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

Space Physics

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


  • Focus Leader
  • Gian Luca Delzanno
  • 505-667-2604
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  • CSES Director
  • Lisa Danielson
  • (505) 667-1703
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  • Professional Staff Assistant
  • Sarah Balkey
  • (505) 667-8777
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sun and earth

Exploring the plasma environments of Earth and Sun

Proposals are solicited that advance theoretical research, computational research, and/or observational research into the plasma environment of the Earth's atmosphere, the magnetosphere and into processes that affect these environments.

We also encourage research on the transport of plasma and energy from the Sun through interplanetary space to the Earth and other planets, including the interaction of various plasma populations and the coupling of microscopic and macroscopic phenomena.

Topics covered

  • Solar dynamics responsible for the solar wind
  • Magnetohydrodynamics of the magnetosphere and thermosphere
  • Magnetospheric substorms
  • Ionosphere
  • Lightening
  • Magnetotail current sheet dynamics
  • Dusty plasmas
  • Physics affecting the performance and reliability of space-borne and ground-based technological systems
  • Physics governing satellite to ground communications
  • Solar wind interaction with planetary magnetosphere such as Jupiter or Saturn
  • Modeling of planetary atmospheres and magnetospheres