Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Fact Sheets

The Lab's mission is to develop and apply science and technology to ensure the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear deterrent; reduce global threats; and solve other emerging national security and energy challenges.

Present Facilities


TA-55 is the nation’s most modern plutonium science and manufacturing facility, and it is the only fully operational, full-capability plutonium facility in the nation. Thus, TA-55 supports a wide range of national security programs that involve stockpile stewardship, plutonium processing, nuclear materials stabilization, materials disposition, nuclear forensics, nuclear counter-terrorism, and nuclear energy.

TA-55 Fact Sheet (pdf)

Chemistry and Metallurgy Research

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) building supports research and experimental activities for plutonium and uranium analytical chemistry and metallurgy.

The CMR houses key capabilities for analytical chemistry, uranium processing, destructive and nondestructive analysis of nuclear materials, and actinide research, processing, and metallography. These capabilities support a number of national security programs, such as nonproliferation and nuclear safeguards, counter-proliferation, stockpile surveillance, nuclear materials technologies, and technology development for waste treatment and minimization.

Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Fact Sheet (pdf)

Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test Facility (DARHT)

The Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test Facility, or DARHT, supports a critical component of LANL’s primary mission: to ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of nuclear weapons in our nation’s stockpile. Los Alamos scientists built DARHT, the world’s most powerful x-ray machine, to analyze mockups of nuclear weapons.

Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test Facility Research Fact Sheet (pdf)

Strategic Computing Complex (SCC)

The Strategic Computing Complex (SCC) at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a secured supercomputing facility that supports the calculation, modeling, simulation, and visualization of complex nuclear weapons data in support of the Stockpile Stewardship program.

To view models and simulations calculated by supercomputers, the SCC Data Visualization Corridor, or Vis Corridor, was developed to enable detailed visual inspection, analysis, verification, and validation of terascale computing simulations. The Vis Corridor features a powerwall theater and a five-sided CAVE Immersive Laboratory, as well as desktop visualization and collaborator capabilities.

Strategic Computing Complex Fact Sheet (pdf)

Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE)

The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) is a premier accelerator-based multidisciplinary research facility that provides the scientific community with intense proton and neutron sources. LANSCE is a world-class Laboratory facility that ensures the viability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. With the capability to perform experiments for both civilian and national security research, LANSCE serves an international community in conducting diverse basic and applied research.

Los Alamos Neutron Science Center Fact Sheet (pdf)

Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT)

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) is jointly operated with Sandia National Laboratories and provides laboratory and office space for researchers to synthesize and characterize nanostructured materials, theoretically model and simulate their performance, and integrate nanoscale materials into larger-scale systems in a flexible, clean-room environment.

Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies Fact Sheet (pdf)

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL)

Supported by the National Science Foundation, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) at Los Alamos is a user facility for pulsed magnetic field and is available to qualified researchers through a proposal review process. In 2012, the NHMFL broke a 100-Tesla magnet record.

National High Magnetic Field Laboratory Pulsed Field Facility Fact Sheet (pdf)

Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building (RLUOB)

The Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building (RLUOB) is part of the capital project to replace the aging Cold War-era Chemistry and Metallurgy Research building

Radiological Laboratory Utility Office Building (pdf)

Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
Proton Radiography at Los Alamos National Laboratory (pRad)

Historical Facilities

Birthplace of the Gadget (V-Site)
Gun Site TA-8, Anchor West Site

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