The Z machine is located in Albuquerque, N.M., and is part of the Pulsed Power Program, which started at Sandia National Laboratories in the 1960s. Courtesy of Sandia National Laboratories.

As part of its science and national security missions, the U.S. Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE NNSA) supports a spectrum of basic and applied research in science and engineering at the agency's national laboratories, at universities and in industry. Because of its continuing needs, NNSA has a special interest in encouraging development of the next generation of leaders in the following fields via the DOE NNSA LRGF program:

  • Pulsed power science and engineering
  • Radiation magneto-hydrodynamics/nuclear astrophysics
  • Atomic physics and visible/UV/X-ray spectroscopy
  • Dynamic materials/shock physics
  • Accelerator design

The DOE NNSA LRGF program's primary objective is to encourage the training of scientists by providing financial support to talented students whose study and research is accompanied by practical work experience at one or more of the following DOE NNSA facilities: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory or Sandia National Laboratories (New Mexico), or at the Nevada National Security Site.