stewardship. This grant provides exciting opportunities for carrying out cutting-edge research while educating the next generation of STEM scientists capable of exploiting the developed techniques. This project expands the scope with novel techniques and the training of new personnel that can satisfy national needs at both Los Alamos and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The project is also featured in the 2020 Stewardship Science Academic Programs Annual Report Journal (DOE/NE-0109).

September 20, 2019: XV International Symposium on Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis, Moscow, Russia

August 28, 2019: Nuclear Science Laboratory researchers publish an article on the surface manipulation techniques of Roman denarii

A team of researchers and undergraduate students at Nuclear Science Laboratory, Department of Physics at Notre Dame, published an article in the Applied Surface Science journal on the characterization of a set of Roman denarii, ranging from 136 BCE to 240 CE. The work presents the results of macro, micro, and nanoscale surface characterization of coins using several different X-ray based spectroscopic and electron microscopy methods. This enabled the surface, the subsurface, and volume composition of these coins to be probed to better understand their production techniques, surface treatment methods, and corrosion patterns. The results also provide evidence that a particular surface treatment method, amalgam silvering, had been used to make authentic Roman coins as early as the third century CE.

Khachatur Manukyan, Cecilia Fasano, Ashabari Majumdar, Graham F. Peaslee, Mark Raddell, Edward Stech, Michael Wiescher, Applied Surface Science 493, 2019, 818-828,

June 20, 2019: Invited talk at the International Conference on Nuclear and Radiation Physics and Materials (NRPM 2019) June 17-20, 2019 A. Alikhanyan National Science Laboratory and Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia


June 17, 2019: Our chapter  One- and Two-Dimensional Nanostructures Prepared by Combustion Synthesis in the “Nanomaterials Synthesis Design, Fabrication and Applications” Book has been published.


April 18, 2019: Laura Richter was awarded the 2019 Radwan and Allan Riley Prize in Art History for her research paper within Medieval Art History.  Additionally, she has received a summer research grant through Notre Dame’s Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) to carry out a photogrammetry project at Mesa Verde National Park this August.  She will be working to create 3-dimensional digital models of the celebrated Puebloan cliff dwellings across the site.


April 12, 2019: Inorganic Chemistry accepted our new article Nanoscale Metastable ε-Fe3N Ferromagnetic Materials by Self-Sustained Reactions



Khachatur Manukyan, research assistant professor in the Department of Physics, is recipient of ERR 2019 grant to upgrade two X-ray powder diffractometers


February 20, 2019: Talk at 2019 Stewardship Science Academic Programs (SSAP) annual meeting of the National Nuclear Security Administration.