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(premiere issue)
AFRD Newsletter
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MARCH 2017

leemansinlab_captioned_150x172y Director's Corner: Workshops Guide the Way
Of all the modern ways to figure out what people want and how they can help make it happen, asking them remains one of the most effective — and getting them all in the same room is ideal for synergy and serendipity and iterative idea-development. That’s why meetings and workshops are a key part of how ATAP operates. Recently we have had a multi-laboratory follow-up to one part of DOE Big Ideas Summit, focusing on the big benefits possible with small accelerators; the LBNL-led U.S. Magnet Development Program refined its priorities and directions at its first general meeting; and the Workshop on the Dynamics of Radiation Effects in Materials spotlighted present and emerging ATAP capabilities.

April will bring an international collaboration meeting on the LHC Accelerator R&D Program (LARP) and the LHC Luminosity Upgrade project, efforts in which ATAP and our partners in the Engineering Division play key roles.

Meanwhile, we have been making ongoing critical contributions to the Linac Coherent Light Source-II project at SLAC, and the recently formed LBNL Project Management Advisory Board has given its highest rating to the LBNL LCLS-II team. Our recently formed Accelerator Modeling Program has published a paper describing a better way to cope with space charge in long-term tracking in high-intensity rings. Longtime expertise in our Fusion Energy and Ion Beam Technology Program is being applied to something that most of us in the accelerator community may not think about very often, but which is of the utmost importance to humankind — agriculture — with a noninvasive technique for in situ soil analysis. And LBNL Director Michael Witherell offers an update on the ALS Upgrade project.

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I invite you to read on and learn more about these efforts as we move toward the opportunities for progress that 2017 will bring.


Leemans_Wim_Headshot_2014_150_captioned Director’s Corner: Years of Laying the Groundwork Led to Today’s Exciting Opportunities
In the top highlight of a year with many candidates for that honor, the Advanced Light Source Upgrade, which is among the Laboratory’s highest prorities and will be among the biggest endeavors in its history, received Critical Decision Zero, the “statement of mission need” from the Department of Energy that marks its beginning as an official project.

We have also been making ongoing critical contributions to major projects elsewhere in the DOE complex, including the Linac Coherent Light Source-II project at SLAC and the High-Luminosity Upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider. These efforts bring together longtime core competencies of ATAP and are reminders of our origin in Lawrence’s collaborative, multidisciplinary team-science approach.

This multi-institutional teamwork may be seen in smaller-scale efforts as well: recent examples described in this issue highlight achievements of our newly constituted Accelerator Modeling Program, which has made a technical breakthrough in a vexing problem together with colleagues at the University of Maryland as well as the University of Hamburg and DESY; and an accelerator stewardship-funded project that teams us with the University of Michigan and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in developing ways to combine high peak power with high average power in ultrafast lasers.

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I invite you to read on and learn more about these efforts, and to take a look back at our 2016 news as we turn our eyes toward new opportunities for progress in 2017.


Leemans_Wim_Headshot_2014_150_captioned Director’s Corner: ALS-U and Other Opportunities
Fall brought wonderful news in the form of Critical Decision Zero for the Advanced Light Source Upgrade: its official beginning as a project, and the start of an exciting journey to a next-generation user facility for the Office of Science, LBNL, and ATAP. Read on to learn more about the R&D prospects unfolding in our future and how we are organizing to meet these challenges, as well as several honors earned recently by our people.

