World’s Finest Gold Specimen Probed With Los Alamos Neutrons

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World’s Finest Gold Specimen Probed With Los Alamos Neutrons

Unraveling a 132-year-old gold wire structure mystery

Los Alamos, New Mexico, Feb 13, 2019 — Using neutron characterization techniques a team of scientists have peered inside one of the most unique examples of wire gold, understanding for the first time the specimen’s structure and possible formation process. The 263 gram, 12 centimeter tall specimen, known as the Ram’s Horn, belongs to the collection of the Mineralogical and Geological Museum Harvard University (MGMH).