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Internships at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory has designed, built, and analyzed data from instrumentation for space missions both near and far for more than 50 years. Today, the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) Division continues the Laboratory’s legacy of helping ensure our nation’s security, discovering the processes that govern the space environments, studying the composition of planetary bodies, and capturing the most distant, most powerful cosmic explosions.

Since the launch of the first Vela satellites in 1963, we have designed, built, and operated instruments to monitor international compliance with the Limited Test Ban Treaty. Los Alamos has flown about 400 instruments comprising more than 1,400 sensors on more than 200 total launches. In the past year, Los Alamos-led instrument teams published studies in both Science and Nature journals on

  • early supernova evolution
  • energization of the radiation belts
  • weathering of rocks on Mars
  • thunderstorm disruption of the ionosphere
  • interaction of the Sun and the interstellar medium

The Space Science and Applications group (ISR-1) in the Intelligence and Space Research (ISR) division leads a variety of civilian and defense-related programs sponsored by DOE, DOD, NASA, and other US agencies. In support of these missions, we develop sensors to detect nuclear emissions and measure natural and man-made radiations in space. ISR-1 capabilities extend from mission concept to design and calibration, data analysis, simulation and modeling. ISR division capabilities include engineering design and fabrication, spacecraft integration, ground system support and on-orbit operation.

By providing satellite-borne gamma-ray, X-ray, and neutron detectors to the US government, ISR-1 supports monitoring of the atmosphere and near-Earth space for nuclear detonations. Similarly, our charged-particle detectors support measurement of the natural environment. We have an international reputation in the detection of nuclear phenomenology and in the data analysis, simulation and modeling of the natural environment. ISR-1 is engaged in a number of pioneering basic-science missions, greatly enhancing our research and contributing to our technological base. Our many postdocs and affiliates are key collaborators. These science programs cover several disciplines, including magnetospheric physics, planetary exploration, gamma-ray astrophysics, space situational awareness, and solar-terrestrial interactions. For more information click on the following links;

Application deadline: January 31, 2017.

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A student must be a U.S. citizen enrolled as a full-time student at a Montana Space Grant Consortium campus.

A final report of at least 2 pages must be completed at the end of the term. Students must make a presentation about their research at the annual MSGC Student Research Symposium in Bozeman.

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