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Winter 2022 (pdf)

  • Takeyasu Ito elected APS Fellow
  • From Frank's desk
  • Using a rare gamma ray decay to measure magnitude of nuclear fusion implosions
  • Chi-Nu uses 'quasi-differential' technique to measure neutron transport in U-235 and Pu-239
  • LDRD new starts represent tech excitement and mission opportunity
  • HeadsUP!
  • Inclusivity tip
  • Celebrating service
2021

Summer 2021 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Chris Frankle: Called to construct solutions for high-consequence challenges
  • From Tanja's desk
  • Physics Division Staff in the news
  • LANSCE neutron beam transport optimized via advanced collimation design techniques
  • Novel application of ‘computer vision’ techniques tracks 2D contours of plasma flow features in radiographic images
  • Using pRad to visualize electromagnetic fields
  • Coherent Captain Mills one step closer in search for the dark sector
  • HeadsUP!
  • Celebrating service

Winter 2021 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Sowjanya Gollapinni: Putting down new markers for Los Alamos neutrino research
  • From Eric's desk
  • Direct measurements of nuclear reactions on radionuclides
  • Novel thermal neutron detector safeguards aircraft, HPC semiconductor electronics
  • Physics Division news roundup
  • HeadsUP!
  • Celebrating service
2020

Fall 2020 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Patrick Younk: Fusing concepts, technology to predict performance of nuclear explosive devices
  • From Tanja’s desk
  • LANL inertial confinement fusion program aims to develop burning plasma for weapons science
  • Lab's high energy nuclear physics explored at international conference
  • Novel study reveals new details on the impact of thermal interfaces in dynamic compression experiments
  • HeadsUp!
  • Celebrating service

Spring 2020 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Novel diagnostic reconstructs fuel density distribution during fusion implosions
  • From Tanja’s desk
  • Physics Division news roundup
  • Welcome new hires
  • Snapshots of Physics managers' work-from-home offices
  • HeadsUp!
  • Celebrating service

Winter 2020 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Anna Llobet: Empowering young women to pursue STEM careers
  • From Tanja’s desk
  • Hsu, Prestridge, Van de Water named APS Fellows
  • Physics Division staff recognized for notable contributions to Lab's mission
  • Aberle contributes to innovative technology
  • HeadsUp!
  • Celebrating service
2019

September 2019 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Shea Mosby receives Presidential Early Career Award
  • From David’s desk
  • Physics Division staff in the news
  • New boson may mediate exotic particle coupling
  • 'Deconstructed' capsules reveal new details essential for achieving inertial confinement fusion
  • Proton Radiography Facility improvements boost safety, maximize experiment time
  • HeadsUp!
  • Celebrating service

June 2019 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Malcolm Boshier and Dana Berkeland receive U.S. Intelligence Community 'Best Paper Award'
  • From David’s desk
  • New cross-section measurement aids understanding of cosmic nuclei synthesis
  • New Los Alamos instrument measures tomographic images of burning plasma
  • Los Alamos joins CERN's LHCb team as full member
  • Mandie Gehring recognized with distinguished young alumni award
  • HeadsUP!
  • Celebrating service

March 2019 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Eric Pitcher: Engineering a strong, vibrant future for Physics Division
  • From David’s desk
  • Young Jin Kim to receive 2019 young researcher award
  • MiniBooNE delivers evidence supporting "sterile" neutrinos
  • Chi-Nu measurements obtain prompt fission neutron spectra for uranium-235 and plutonium-239
  • First comprehensive experimental study of ion heating in collisional plasma shocks and plasma flows
  • All mixed up: a review of Los Alamos's capabilities to study variable-density mixing flows
  • HeadsUP!
  • Celebrating service
2018

December 2018 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Mandi Gehring: Dispatching diagnostics and data for national security needs
  • From David’s desk
  • Physics Division staff in the news
  • Muon technology receives 2018 R&D 100 Award
  • Workshop explores Proton Radiography Facility's potential in advancing materials studies
  • New approach sets first-ever experimental limit essential for developing new directions in axion searches
  • Newly developed MVTX telescope collects first data for planned DOE flagship physics experiment
  • Celebrating service
  • HeadsUP!

July 2018 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Exploring beyond the Standard Model
  • From David’s desk
  • Journal of Imaging features LANSCE neutron imaging on cover
  • Oblique shocks to a vortex provide insight into fluid instabilities
  • Researchers demonstrate diagnostic potential of transmission high energy electron microscopy
  • HeadsUP!
  • Celebrating service

April 2018 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Career destination: Los Alamos
  • From David's desk
  • Physics Division staff in the news
  • Ultracold Neutron Facility performance upgrade could help spell out signature for the nEDM
  • New sparse imaging method demonstrates possibilities for advanced high-speed x-ray camera designs
  • Platform proposed for new laboratory astrophysics and ICF experiments
  • A simple correlation for neutron capture rates from nuclear masses
  • HeadsUP!
  • Celebrating service
2017

December 2017 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • In memoriam: P.J. Medina, Jr.
  • From David's desk
  • In memoriam: Geoff Mills
  • Physics staff in the news
  • Muon detector developed for subsurface borehole imaging
  • Multi-laboratory assessment verifies reaction history accuracy from past nuclear events
  • Neutrino research beaming forward with DUNE
  • Neutron capture measurements using DANCE improve cross section calculation
  • Celebrating service
  • Los Alamos recognized as top diversity employer
  • Heads UP!

