Today at Berkeley Lab

Diagnostic Tool Devised for Cutting-Edge and Next-Gen Particle Accelerators

The world’s cutting-edge particle accelerators — like the Lab’s BELLA program — are pushing the extremes in high-brightness beams and ultrashort pulses to explore matter in new ways. To optimize their performance, scientists have devised a new tool that can measure how bright these beams are, even for pulses that last only quadrillionths or even quintillionths of a second. More>

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BELLA Experiment Produces First Electron Beams

A new facility designed to apply the BELLA Center’s laser-plasma accelerator techniques produced its first electron beams on April 11 as part of the Hundred Terawatt Thomson-scattering experiment, or HTT, to enable a compact, nearly monoenergetic source of mega-electron-volt photons. More>

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Study Recommends Strong Role for National Labs in ‘Second Laser Revolution’

A new study calls for the U.S. to step up its laser R&D efforts to better compete with major overseas efforts to build large, high power laser systems, and notes progress and milestones at the BELLA Center at Berkeley Lab and other sites. More>

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Lab Turkeys Put on a Spring Time Show

These turkeys appear to be heeding the nearby “Do Not Enter” signage near Building 71, while displaying their impressive plumage. The photo was taken by Asmita Patel of the Accelerator Technologies and Applied Physics Division. “I was trying to get to Building 50 for a meeting and had to wait for these two to clear the way,” she explains. “They were majestic, walking very proudly, and in no hurry to move.” View image here.

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World’s Most Powerful X-Ray Laser Taking Shape Near Stanford

Located 30 feet below-ground, the giant X-ray laser at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory is part of a quest to illuminate some of science’s great remaining mysteries. The Berkeley Lab contributed a brand new electron injector gun to the project, which was delivered in January. Lab researchers Junko Yano and Peter Zwart are quoted in this Mercury News article.

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Lab Center Delivers Key Magnet to Future Nuclear Science Facility

The Berkeley Center for Magnet Technology has designed, built, and delivered an advanced magnet for a high-performance ion source at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, which is being built at Michigan State University. This is one of the flagship facilities being constructed by the DOE Office of Nuclear Physics. More>

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Winners of IPO’s Pitch Competition Announced

The results are in for the Innovation and Partnerships Office’s inaugural pitch competition, held Nov. 3. Nine teams with researchers from Nuclear, Chemical and Earth and Environmental Sciences, ATAP, ALS, ETA, and the Molecular Foundry participated. The panel of judges, drawn from venture, startup, and research experience, noted the high quality of all team pitches.

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Compact, Precise Beam Could Aid in Nuclear Security  

A Berkeley Lab-led report highlights a new, compact technique for producing beams that could “see” through thick steel and concrete to more easily detect and identify concealed or smuggled nuclear materials for national security and other applications. More>

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Former Lab Physicist Alper Garren Passes Away

Garren contributed to the design and orbit theory of the Bevatron, the 88-Inch Cyclotron, the Advanced Light Source, Fermilab’s Proton Synchrotron, and CERN’s Large Proton-Proton Storage Rings, among many other accelerators. He collaborated with scientists around the world, sharing his ideas with colleagues and mentoring his students. He passed away on June 25. He was 92. More>

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R&D Effort Produces Magnetic Devices to Enable More Powerful X-Ray Lasers

Teams of researchers working in a multi-lab collaboration have designed, built, and tested two magnetic devices called superconducting undulators. The effort could lead to a next generation of more powerful, versatile, compact, and durable X-ray lasers. More>

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