Special Focus on ALS-U as Transformational X-Ray Project Takes a Step Forward

ALS-U Technical Spotlight: Main Ring Lattice
ALS-U Technical Spotlight: On-Axis Swap-Out Injection
ALS-U Technical Spotlight: Pulser
ALS-U Technical Spotlight: Stripline Kicker
ALS-U Technical Spotlight: Harmonic Cavities

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Appointments Position ATAP for New Opportunities

David Robin Named ALS-U Project Director; Fernando Sannibale Becomes Head of ALS Accelerator Physics Program
Jean-Luc Vay to Head New ATAP Program Focusing On Accelerator Modeling
Soren Prestemon Named BCMT Director; Stephen Gourlay US MDP Program Director

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Director’s Corner: Helping Build LBNL’s Future While Contributing Across the DOE Complex

LBNL To Lead National Magnet Development Program
LCLS-II Gun, SXR, HXR Phase Into Production
Data and Modeling Team Up for Intensity at NDCX-II
Unmasking an Iron Man of USPAS
BELLA Center’s Vincenti Honored by ELI

Poster Awards at AAC for Swanson, Kirchen
Diversity in Hiring Task Force Recommends Action Items
Parking Update: Winter Is Coming — Get Ready
Opening Our Eyes to the Risks of Drowsy Driving

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JUNE 2016

BESAC Gives Highest Marks to Proposed ALS Upgrade
Early Career Research Program Awards for Mitchell, van Tilborg
ATAP’s Existing ECRPs: Progress Toward High-Leverage Benefit
PIP-II Receives First Beam; LBNL RFQ Linac Plays Key Role

André Anders Wins Sugerman Award from SVC
A Busy Spring for Outreach and Education Activities
Vehicle Access and Alternative Transportation Update
Learn How to Avoid, Spot, Respond to Heat Stress

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APRIL 2016

LCLS-II Sees CD-2 and -3
Major Milestones for APEX, LCLS-II Injector Source
Berkeley Lab Magnet Help is Key to LHC Upgrade
Workshops Forge Plasma Accelerator Futures

Outreach Events Coming Up — Volunteers Wanted
Communication Channel for Parking and Vehicle Access
ATAP Safety Day Was a Sweeping Success

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LCLS-II Readiness Reviewed; Progress on Undulators, Electron Gun
APEX Capabilities Enable New UED Tool for Materials Science
IBT Expertise Helps Spin Doctors Increase Their Sensitivity
ATAP Helps Measure Antihydrogen’s (Lack of) Charge With Unprecedented Precision
Moore Foundation Backs LPA FEL Work with $2.4M Grant
BELLA Center Demonstrates LPA Staging, Key to Future Goals
Diversity Ideas Wanted; Save the Date for Outreach and Education Activities
Personal Drones, Riding and Charging of Hoverboards Banned at Lab

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Canted Cosine Theta Contributes to Cancer Therapy
Capillaries, Not Quadrupoles, Focus LPA e Beams
New Ion Source Adds Intensity to NDCX-II
R&D Progress and an Added Role in LCLS-II
HiLumi-LHC Enters Construction Phase; ATAP Is There
Honors for Steier, Madur, Lehe
Safety: The Bottom Line—Preventing Fires
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Microfabricated Accelerators for Magnetized-Target Fusion
Do You Have The Recipe for Diversity?
Help Guide 5th Graders through Science Adventures
Quake Preparedness: Are You Ready For “The Big One”?
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JULY 2015

Putting Canted Cosine-Theta To Its First Test
Testing the First Full Prototype of an LCLS-II Undulator
Pushing the Envelope — The Long, Narrow Envelope — of Ion-Sputtering Coating
Volunteer for a Mission to the Adventure Zone
Safety: The Bottom Line


Berkeley Center for Magnet Technology: Bringing Capabilities in Magnets Together

APRIL 2015

“Can Do” on Canted Cosine-Theta Dipoles
National Security on the Move with High Energy Physics
BELLA Simulation Team Receives NERSC HPC Award
LCLS-II Does Well in DOE CD-3b, Cost Reviews
Safety: Always the Bottom Line


APEX is Back and Better than Ever
A High Gradient toward the LHC’s Future
Leveraging Superconducting Magnet Expertise for FELs
Rare Isotopes Start with an Unusual Magnet
Neutralized Drift Compression of Ion Beams: NDCX-II Demonstrates Final Feature
Safety: Always the Bottom Line


