Within the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Science (SC), the High-Energy Physics (HEP) program has traditionally functioned as steward for long-term, fundamental accelerator R&D. This stewardship of “discovery science” accelerator R&D needs has served all of the SC programs. Accelerators are a key element of many SC programs, including Basic Energy Sciences (BES), Fusion Energy Sciences (FES), Nuclear Physics (NP), and, of course, HEP itself. Some of these programs have partnered with the Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) program to sponsor research in the computationally intensive aspects of accelerator science via the SciDAC (Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing) program.
In recent years, it has become apparent that accelerator R&D stewardship should be carried out in a broader context than simply discovery science. Accelerators are critical to many areas beyond their traditional role in discovery science, and they influence our everyday lives in myriad—though typically unrecognized—ways. Because of our traditional involvement in this area, HEP was designated by the Office of Science to oversee long-term accelerator stewardship activities within SC, in close consultation with other SC programs.
To publicize our accelerator R&D stewardship activities, we have revised the Accelerators for America’s Future website. In addition to serving as a source of information on the uses of accelerators for science and society at large, the updated site provides information on activities and meetings of relevance to both accelerator providers and users, reports of key workshops, and other accelerator-related resources of interest to these communities. Most importantly, the site maintains links to the accelerator-related capabilities of the U.S. national laboratories to facilitate making contact with these institutions in support of the Department of Energy's accelerator R&D stewardship activities.
The Office of High Energy Physics and its accelerator R&D community are enthusiastic about embarking on this broader stewardship mission. We look forward to applying our expertise and skills in support of addressing some of the key economic and societal issues confronting our nation.