Accelerator & Detector Research

This research area supports basic research in accelerator physics and x-ray and neutron detectors. Accelerator research is the corner stone for the development of new technologies that will improve performance of light sources and neutron spallation facilities. This research will explore new areas of science and technologies that will facilitate the construction of next generation accelerator-based user facilities. Detector research is a crucial, but often overlooked, component in the optimal utilization of user facilities.

This research program is investing aggressively in research leading to a new and more efficient generation of photon and neutron detectors. Research includes studies on creating, manipulating, transporting, and diagnosing ultra-high brightness beam behavior from its origin at a photocathode to its travel through undulators. Studies on achieving sub-femtosecond (hundreds of attoseconds) free electron laser (FEL) pulses will also be underway. Demonstration experiments will take place in advanced FEL seeding techniques, such as echo-enhanced harmonic generation and other optical manipulation to reduce the cost and complexity of seeding harmonic generation FELs. A very high frequency laser photocathode radio frequency gun using a room temperature cavity will be developed which can influence the design of linac-based FELs with megahertz rates. Research will also occur on construction and beam testing of a high current, high gradient compact superconducting linac which can serve as a prototype for future light sources. Studies will continue on collective electron effects, such as micro-bunch instabilities from coherent synchrotron and edge radiation; beam bunching techniques, such as magnetic compression or velocity bunching; fast instruments to determine the structure of femtosecond electron bunches; and detectors capable of acquiring x-ray and neutron scattering data at very high collection rates.

This research area interacts with BES scientific research that employs synchrotron and neutron sources. It also coordinates with other DOE offices, especially in the funding of capabilities whose cost and complexity require shared support. Research at the Accelerator Test Facility at Brookhaven National Laboratory is jointly funded by the High Energy Physics and BES programs. There is also planned collaboration with the National Science Foundation on energy recovery linac research. There is a coordinated effort between DOE and NSF to facilitate x-ray detector development. There are ongoing industrial interactions through the DOE Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs for the development of x-ray detectors and advanced accelerator technology. (more.pdf file (113KB))

For more information about this research area, please contact Dr. Eliane Lessner.

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