Susan Seestrom

My research is in experimental nuclear physics. I received my B.S. and Ph. D. degrees from the University of Minnesota. I did post-doctoral work at Los Alamos National Laboratory and at the University of Minnesota. I have been on the staff at LANL since 1986. My early work focused on studies of nuclear structure using intermediate energy probes. I performed experiments at LAMPF and IUCF. As LAMPF transitioned to a neutron facility, my research began to focus on fundamental physics using neutrons. I was part of a series of experiments studying parity violation in the compound nuclear. I later worked with colleagues to develop the first ultra cold neutron source driven by a proton beam and using low temperature deuterium to produce UCNs. I am now a part of a large collaboration that is measuring the “A” coefficient in neutron beta decay as a sensitive probe of physics beyond the standard model. In addition to my research, over the last 10-15 years I have increasingly focused on leadership here at Los Alamos. I have been a deputy group leader, a division leader, and an associate director . I am presently Associate Director for Experimental Physical Science.

I am married and my husband, Chris Morris, also works at Los Alamos National Lab (where we met!). Together we have a grand total of 5 daughters (all grown now) and 4 grandchildren (4 girls!). We enjoy jogging in the mountains around Los Alamos and traveling to exotic locations (Nepal and Egypt were recent choices!). If I had more spare time, I would spend a little more time quilting and gardening.