Today at Berkeley Lab

Symons: How Two Nobel Laureates Made Possible Lab’s Laser Accelerator Center

In an email to ATAP Division staff, Associate Lab Director James Symons offered congratulations to this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics winners. Two of the laureates — Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland — developed “chirped pulse amplification,” a method of generating high-intensity, ultra-short pulses, that (among other benefits) made Berkeley Lab’s Laser Accelerator Center possible, he wrote. More>

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Lab Employees Recognized as American Physical Society Fellows

Congratulations to the five Berkeley Lab employees who have been elected as American Physical Society Fellows in the class of 2018. The election is based on exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise. The Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by one’s professional peers. Also, two other employees received APS awards.  More>

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Physical Sciences Area Publishes Strategic Plan

Physical Sciences ALD James Symons has announced the release of the area’s Strategic Plan, which lays out the five- to ten-year R&D plans of its four divisions. Physical Sciences research includes particle physics and cosmology, nuclear science, accelerator science and technology, and advanced engineering. More>

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Star Mergers: A New Test of Gravity, Dark Energy Theories

Observations and measurements of a neutron star merger have largely ruled out some theories relating to gravity and dark energy, and have challenged a large class of theories. “It could change the way we think about our universe and our place in it,” Lab physicist Miguel Zumalacárregui said. “It’s going to require new ideas.” More>

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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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Special Delivery: Powerful Magnetic Devices for Next-Gen X-Ray Laser

The first shipment of powerful magnetic devices for a next-generation laser project arrived at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory this week after a nearly 3,000-mile journey from New York to California, on a customized delivery truck. Berkeley Lab is overseeing the development and delivery of these devices. More>

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Workplace Life Committee Seeks to Improve Work-Life Balance at the Lab

The Physical Sciences Workplace Life Committee was established to assist with Physical Sciences diversity and inclusion activities, and has since expanded to explore a variety of topics relevant to the quality or balance of work life at the Lab. Visit the PSWLC website to view a list of topics explored or under consideration. Have a concern? Submit it here. More>

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