Andre Anders, who leads the plasma applications group for the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division, has won the 2014 Dyke Award from the International Symposia on Discharge and Electrical Insulation in Vacuum (ISDEIV), the highest honor that organization bestows. Anders is receiving a lifetime achievement award. Anders conducts research in plasma physics and material science, including coatings and thin film synthesis, high power impulse magnetron sputtering, cathodic vacuum arc plasma and ion sources, gas plasma sources, ion implantation, and plasma immersion ion implantation, transparent conducting oxides, and electrochromic materials. He will receive his award and cash prize at the next ISDEIV, which will be held this fall in Mumbai, India.
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[Slate Magazine] A response to the question, “If you drop antimatter, which way does it fall?” quotes Joel Fajans of the Lab’s Accelerator and Fusion Research Division. If one could conduct with antimatter an experiment such as Galileo did when he dropped balls off Italian towers, Fajans says: “That would be the greatest revolution in physics in the past 20 to 30 years.” Bigger than the discovery of the Higgs boson? “Oh yeah, no question. There’s a very low probability but an enormous reward if antimatter were to gravitate differently than we expect.” More>
Steve Gourlay, the director of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division since 2006, has decided to step down. AFRD Senior Scientist Wim Leemans will replace Gourlay as director, effective immediately. The division made several notable achievements during Gourlay’s directorship, including important ALS upgrades, construction of BELLA and the Neutral Drift Accelerator (NDCX-II), and record-breaking superconducting magnet development for the LHC Accelerator Research Program. He will return to research within AFRD. Leemans, who joined the Lab in 1991, heads the LOASIS Program, and serves as director of the Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA). More>
A paper by Wim Leemans (pictured), Carl Schroeder, Eric Esarey, and Carlo Benedetti of the LOASIS program (Lasers and Optical Accelerator Systems Integrated Studies) in the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division, has been named an “Editor’s Pick” of Letters in 2013 by the American Institute of Physics (AIP). The paper, titled “Control of Focusing Forces and Emittances in Plasma-Based Accelerators Using Near-Hollow Plasma Channels,” was published in AIP’s Physics of Plasma journal. It describes a proposal for providing independent control over both the focusing and accelerating forces in a plasma accelerator.
Paul Fallon (Nuclear Science), Steve Holland (Engineering), Jeff Neaton (Materials Sciences), Fernando Sannibale (AFRD), and Robert Schoenlein (Materials Sciences) were recently selected as fellows of the American Physical Society. The scientists were recognized for their “exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education.” More>
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has named its 2013 fellows, and three Berkeley Lab researchers are among the recipients. The awardees include Stephen Cramer (left) of the Physical Biosciences Division, Norman Edelstein (center) of the Chemical Sciences Division, and retiree Glen Lambertson of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division. Former Berkeley Lab earth scientist Terry Hazen (now at Oakridge Lab) was also included. More>
Wulf Kunkel, a physicist who joined Berkeley Lab in 1956 and retired in 1991, passed away on Sept. 3. Kunkel served as the lead of the Fusion Research Group at the Lab from 1971 to 1991. After his retirement, he continued as an affiliate of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division. He was also a professor at UC Berkeley, where he received his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Kunkel’s research focused on astrophysics, basic aspects of plasma physics, controlled nuclear fusion power, developing novel powerful deuterium injectors for heating, ionization phenomena in gases, physics, plasma in the large magnetic confinement fusion experiments, and space sciences.
FPGA-Based “Bunch Cleaning” System at the Advanced Light Source, a paper authored by Engineering Division’s, Jonah Weber, Michael Chin, Walter Barry, and AFRD’s Fernando Sannibale, was recognized as the 11th most downloaded article at Elsevier’s “Science Direct” publication. Elsevier is a leading provider of science and health information. The article introduces a new bunch-cleaning system for the ALS storage ring that will be compatible with a future “top-off” user operation mode, allowing for a near constant stream of current.
It isn’t often when a review team makes its way up the hill to inspect and give its blessing on a new accelerator. The last time was in 1993 when the Advanced Light Source started hurtling electrons at just under the speed of light. The BELLA project was the latest. More>
Two articles by Andre Anders of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division have been recognized as among the top papers of the year by the American Institute of Physics (AIP), publisher of The Journal of Applied Physics, the largest journal in the field of applied physics with close to 4,000 peer-reviewed papers annually. In its selection of the top 30 articles from 2012, two were co-authored by Anders. His Lab co-authors were Rueben Mendelsberg (formerly in EETD, later a visiting scientist in AFRD), Pavel Ni of AFRD, and Albert Rauch, a visiting scientist in AFRD who has since returned to Austria. See pages 5 and 6 of this PDF. Anders and coworkers used emissive probes and fast optical techniques to measure high power pulsed magnetron plasmas with unprecedented resolution. Their findings help to develop the next generation of thin film deposition technology.