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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.

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.

VIDEOS: Science Collaborations Find a Way During COVID-19 Pandemic

Even an underground experiment 4,600 feet below a mountain in Central Italy, and a telescope instrument more than a mile high atop an Arizona mountaintop could not escape the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. In these videos, a Berkeley Lab scientist and two Berkeley Lab-affiliated researchers share their experiences of working in international collaborations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DESI Team Prepares for Telescope Instrument’s Restart after Unexpected Shutdown

Despite a temporary shutdown of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument in Arizona – which was in its final stages of testing in preparation to begin mapping millions of galaxies in 3D when the pandemic struck – a variety of project tasks are still moving forward.

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.

A Breakthrough on the Next Big Step to Building the World’s Most Powerful Particle Accelerator

The international Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment (MICE) collaboration, a U.K.-based effort that includes researchers at Berkeley Lab, has made a major step forward in the quest to create an accelerator for subatomic particles called muons.

Milestone in Advanced Light Source Upgrade Project Will Bring in a New Ring

An upgrade of the Advanced Light Source (ALS), a synchrotron at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), has passed an important milestone that will help to maintain the ALS’ world-leading capabilities. On Dec. 23 the DOE granted approval for a key funding step that will allow the project to start construction on a new inner electron storage ring known as an accumulator ring.

The Quantum Information Edge Launches to Accelerate Quantum Computing R&D for Breakthrough Science

A nationwide alliance of national labs, universities, and industry launched Dec. 20 to advance the frontiers of quantum computing systems designed to solve urgent scientific challenges and maintain U.S. leadership in next-generation information technology.

Berkeley Lab Innovations Recognized With 3 R&D 100 Awards

Cutting-edge technologies from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to detect radiation, make buildings more energy efficient, and accelerate neuroscience research were honored with R&D 100 Awards by R&D World magazine.