Energy and Subsurface
Energy: Los Alamos is using its world-class scientific capabilities to enhance national energy security by developing energy sources with limited environmental impact and by improving the efficiency and reliability of the energy infrastructure.
Subsurface: Sustainable energy, climate impacts, nuclear threat detection, and environmental management are primary focus areas of earth and environmental science and research. This work is done through Los Alamos' Earth and Environmental Sciences Division.
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Fundamental Science Applications
The DOE Basic Energy Science (BES) program supports research to understand, predict and ultimately control matter and energy at the electronic, atomic, and molecular levels. This research fosters the fundamental scientific discoveries needed to meet energy, environmental, and national security challenges. Los Alamos also internally invests in early stage, high-risk, high-payoff research through its Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program.
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Information Sciences and Technology
The IS&T leverages advances in theory, algorithms, and the exponential growth of high-performance computing to accelerate the integrative and predictive capability of the scientific method.
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Material Science and Nuclear Science
Material Science: At Los Alamos, we pursue the discovery science and engineering required to establish design principles, synthesis pathways, and manufacturing processes to control functionality in materials relevant to ensuring the U.S. nuclear deterrent, reducing global threats, and solving energy security challenges.
Nuclear Science: The Nuclear and Particle sciences strategy focuses on the research required to maintain Los Alamos as the premier laboratory in United States for “all things nuclear.”
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National Security and Cyber Security
National security and weapons science at the laboratory spans essentially all the physical, life, and engineering sciences. The research performed by laboratory scientists and engineers provides the base from which new, innovative solutions are developed for the nation’s nuclear security problems.
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Oil and Gas
Los Alamos' efforts in fossil energy R&D focus on the use of conventional and unconventional fossil fuels, including associated environmental challenges.
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Software and High Performance Computing
Software: Computational physics, computer science, applied mathematics, statistics and the integration of large data streams are central to scientific discovery and innovation.
High Performance Computing (HPC): Providing world-class high performance computing capability that enables unsurpassed solutions to complex problems of strategic national interest.
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Space and Sensors
Space: Create, deliver, support, and exploit innovative sensing systems for space-based, airborne and ground-based applications to address critical national security and scientific challenges.
Sensors: Sensors and instrumentation systems are important to all three of the primary Laboratory missions: reducing global threats, solving energy security challenges, and ensuring the nuclear deterrent.
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