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Physicists from all research backgrounds are helping Sandia solve the world’s toughest challenges.

There is no "typical" career for a physicist at Sandia. Instead, Sandia offers physicists a multitude of opportunities to participate in multidisciplinary teams on projects ranging from groundbreaking fundamental research to influential national security applications. Whatever the project, physicists are making important contributions to Sandia's missions in stockpile stewardship, homeland and port security, and energy security.

For example, some physicists are investigating basic research topics from atomic/molecular dynamics to antineutrinos. Others are applying physics principles to fieldable commercial devices, such as airport sensors and satellites. Additional topic areas include laser development, climate modeling, alternative-energy source research, and combustion modeling and diagnostics.

Sandia has a rich history in optical spectroscopy and deep UV generation and lithography. In addition, our historical expertise in plasma physics has contributed to fusion research, neutron generators, and microelectronics processing. Our portfolio of plasma diagnostic techniques span the spectrum from microwaves and terahertz to deep UV and hard x-rays. Sandia physicists are also conducting high-energy-density physics experiments to deliver a high-yield, inertial-confinement-fusion capability for weapons effects, weapons physics, and energy production.

Key areas for physicists at Sandia

  • Materials physics and nanotechnology
  • Lasers, optics, and remote sensing
  • High-energy-density, plasma, and shockwave physics
  • Biophysics and molecular physics
  • Lasers, optics, and remote sensing
  • Solid-state physics
  • Quantum computing
  • Radiation and surface physics
  • High-performance computer modeling and simulation