BELLA Accelerates Electrons Beyond 4 GeV
APEX Passes Readiness Review for Return to Operation
LCLS-II Undulator and Gun Review
RFQ for IMP-Lanzhou Demonstrated at 10 Milliamperes
The Advent of AEDs in ATAP
Safety: Always the Bottom Line

OCTOBER 2014 (premiere issue)

BELLA Accelerates Electrons Beyond 4 GeV
Incoherent Pulse Combining Could Open Doors for LPAs
Winding the Way to Better Superconducting Magnets
A Critical Decision In Favor of LCLS-II
NDCX-II Reaches Energy Goal of 1.2 MeV
4th Annual Diversity Festival October 30
Electrical Safety: Don’t Take — Or Be — The Path of Least Resistance
“Openness, Feedback, and Perseverance”: Fostering a Culture of Safety
Other Recent News of ATAP Division

AFRD Newsletter

The Accelerator and Fusion Research Division (as ATAP was known until September 2014) published a newsletter for a largely intramural audience from September 2013 until August 2014. The monthly issues are available below.

July-August 2014
The Advanced Light Source comes back from its scheduled summer shutdown with new upgrades. A recap of the Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop. Get To Know Your Colleague: Jeroen van Tilborg. Links of the Month: a new parking policy to help expectant mothers.

June 2014
Scientific opportunities with the intense, pulsed ion beams of the AFRD facility NDCX-II. Daniele Filippetto wins prestigious DOE Early Career Research Program funding. Get To Know Your Colleague: Chuck Swenson. Links of the Month: Live video feed from the International Space Station and a guide to seeing it fly over,

May 2014
Remarks on our reorganization by Division Director Wim Leemans. An appreciation of the life and career of the late Andy Sessler by retired AFRD Director and now US Particle Accelerator School Director Bill Barletta. Andre Anders wins the Dyke Award, the highest honor of the International Symposia on Discharge and Electrical Insulation in Vacuum (ISDEIV). A recap of Daughters and Sons to Work Day.

April 2014
Highlights of recent improvements to the ALS. Mission of the Physical Sciences Directorate Workplace Life Committee. Get To Know Your Colleague: Russell Wilcox. Link of the Month: Workplace Climate Survey results.

A milestone for the Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment (MICE). Andre Anders wins the Dyke Award, the highest honor of the International Symposia on Discharge and Electrical Insulation in Vacuum (ISDEIV). Get To Know Your Colleague: Arun Persaud. Link of the Month: Universe Today article on the direct evidence for cosmic inflation.

February 2014
Wim Leemans named AFRD Director. Steve Gourlay elected vice-chair of American Physical Society, Division of Physics of Beams. Get To Know Your Colleague: Joe Riley. Link of the Month: Google Maps goes underground in the Large Hadron Collider tunnel.

January 2014
Andrew Sessler wins DOE’s Enrico Fermi Award. Steve Gourlay elected vice-chair of American Physical Society, Division of Physics of Beams. Get To Know Your Colleague: James Swanson. Link of the Month: The Particle Adventure.

December 2013
Fernando Sannibale named a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Canted Cosine-Theta (CCT) superconducting magnet. Get To Know Your Colleague: Alex Ratti. Link of the Month: Harvard test for implicit biases.

November 2013
Advanced Light Source pseudo-single-bunch operation with adjustable frequency. Back-up for children (and adult) dependent caregivers offered through LBNL. Get To Know Your Colleague: Hamed Tarawneh. Link of the Month:

October 2013
The LBNL Center for Science and Engineering Education marks its 25th birthday with a new name: the Workforce Development and Education Office. North American Particle Accelerator Conference overview. Get To Know Your Colleague: Herb Toor. Link of the Month: New York Times Magazine article on women in science.

September 2013
The premiere issue. Acoustic emissions serve as superconducting-magnet quench diagnostics. Advanced Light Source Sextupole Upgrade completed successfully. Get To Know Your Colleague: Steve Gourlay. Link of the Month: Maglev model train on a Möbius strip.