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Historical photo of Laboratory founder and cyclotron inventor Ernest Orlando Lawrence at his desk


News: Our new name reflects a diverse mission built around core strengths. Wim Leemans becomes Division Director. Daniele Filippetto wins DOE Early Career honors.

Particle accelerators have come a long way since Ernest Orlando Lawrence invented the cyclotron and founded the laboratory that now bears his name. Today, accelerators are vital to answering a wide range of questions, from "What is the underlying structure of matter?" to "How do you quickly check a cargo container for explosives?" or "Where can we get electricity without fossil fuels?"

Our mission is to push the frontiers of accelerator and laser science and technology, and develop the next generation of particle and light beams, thus providing powerful tools for multi-scale science that serves the nation's needs. We carry out this mission with a deep commitment to training future researchers, and hold ourselves to the highest scientific, safety, and diversity standards.

Toward accomplishment of this mission, we have these broad goals, many of which take advantage of core strengths of more than one of our research programs and benefit multiple applications:

  • Exquisite x-ray beams from synchrotrons and free-electron lasers. This involves our ongoing accelerator-physics support for LBNL's Advanced Light Source; participation in the LCLS-II collaboration; and looking toward a diffraction-limited ultimate development of the ALS.
  • Developing compact ultrahigh-gradient, lower-cost high-energy accelerators, principally through the BELLA Center's laser plasma accelerators and preliminary exploration of the shape that a next step, "k-BELLA" or "BELLA II," might take.
  • Higher-field and lower-cost superconducting magnets, a field in which our Superconducting Magnet Program is among the world's leading R&D groups.
  • Electron, ion, neutron, and gamma-ray beamsas powerful tools for probing matter. The Advanced Photoinjector Experiment (APEX), BELLA Center, and many Fusion Science and Ion Beam Technology efforts all play into this effort, which we expect to have diverse payoff for both discovery science and national security.
  • High-average- and high-peak-power ultrafast laser technology for accelerators and radiation generation, a new initiative that takes advantage of BELLA Center expertise in particular, and comes at an exciting time in laser technology and applications.
  • High performance modeling, control, and diagnostic systems. BELLA Center, the Center for Beam Physics, and the ALS Accelerator Physics team are prominently involved.

On this site you can learn about our research programs and find links to colleagues and collaborators from around the world. We thank you for sharing our interest, and welcome you to explore this site and the larger world of accelerators and their uses.