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Study Recommends Strong Role for National Labs in ‘Second Laser Revolution’

A new study calls for the U.S. to step up its laser R&D efforts to better compete with major overseas efforts to build large, high-power laser systems, and notes progress and milestones at the BELLA Center at the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab, and other sites.

Calling All Photographers: Participate in Berkeley Lab’s Physics Photowalk Competition on May 16

Berkeley Lab is offering a special tour to photographers on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in a local event that is part of a Global Physics Photowalk 2018 competition. Follow @BerkeleyLab and #LBNLphotowalk online for updates on the local event.

It All Starts With a ‘Spark’: Berkeley Lab Delivers Injector That Will Drive X-Ray Laser Upgrade

A team at Berkeley Lab has designed, built, and delivered a unique version of a device, called an injector gun, that can produce a steady stream of these electron bunches. The gun will be used to produce brilliant X-ray laser pulses at a rapid-fire rate of up to 1 million per second.

Watching a Quantum Material Lose Its Stripes

In quantum materials, periodic stripe patterns can be formed by electrons coupled with lattice distortions. To capture the extremely fast dynamics of how such atomic-scale stripes melt and form, Berkeley Lab scientists used femtosecond-scale laser pulses at terahertz frequencies. Along the way, they found some unexpected behavior.

Berkeley Lab Intern Focuses on Using Light for Spaceflight

Elliot Heywood had dreamed of landing an internship at the science lab in the hills not far from his school in Lafayette, California, but he never could have imagined this dream would take wing as a summerlong stint researching an ultrafast interplanetary propulsion system. In May, after a friend and fellow high school senior at

Report: Compact, Precise Beam Could Aid in Nuclear Security

A Berkeley Lab-led report highlights a new, compact technique for producing beams with precisely controlled energy and direction that could “see” through thick steel and concrete to more easily detect and identify concealed or smuggled nuclear materials for national security and other applications.

R&D Effort Produces Magnetic Devices to Enable More Powerful X-ray Lasers

Teams of researchers working in a multi-lab collaboration have designed, built, and tested two magnetic devices called superconducting undulators. The effort could lead to a next generation of more powerful, versatile, compact, and durable X-ray lasers.

Special Delivery: First Shipment of Magnetic Devices for Next-Gen X-Ray Laser

The first shipment of powerful magnetic devices for a next-generation laser project arrived at their destination on Wednesday after a nearly 3,000-mile journey. Berkeley Lab is overseeing the development and delivery of these devices, called undulator segments.

Laser R&D Focuses on Next-Gen Particle Collider

A set of new laser systems and proposed upgrades at Berkeley Lab’s BELLA Center will propel long-term plans for a more compact and affordable ultrahigh-energy particle collider.

Seeing Atoms and Molecules in Action with an Electron ‘Eye’

A unique rapid-fire electron source—originally built as a prototype for driving next-generation X-ray lasers—will help scientists at Berkeley Lab study ultrafast chemical processes and changes in materials at the atomic scale.