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U.S. Magnet Development Project for CERN Particle Collider Upgrade Moves Forward

The U.S. Department of Energy has formally approved a key milestone in the High-Luminosity LHC Accelerator Upgrade Project being carried out at eight U.S. institutions, including the DOE’s Berkeley Lab.

National Labs Band Together to Build Prototype Magnet for Future and Existing Light Sources

Teams at three national labs worked together to design, build, and fully test a new state-of-the-art, half-meter-long prototype magnet that meets the requirements for use in existing and future light source facilities.

Advisory Committee Releases Strategic Plan for U.S. Fusion, Plasma Program

The U.S. Department of Energy Fusion Energy Sciences Advisory Committee has adopted and endorsed a new report that lays out a strategic plan for fusion energy and plasma science research over the next decade. The report has been two years in the making, gathering an unprecedented level of input and support from across the U.S. fusion and plasma community.

A New Way to Measure Record-Setting Electron Beams

A new, compact system has been successfully demonstrated at the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center to provide simultaneous high-resolution measurements of multiple electron-beam properties.

LaserNetUS High-Power Laser Consortium, Including Berkeley Lab, Receives $18M From the U.S. DOE

New U.S. Department of Energy funding totaling $18 million, including $1 million for user support, will be distributed among 10 partner institutions – including Berkeley Lab – and will continue and expand LaserNetUS operations for three years.

3 Awards Will Support Accelerator R&D for Medical Treatment, Miniaturization, and Machine Learning

U.S. Department of Energy awards announced in July will advance Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) R&D to develop a more effective and compact particle-beam system for cancer treatment, improve particle-beam performance using artificial intelligence, and develop a high-power, rapid-fire laser system for both tabletop and large-scale applications.

SLAC’s Upgraded X-Ray Laser Facility Produces First Light

Today, the hard X-ray system for LCLS-II achieved “first light,” demonstrating its performance in readiness for the experimental campaigns ahead. Berkeley Lab oversaw the construction and delivery of the powerful magnetic components, called undulator segments, for the hard X-ray system.

Berkeley Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

Three scientists at Berkeley Lab have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science to receive significant funding for research through its Early Career Research Program (ECRP). In addition, three faculty scientists with joint appointments at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley will receive ECRP funding through their UC Berkeley affiliations.

Some Lab Magnet Work Proceeds on Particle Accelerator Upgrade

While COVID-19 risks had led to a temporary halt in fabrication work on high-power superconducting magnets built by a collaboration of three U.S. Department of Energy national labs for an upgrade of the world’s largest particle collider at CERN in Europe, researchers at Berkeley Lab are still carrying out some project tasks.

3 National Labs Achieve Record Magnetic Field for Accelerator Focusing Magnet

In a multiyear effort involving three U.S. national laboratories, researchers have successfully built and tested a powerful new focusing magnet that represents a new use for niobium-tin, a superconducting material. The eight-ton device – about as long as a semitruck trailer – set a record for the highest field strength ever recorded for an accelerator focusing magnet, and raises the standard for magnets operating in high-energy particle colliders.