July 2017 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • In memoriam: David Holtkamp
  • From David's desk
  • Searching for dark photons with the SeaQuest spectrometer
  • Alex Zylstra wins Postdoctoral Distinguished Performance Award
  • First test of an aerogel Cherenkov detector for characterizing the Cygnus x-ray source 
  • Innovative microfluidic platforms advance a flood of Lab’s research
  • Accurate prompt fission neutron spectrum measurements at LANSCE
  • Got news?
  • Heads UP!
  • Celebrating service
2016

December 2016 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Paul Koehler: Applying nuclear physics expertise to a range of scientific challenges
  • From David's desk
  • Novel liquid helium technique to aid highly sensitive search for a neutron electrical dipole moment
  • Silverleaf: Prototype Red Sage experiments performed at Q-site
  • John L. Kline named 2016 APS Fellow
  • Physics students in the news
  • First Entropy Engine quantum random number generator hits the market
  • Heads UP!
  • Celebrating service

August 2016 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Recognizing a scientific workhorse
  • From David's desk
  • Accomplishments in the Trident Laser Facility
  • David Meyerhofer elected as chair-elect APS Nominating Committee
  • Celebrating service
  • Heads Up!
  • Walk with a manager
  • HAWC searches for gamma rays from dark matter
  • Proton Radiography Facility commissions electromagnetic magnifier
  • Cosmic ray muon computed tomography of spent nuclear fuel in dry storage casks

May 2016 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Los Alamos-developed technology is a hit at international cybersecurity conference
  • From David's desk
  • Los Alamos and Sandia collaborate on controlled measurements of plutonium at first-ever explored pressure, temperature, and density regimes
  • Subatomic physics researchers successfully polarize protons to be used in studying sea quark dynamics
  • SPIDER scales up to measure plutonium fission product yields
  • Experimental results from a laser-driven neutron source for MaRIE, research, and global security
  • Heads Up!
  • Celebrating service

March 2016 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Elena Guardincerri: Tracking muons to reduce nuclear threats and help preserve architectural treasures
  • From David's desk
  • Enhanced imaging for dynamic physics research at the Proton Radiography facility
  • Experimental platform to study heterogeneous mix in ICF implosions
  • Los Alamos collaborates at the world's largest and newest stellarator experiment
  • Los Alamos quantum cryptography featured in Scientific American
  • Turbulent Mixing Tunnel jet experiments provide new insights into buoyancy effects in mixing
  • Wurden named associate editor for Journal of Fusion Energy
  • Heads Up!
  • Celebrating service

January 2016 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • David Meyerhofer: Connecting people, raising awareness of capabilities, and not just 'business as usual'
  • From David's desk
  • Los Alamos aids in MicroBooNE's first neutrino sightings
  • New single-stage gas gun at Trident enables 10-nanometer-scale surface height variation measurements of dynamic friction
  • 63Ni (n,y) cross sections measured with DANCE
  • Plasma research shows promise for future compact accelerators
  • Los Alamos Northern New Mexico IEEE Section wins two excellence awards
  • Celebrating service
  • Heads UP! ADEPS Environmental Action Plan for FY16
2015

November 2015 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Recognizing achievement: Physics Division staff awarded for distinguished performance
  • From David's desk
  • Mini-CAPTAIN snags first ionization track
  • Search for neutrinoless beta decay begins with MAJORANA DEMONSTRATOR
  • Physics Division scientists among newest APS Fellows
  • Celebrating service
  • Heads UP!

August 2015 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • Career destination: Los Alamos
  • David Meyerhofer named new Physics Division Leader
  • Recent LANSCE run cycle one of most prolific for NNSA research
  • Plasma Physics research among DOE projects to create new technology pathways for low-cost fusion energy development
  • Automatic alignment of multiple magnets into a Halbach cylinder
  • Kathy Prestridge expands APS diversity goals for women in physics
  • Physics Division bids fond farewell to Doug Fulton
  • Celebrating service
  • Heads UP!

May 2015 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • HAWC to study universe's most energetic phenomena
  • Successful LANSCE run cycle delivers stockpile stewardship, national security science
  • Physics staff in the news
  • Combined capabilities reveal how trees transport water 
  • Rapid heating of materials beyond 10,000 K
  • Los Alamos imaging system going live at Fukushima Daiichi
  • Determining how much energy is released during the fission of plutonium
  • Celebrating service
  • Fohtung named Los Alamos Neutron Science Center 2015 Rosen Scholar
  • Heads UP!

February 2015 (pdf)

In this issue:

  • P-27’s Group Office and User Office Administrative Team
  • From Scott’s desk
  • From Jeanette’s desk
  • Terry Taddeucci retires
  • Boshier, Espy named 2014 APS Fellows
  • Tainter garners best poster award
  • Celebrating service
  • Mosby receives LDRD Early Career Research grant to study nuclear reactions with rare isotope beams
  • Los Alamos prototype gamma-ray imaging microscope debuts at HIGS facility
  • Heads UP!