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Q&A: ‘Thyristors’ are for BART Trains and Particle Accelerators, Too

Power-switching devices known as “thyristors” are not just for BART trains—Berkeley Lab has used them in particle accelerators for decades.

Construction Begins on Major Upgrade to World’s Brightest X-ray Laser

Berkeley Lab scientists are developing key components for LCLS-II, a major X-ray laser upgrade and expansion project that will enable new atomic-scale explorations with up to 1 million ultrabright X-ray pulses per second.

Berkeley Lab Working on Key Components for LCLS-II X-ray Lasers

  X-ray free-electron lasers, first realized a decade ago, produce the brightest X-rays on the planet, and scientists tap into these unique X-rays to explore matter at the atomic scale and observe processes that occur in just quadrillionths of a second. As the name suggests, an X-ray free-electron laser requires electrons—lots of them, and in

A New Spin on Quantum Computing: Scientists Train Electrons with Microwaves

In what may provide a potential path to processing information in a quantum computer, researchers have switched an intrinsic property of electrons from an excited state to a relaxed state on demand using a device that served as a microwave “tuning fork.”

Coupling 2 ‘Tabletop’ Laser-Plasma Accelerators, a Decisive First Step Toward Tomorrow’s Ultrapowerful Compact Machines

Scientists at Berkeley Lab’s BELLA Center demonstrated that a laser pulse can accelerate an electron beam and couple it to a second laser plasma accelerator, where another laser pulse accelerates the beam to higher energy—a fundamental breakthrough in advanced accelerator science.

Moore Foundation Funds Berkeley Lab for Next-Generation Accelerators

Berkeley Lab researchers will receive $2.4 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to develop compact free electron lasers that will serve as powerful, affordable x-ray sources for scientific discovery. This new technology could lead to portable and high-contrast x-ray imaging to observe chemical reactions, visualize the flow of electrons, or watch biological processes unfold.

New Magnet Center Brings Together Research and Development

Initiative taps magnet expertise from across Berkeley Lab to develop state-of-the art magnetic systems.

National Security on the Move with High Energy Physics

Scientists are developing new technology that will safely and quickly detect nuclear material in large objects such as cargo containers.

U.S. Scientists Celebrate the Restart of the Large Hadron Collider

With the collider back in action, the more than 1,700 U.S. scientists who work on LHC experiments are prepared to join thousands of their international colleagues to study the highest-energy particle collisions ever achieved in the laboratory.

Grants Give Particle Accelerator Technologies a Boost

Berkeley Lab researchers have won two grants from the DOE and NCI that focus on particle beam-based therapies for treating cancer as well as on building faster, more powerful lasers for accelerators.