Cameron Geddes, a dark-haired person wearing a black suit, poses for a headshot.

Expanding discovery

Developing accelerators and accelerator-based photon sources as tools to extend science reach.

Sensing for society

Bringing advanced capabilities from the Lab to industry, carbon management, medicine, and security.

Clean energy

Realizing clean, reliable, and secure power sources based on fusion energy.

Precision simulation and control

Advancing exascale simulation, active feedback, and artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) applications to harness complex systems.

Applying ion beams

Using accelerated beams for purposes ranging from materials modification to cancer treatment to quantum-computing hardware to measuring carbon stored in soil.

A capillary discharge waveguide.

Creating a new generation of accelerators that are orders of magnitude smaller, and their enabling technologies, including high-average-power lasers.

Scientist in a hair cap and goggles work on accelerator technology.

BELLA Center makes a petawatt laser and a 50-terawatt laser (with a 10-TW arm) available through LaserNetUS and other collaborations.

Scientist working with red lasers on a benchtop.

Energizing laser-plasma accelerators and other applications with a new approach — combining the pulses from many fast-acting but lower-energy optical fiber lasers.

Scientific diagram of the interior of ALS-U.

Improving ALS accelerator systems and developing ALS-U and other next-generation photon user facilities.

Three scientists looking at a large glowing laser table.

Developing free-electron lasers that take advantage of the compact power of laser-plasma accelerators.

Three scientists work on a large piece of scientific instrumentation.

Precision treatments that spare healthy tissues to fight hard-to-reach cancers.

BELLA, the Berkeley Laboratory Laser Accelerator emitting a glowing green light.

Providing researchers with access to advanced lasers as part of a nationwide network.

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Intense lasers and particle beams for “the X Games of contemporary science” and for inertial fusion energy.”

Fusion magnet.

Driving magnet technology and laser-plasma science for plentiful, secure carbon free energy.

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Parlaying accelerator-based expertise into other applications, like quantum information science.

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Pioneering advanced computing techniques to achieve fast and accurate simulations of accelerators and beams.

Scientific figure.

Creating and collaboratively maintaining an accelerator simulation toolkit.

End view of a radiofrequency quadrupole accelerator (RFQ) shows the intricately shaped structures inside the linacs.

Powerful, advanced accelerators need sophisticated, high performance beam instrumentation and control systems, and the expertise can be parlayed into other applications, like quantum computing.

Colorful scientific diagram.

Harnessing the game-changing power of AI/ML for both modeling and control of particle accelerators.

Scientist working on a cabling machine.

Aggressively pushing superconducting magnet performance and cost effectiveness for colliders, fusion energy, and more, as well as advanced permanent-magnet design.

Copper wires.

Serving as headquarters of this multi-lab national program in advanced magnets and materials for high energy physics.

Soil imaging with neutrons diagram.

Applying ion beam technology to solve some of humankind’s most pressing problems, such as measuring carbon storage in soil.

Scientist in a glowing control room.

The Berkeley Accelerator Space Effects (BASE) Facility at the 88-Inch Cyclotron provides beams of heavy ions, protons, and neutrons vital to radiation effects testing.

Dan Wang, a dark-haired person wearing black glasses and a pink sweater, poses for a headshot in front of a plant.

Dan Wang, a research scientist in the ATAP Division’s Berkeley Accelerator Controls and Instrumentation (BACI) Program, applies machine learning to the precision control of complex laser and accelerator systems. She also leads the impedance modeling and reduction program in the ALS-U project.

Thomas Schenkel, a person with short gray hair wearing a suit and posing for a portrait. Photographed against a gray backdrop.

Thomas Schenkel is a physicist and senior scientist, and serves as Program Head of the Fusion Science and Ion Beam Technology program in the Accelerator Technology and Applied Physics Division. His current research interests include particle accelerators, materials far from equilibrium, and the exploration of spin-photon qubits.

Lieselotte Obst-Huebl, a dark-haired person wearing glasses and a yellow sweater, poses for a headshot.

Lieselotte “Lotti” Obst-Huebl is a research scientist in the ATAP Division’s BELLA Center. Her research is focused on the relativistic interaction between ultra-high intensity laser pulses and plasmas. In experiments at the BELLA Petawatt Laser she investigates, for example, how ion beams generated in these interactions can be used for fundamental studies in radiobiology and high energy density science.

An experimental board containing a superconducting tape-shaped HTS material called Bi-2223 and a controlled heater. Cameron Geddes, a dark-haired person wearing a black suit, poses for a headshot.

High-temperature superconductor magnets have the potential to lower the costs of operating particle accelerators and enable powerful new technologies like fusion reactors. But quenches – the sudden, destructive events wherein a part of the material loses superconductivity – are a major barrier to their deployment. Berkeley Lab scientists have developed an approach to prevent quenches altogether, rather than simply trying to manage them after they occur.

Berkeley Lab Research Scientist Marlene Turner shares how plasma wakefield acceleration can help us in our everyday lives.

Close-up of the U.S.-built HL-LHC magnet with signatures and a U.S. flag. The newly upgraded Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray free-electron laser (XFEL) at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Looped GIF of wire winding. Reactors of the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant. DESI telescope at sunset. CPU desktop with the contacts facing up lying on the motherboard of the PC. the chip is highlighted with blue light. Technology background