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Summer Research at Los Alamos National Laboratory

Each summer, Houghton professor Dr. Mark Yuly directs the work of his students at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) in Los Alamos New Mexico, where they  participate in nuclear physics experiments at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE).

The proton linear accelerator at LANSCE is one of the highest powered in the world.  It can produce proton beams of up to 800 MeV energy and currents up to 1 mA -- that's almost a megawatt of power in the beam!  The high energy protons are used to produce neutrons in a spallation target.  Low energy neutrons are produced for experiments at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center while experiments using high energy neutrons are performed at the WNR facility.

We have collaborated with researchers from MIT, LANL and the University of Kentucky on measurements of the three-nucleon force, the D++ component of the 3He nucleus, the p(n,dg) reaction, and neutron capture on 151Sm. The students in this program work on nearly every aspect of the experiment, including assembling electronics and detectors, writing code, and analyzing data.