Modeling and Analysis
This broad set of research challenges takes what we know about a complex system and uses that information to build models that predict the behavior of the system. Through this initiative, the NMC engages university researchers in LANL’s Science of Signatures program, one of the three pillars of LANL’s science mission. “Today, advanced science and technology enables us to access unprecedented volumes of data related to previously inaccessible aspects of our environment. An accurate interpretation of this data allows us to perceive, predict, comprehend, and react appropriately to changing situations in the world around us,” Nan Sauer, Associate Director for Chemistry, Life and Earth Science.
Synthetic Cognition investigates the computational principles that enable high-level sensory processing in the human brain and implements these principles into computer models.
NMC's research in climate change seeks to improve the next generation of climate models in order increase our understanding of the climate. This research is closely tied to our Plant Biology initiative. We investigate carbon dynamics, energy and nutrient exchange, and climate feedbacks.
NMC's economics research contributes to knowledge of how public investments in scientific research and higher education influence the rate and novelty of scientific advances, innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development, and ultimately improve social welfare, for example through improvements in population health outcomes.
Online social media represents a fundamental shift of how information is being produced, transferred and consumed. The massive amount of data generated on social media sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, can be used to better understand and predict behavior. NMC uses computational social science to look at the signatures in social media content, which are precursors to a group response.
Quantum ComputingQuantum computing at NMC develops computer technology based on the principles of quantum theory. Development of a quantum computer would mark a leap forward in computing capability far greater than that of the modern day supercomputer, with performance gains in the billion-fold realm and beyond.
NMC's Space Science initiatives pursues research in space weather, planetary exploration, and remote sensing of the Earth.
Research on infrastructure protection at NMC includes modeling infrastructure stablility and vulnerablilty and system optimization. This research includes modeling regional water distribution, and understanding electrical grid behavior.
NMC's plasma physics research includes work on the propogation of laser beams in plasma and the subsequent issues of beam control and work on collisionless plasma models and computational and theoretical studies of ultra-cold plasmas.