What does Los Alamos National Laboratory do

Los Alamos National Laboratory

The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL, earlier too Los Alamos Laboratory or Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory) is a research facility of the US government (more precisely the United States Department of Energy) in Los Alamos, New Mexico.


Los Alamos is primarily a nuclear research center, which became known for the fact that the US government's nuclear weapons program began here and the first atomic bomb was developed (see Manhattan Project).

Today the Los Alamos National Laboratory is a research facility in which, in addition to the Stockpile Stewardship Program for the preservation of existing nuclear weapons, basic research in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology and mathematics is carried out. It houses one of the largest institutes for theoretical research in the world and has a total of more than 6000 employees. It is remote about 60 km north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on a mesa about 2,500 m above sea level.

The area remains a military exclusion zone.

The Los Alamos National Laboratory gets the fastest computer in the world. He will achieve a maximum performance of 1.6 petaflop

From 1993 to 1998 the LSND experiment on neutrino oscillation took place here.

See also: arXiv

Coordinates: 35 ° 52 ′ 32 "n. Br., 106 ° 19 ′ 22" w. L.

Categories: Nuclear Weapons Project | Nuclear physics