Today at Berkeley Lab

Berkeley Lab Camera Can ‘See’ Sound

The Lab’s Carl Haber (Physics) and Earl Cornell (Engineering) are applying a technology they developed that uses a unique camera instead of phonographic needles to extract audio from century-old wax cylinder recordings of Native American speakers from around California. More>

Lab Engineer Helps Nepalese Villages Rebuild After Massive Earthquake

While Nepal’s capital Kathmandu has largely recovered after a deadly earthquake in 2015, Tim Hart found the country’s smaller villages were still struggling to recover. The civil/structural engineer sought to remedy this situation by training local tradespeople to rebuild in a more sustainable and safe manner. More>

March 29 Interdisciplinary Instrumentation Colloquium

Soren Prestemon of the Lab’s Engineering Division will speak on “The Berkeley Center for Magnet Technology” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium. The center integrates accelerator physicists and magnet researchers, magnet design engineers, and fabrication teams, to foster the development and reliable delivery of new magnet technology. More>

Partial Closure of Glaser Road on Sept. 22

To accommodate the Engineering Division’s annual BBQ, Glaser Road will be closed along Building 79 and 77, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Engineering Division’s Joe Silber Finds Purpose in Writing

Joe Silber works on the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) by day and writes ethereal, poetic fiction by night. He recently self-published a new book called “Gudhal,” which begins with the birth of matter. More>

‘Thyristors’ Propel BART Trains and Particle Accelerators, Too

Power-switching devices known as “thyristors” are key components in BART train propulsion systems, and Berkeley Lab has used them in particle accelerators for decades. Learn more about these crucial components in a Q&A with Will Waldron of the Engineering Division.

Henrik von der Lippe Named Engineering Division Director

Housed within the Physical Sciences Area, the Engineering Division is comprised of more than 250 technicians, machinists, engineers, and administrators, who support scientific endeavors at the Lab, as well as build specialized instrumentation for other national labs. Von der Lippe has served as acting director since August of 2015.
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Engineering’s Steve Holland Receives Instrumentation Award

Holland is the co-recipient of the 2016 Instrumentation Award from the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society. He was recognized for the development of technologies for detection of signals in frontier experiments, especially the fully depleted charge coupled device and the “oscilloscope on a chip” integrated circuit. More>

Construction Begins on Major Upgrade to World’s Brightest X-ray Laser

Lab scientists are developing key components for LCLS-II, a major X-ray laser upgrade and expansion project that will enable new atomic scale explorations with up to 1 million ultrabright X-ray pulses per second. The Lab’s Engineering and Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division are involved in the work. More>

2015 Nobel Prize in Physics Has Berkeley Lab Roots

The research at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) that earned Arthur McDonald this year’s Nobel Prize in physics has roots at Berkeley Lab. Under the leadership of physicist Kevin Lesko, members of the Nuclear Science and Engineering Divisions played key roles in SNO’s design and construction and later provided critical data analysis. More>