Dr. Magdalena Caro
Dr. Magdalena Caro is a staff scientist in the Materials Science and Technology Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She got her Ph. D. at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) Lausanne in 1983. Her carrier spans 30 years of work on nuclear technology on three countries, Switzerland, Argentina, and USA, with focus on neutronics, materials, safety, design, and monitoring, both in theoretical and hands-on experimental activities, from zero power test reactors to commercial power plants. She has participated in several new technology initiatives, including accelerated damage testing of nuclear materials within LANL MARIE program, and development of fusion/fission innovative systems for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at LLNL. As part of an international team, she participated in the assessment of the vessel integrity for the life extension program of a commercial nuclear power plant (Atucha I, Argentina). Within the EFRC Energy Dissipation to Defect Evolution (EDDE) Center, she investigates energy transport and dissipation mechanisms, and explores ionization effects using a non-adiabatic time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) framework, which allows a quantitative determination of the ionization strength for different projectile-target combinations, at a level of detail never achieved before. Her work contributes to detailed understanding of damage processes from electronic excitations induced by swift heavy ions in concentrated solid solution alloys of interest to EDDE.