Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico is probably best known as the birthplace of the first atomic bombs 75 years ago. Today, LANL is a world-class, multidisciplinary scientific laboratory with a wide variety of science and security missions, including a division devoted to space research and applications. I will give an overview of opportunities for physicists in space research at LANL, including basic science (space weather, planetary science), nuclear non-proliferation (detecting nuclear explosions from space), and space traffic control (license plates for satellites). I will also share some reasons why you might enjoy being a postdoc at LANL and living in Los Alamos, and how I chose to work here.
Bio: Rebecca Holmes is a postdoc in the Intelligence & Space Research division at Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico. She received physics degrees from the University of Illinois (PhD 2017) and the University of North Carolina (BS 2011), and previously worked in quantum optics and quantum information.