Meet Dr. Paul W. Keaton, Ph.D.

Career Overview:
Paul W. Keaton, Fellow of the American Physical Society, obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the Johns Hopkins University in 1963. In 1993 he took early retirement from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), after serving there for 28 years as a researcher, manager and project leader. Keaton has co-authored graduate-level textbooks and published over 100 technical contributions including journal articles, conference reports, technical papers, and invited talks to national and international conferences. He currently consults on technical and management issues doing business as PhysicsWare Consulting.

Research & Management:
Keaton joined LANL’s Physics Division in 1965 to advance polarization techniques in nuclear reactions with polarized neutrons, protons, deuterons, tritons and helium-3. After a 1972-73 sabbatical in Geneva, Switzerland at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the LANL Director asked him to lead the LANL Electronics Division. E-Division had two missions: to initiate electronics research supporting national goals, and to supply electronics services to other LANL divisions. E-Division thrived in the 1970s doing energy research into solar, wind, geothermal, electric car, and conservation technologies. In 1979 Keaton was appointed to a joint DoD/DOE study of future US nuclear weapons capability at the Pentagon in Washington DC.

In 1980 Keaton returned to join LANL’s Strategic Planning Office. There he organized a series of National Security Seminars and promoted joint LANL/NASA studies of US manned space explorations. In 1983 he joined the Physics Division again, to lead several Strategic Defense Initiatives (SDI) projects.

In 1992, DOE asked Keaton to lead a team stationed at Houston’s Johnson Space Center, the location of NASA’s manned Space Exploration Initiative (SEI). The DOE team’s missions were to contribute technical ideas to SEI, and to facilitate communications between knowledgeable technologists in DOE and NASA. When the DOE role in SEI ended in the spring of 1993, Keaton returned to LANL and, later that year, took early retirement from LANL.

Business & Academics:
After retiring from LANL, Paul joined and purchased an interest in Sumner Associates, a small consulting firm in Santa Fe, NM. After 3 years, when the firm had grown and turned profitable, he left Sumner Associates and accepted a part-time position as Chief Scientist to a NASA contractor, John Frassanito & Associates, in Houston, TX. Later, he taught for 2 years in the Physics Department as Adjunct Professor at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) in Golden, Colorado.

Paul currently lives in Santa Fe, NM with Peggy, his wife of 64+ years. They have three sons. Paul and Peggy love traveling and have visited many foreign countries. After retiring, they purchased a motorhome and drove to every continental state in the US and most Canadian territories and provinces. Paul plays tennis and Peggy enjoys water aerobics. Throughout the years, they each have held leadership roles in community, charity, political, and religious organizations.

Sample Publications

Dr. Keaton has published over 100 technical articles, including the selected samples shown below:

Fundamentals of Electronics, Volumes I, II, and III , by George E. Owen and P.W. Keaton, published by Harper and Row, (1966-67)

A New Technique for Backscattering Analysis , P.W. Keaton, P.S. Peercy, B.L. Doyle, and C.J. Maggiore, IV International Conference on Ion Beam Analysis, Aarhus, Denmark, June, 1979; Proceedings published in Nuclear Instruments and Methods.

Optical Model Potentials for Deuterons, Tritons, and Helions , by P.W. Keaton, invited talk to the “Fourth International Symposium on Polarization Phenomena in Nuclear Reactions,” pp. 173, Zurich, Switzerland (1975)

The Deuteron Optical Potential with a Tensor Term and Breakup , P.W. Keaton and D.D. Armstrong, Phys. Rev. C8 , 1692-1701 (1973)

9 Be( 3 He, p) 11 B Polarization and Implications for Time-Reversal Invariance , by R.A. Hardekopf, P.W. Keaton, P.W. Lisowski, and L.R. Veeser, Phys. Rev. C25 , 1090 (1982)

A Hypervelocity-Microparticle-Impacts Laboratory with 100 KM/S Projectiles , by P.W. Keaton, G.C. Idzorek, L.J. Rowton, Sr., J.D. Seagrave, G.L. Stradling, S.D. Bergson, M.T. Collopy, H.L. Curling, D.B. McColl, and J.D. Smith, International J. Impact Engineering, Vol. 10, pp. 295 (1990)

A New Method for Determining Polarization Standards in Nuclear Reactions , by P.W. Keaton, D.D. Armstrong, R.A. Hardekopf, P.M. Kurjan, and Y.K. Lee, Phys. Rev. Letters 29 , 880, (1972)

Elastic Scattering and Polarization of Fast Neutrons , by J.D. Seagrave, J.C. Hopkins, D.R. Dixon, P.W. Keaton, E.C. Kerr, A. Niiler, R.H. Sherman, and R.K. Walter, Annals of Phys. 74 250-299 (1972)

Mossbauer Effect Resulting from Coulomb Excited Levels in 57 Fe , by Y.K. Lee, P.W. Keaton, E.T. Ritter and J.C. Walker, Physics Rev Letters 14, 975, (1965)

A Lunar Laboratory , by P.W. Keaton and M.B. Duke, COSPAR XXVI, paper III.2.6, Toulouse, France (1986)

Manned Mars Missions , edited by Michael B. Duke and Paul W. Keaton, Report of the joint NASA/LANL Workshop at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville , Alabama , June 10-14, 1984 . NASA M001 (1986)

Low-Thrust Rocket Trajectories , by Paul W. Keaton, Los Alamos National Laboratory Technical Report, LA-10625-MS (1987)

Rocket Launch