Particle 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?" In ATAP we design and build these tools for discovery and application; the benefits touch a great many other aspects of science and technology.
This progress has been made possible by "big science," which was Laboratory founder E.O. Lawrence's trademark way of doing things and one of his most enduring inventions. Big science is not necessarily a matter of size many of our efforts are quite modest in budget and staffing. The heart of it is interdisciplinary teamwork focused on the needs of science and the nation.
Our mission is to push the frontiers of accelerator and laser science and technology, and develop the next generation particle and light beams, as powerful tools for multi-scale science to serve 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 beams as 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 -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. The Center for Beam Physics, BELLA, 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.