BELLA, the Berkeley Laboratory Laser Accelerator Project, the world-record-setting laser system and state-of-the-art scientific facility for the advancement of laser plasma acceleration research, has won a DOE Secretary’s Achievement Award. The project team behind BELLA, which in 2012 delivered a petawatt of power in a pulse just 40 femtoseconds long at a pulse rate of one hertz – one pulse every second, was commended by Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz for “for outstanding ingenuity and exceptional project performance.” On hand to receive the award at the recent DOE Project Management Workshop were Wim Leemans of AFRD, who is BELLA’s Project Director, and Sergio Zimmermann of Engineering, who is the Project Manager (second and first from left, respectively). Also pictured are Suzanne Suskind, FPD; David Klaus, Deputy Under Secretary for Management and Performance; and Ted Lavine, SC Program Manager.
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Thomas Schenkel of the Accelerator and Fusion Research Division was among several experts who participated in a roundtable discussion on “The Next Life of Silicon,” hosted by the Kavli Foundation. The panelists looked at such topics as other electrical properties that could be exploited in silicon, its role in quantum computing, how silicon compares to other materials, and possible breakthroughs in the coming years. Schenkel’s research group is developing technologies to build quantum computers, in which silicon would play a role. More>
Wenming Ye of Microsoft will give a talk on Windows Azure: Microscoft’s Cloud Platform on Monday, March 31, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Building 2-100B. While enterprises have enjoyed the benefits of Windows Azure, the general research and scientific computing communities are just getting familiar with the platform. With the availability of IAAS Linux, Hadoop, IPython Notebooks, F#, Microsoft’s cloud platform offers researchers the convenience to collaborate and share their research online. In this talk, Ye will demonstrate the readiness of the crucial Big Compute and Big Data enabler technologies on Windows Azure for researchers, and the availability of Windows Azure for research grant programs.
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.
[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.