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Los Alamos Science No. 21, 1993

The Laboratory's 50th Anniversary

In 1993, LANL's 50th anniversary, the Cold War was over, and the Laboratory was in the midst of changing its identity. This volume captures the mood of the times through a candid roundtable among LANL scientists and former Director Harold Agnew. Hans Bethe and Edward Teller offer separate visions of the Laboratory's future, and feature stories examine the new "stewardship" of the nuclear weapons stockpile in the absence of nuclear testing, the threat of nuclear proliferation, and the new peacetime collaborations between former rivals in Russian and American nuclear weapons laboratories. Ten short articles show the breadth of research at LANL ranging from studies of nature's fundamental forces to superconducting wires for efficient delivery of electric power. This volume illustrates the evolving role of national laboratories in national security, energy security, and big science.

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Cover and Contents

493 kB
Perspectives on the Laboratory: Milestones in the History of Los Alamos National Laboratory

212 kB
Taking on the Future: Harold Agnew and the Los Alamos scientists discuss the potential of the Laboratory

535 kB
What is the Future of Los Alamos?
Hans A. Bethe
28 kB
The Laboratory of the Atomic Age
Edward Teller
94 kB
Bombs Away?
Jack Howard
28 kB
The Stewardship of Nuclear Weapons

196 kB
Redefining the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program and the DOE Nuclear Weapons Complex
John D. Immele, Philip D. Goldstone
74 kB
Key Issues Framing Today’s Decisions

9 kB
An Expanding Role for AGEX: Above-Ground Experiments for Nuclear Weapons Physics
Philip D. Goldstone
574 kB
AGEX I — The Explosives Regime of Weapons Physics
Timothy R. Neal
309 kB
Line-imaging Laser Interferometers for Measuring Velocities
Willard F. Hemsing
113 kB
AGEX II — The High-Energy-Density Regime of Weapons Physics
Stephen M. Younger
197 kB
Déjà Vu All Over Again
Houston T. Hawkins
16 kB
Proliferation Challenges in Perspective
Joseph F. Pilat
61 kB
New Technologies in Support of Nonproliferation

16 kB
Russian-American Collaborations: The Transition to Peacetime Work
Stephen M. Younger
167 kB
Interview with Alexander Ivanovich Pavlovskii

192 kB
Science and Innovation at Los Alamos

292 kB
Probing the Structure of Matter: A History of Accelerators at Los Alamos
Richard A. Reichelt
634 kB
Medium-Energy Physics at LAMPF
Mikkel B. Johnson
99 kB
Accelerator-based conversion of Surplus Plutonium

17 kB
Neutrons in Our Future: A Proposed High-Flux Spallation Neutron Source
Roger Pynn
109 kB
Malone Refrigeration: An Old Solution to a New Problem
Gregory W. Swift
251 kB
CFCs and Cooling Equipment: The Size of the Problem

10 kB
John Malone and the Invention of Liquid-based Engines

10 kB
Thermoacoustic Engines and Refrigerators

33 kB
Mixing and Chaotic Microstructures
Yuefan Deng, James Glimm, David H. Sharp
242 kB
Novel Electronic Materials: The MX Family
Alan R. Bishop, Basil I. Swanson
198 kB
Unification of Nature’s Fundamental Forces: A Continuing Search
Geoffrey B. West, Frederick M. Cooper, Emil Mottola, Michael P. Mattis
326 kB
Testing the Standard Model of Particle Interactions Using State-of-the-Art Supercomputers
Rajan Gupta
129 kB
Parity Violation in Nuclear Physics: Signature of the Weak Force
Gerald T. Garvey, Susan J. Seestrom
136 kB
Molecular Wires for Ultrafast Circuits
Antonio Redondo
217 kB
Experimental Structural Biology
Jill Trewhella
181 kB
Crystals and Ultrasound: Old-fashioned Materials Science
Zachary Fisk, Albert Migliori
191 kB
Machines That Learn: Adaptive Computation with Artificial Neural Networks
Roger D. Jones
189 kB
Climate, the Ocean, and Parallel Computing
Robert C. Malone, Richard D. Smith, John K. Dukowicz
409 kB
New Numerical Methods for Ocean Modeling on Parallel Computers

16 kB
Superconductivity: Physics, Electrical Cables, and Industry
James L. Smith
164 kB
Science Policy and the Role of the National Laboratories
Robert W. Seidel
270 kB
Los Alamos: Beginning the Second Fifty Years
Siegfried S. Hecker
83 kB

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