Los Alamos National LaboratoryCenter for Space and Earth Science
Part of the National Security Education Center

Astrophysics and Cosmology

High quality, cutting-edge science in the areas of astrophysics, heliophysics, solid planetary geoscience and Earth systems


  • CSES Director
  • Lisa Danielson
  • (505) 667-1703
  • Email
  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Sarah Balkey
  • (505) 667-8777
  • Email

Supernova (Source: Wikimedia)

Emphasis on research and multidisciplinary projects

Proposals are solicited with emphasis on theoretical research, observational research and instrumentation research, especially multidisciplinary projects at the boundaries between cosmology, astrophysics, nuclear physics, particle physics, extreme astrophysical conditions, plasma physics, computational physics and/or general relativity.

Use of facilities where LANL is a participating institution is highly desirable (e.g. Very Long Baseline Array, Sloan Digital Sky Survey, National Solar Observatory, etc.), as well as LANL's involvement in upcoming national facilities such as HAWC or LSST.

Specific topics of interest

  • Cosmology
  • Gamma ray astrophysics
  • Space instrumentation
  • Stellar dynamics
  • Neutron star physics
  • Radio pulsars
  • Variable stars
  • Cosmic ray and the cosmic microwave background
  • Solar neutrinos
  • Time domain astrophysics
  • Intergalactic magnetic fields
  • Active galactic nuclei
  • Supernovae
  • Energetics of supermassive black holes
  • Physics of accretion disks
  • Dynamics of the interactions between superfluids and normal matter