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X Computational Physics

Developing multiphysics simulation codes to support national nuclear security applications
  • Trinity exascale supercomputer

    Trinity exascale supercomputer

    Provides increased computational capability for the NNSA Stockpile Stewardship program's certification and assessments mission

  • LANL Powerwall Theater and Immersive CAVE

    Our research enables large-scale data analysis and visualization capabilities

  • Computational Summer Workshop

    XCP Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop

    Undergraduate and graduate students work on research projects and attend lectures READ MORE

Contact Us  

  • Deputy Division Leader
  • Jimmy Fung
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  • Staff Operations Manager
  • Kavita Nandakishore
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  • Point of Contact
  • Samantha Atencio
  • (505) 665-5740
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Research in computational physics and the development of validated codes, models, and algorithms

In X Computational Physics (XCP) we take advantage of some of the world's fastest and most advanced computing platforms running state-of-the-art simulation codes to study a variety of complex physics problems.

Research and Capabilities
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computational Methods, Algorithms, and Physical Models
  • Monte Carlo Methods, Codes, and Applications
  • Nuclear Data Science and Engineering
  • Computational Fluid and Solid Dynamics
  • Atomic and Plasma Physics
  • Materials Modeling under Extreme Conditions
  • Plasma Theory and Applications
  • Multiphysics Verification, Validation, and Uncertainty Quantification
Division Staff in the News

Chris Fontes of XCP-5 has been named as a Fellow of the American Physical Society. He was nominated in the Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics, for his pioneering contributions to our understanding of atomic processes in plasmas and their application to a broad range of physics problems including nuclear fusion, laboratory experiment and astrophysics. 

The work of Jesse Canfield (XCP-4) on computational modeling of forest fires is being featured in the July issue of Popular Science.


Charlie Starrett (XCP-5) describes a new advancement in orbital-free molecular dynamics in a recent issue of Physical Review E. Read all about "Thomas-Fermi simulations of dense plasmas without pseudopotentials" at https://journals.aps.org/pre/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevE.96.013206

Nathaniel Morgan (XCP-4) was co-author on a recent article in the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids. "Improved ALE mesh velocities for complex flows" by Jozsef Bakosi, Jacob Waltz, and Nathaniel Morgan.

Brian Haines (XCP-2), Austin Yi (XCP-6), Rick Olson (XCP-6), and Paul Bradley (XCP-6), with co-authors, recently published a description of xRAGE ICF simulations driven by an x-ray flux source from HYDRA: " The effects of convergence ratio on the implosion behavior of DT layered inertial confinement fusion capsules", Physics of Plasmas 24 , 072709 (2017); doi: 10.1063/1.4993065

Misha Shashkov (XCP-4) was recently a co-author on: "Convergence analysis of the mimetic finite difference method for elliptic problems with staggered discretizations of diffusion coefficients", by G. Manzini, K. Lipnikov, J. D. Moulton, M. Shashkov. SIAM Journal on Numerical Analysis (SINUM).

Marianne Francois (XCP-4) authored (with L.-T. Lo, C. Sewell, J. Velechovsky) "Portable data-parallel surface reconstruction on a uniform rectilinear grid," International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids.