Three researchers at Berkeley Lab Laser Accelerator (BELLA) Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Researchers discuss an electron injector beamline

Our core research programs lead and innovate in advanced computer modeling, potentially game-changing acceleration concepts, superconducting magnets, applications to fusion energy and the uses of ion beams, and the controls and instrumentation that make these complex systems-of-systems possible.

Researchers hold a compact linac

Today’s team science extends across organizational boundaries. We contribute to major accelerator-based and accelerator-adjacent projects throughout the Department of Energy complex and beyond. We work closely with other Berkeley Lab organizations to solve problems using accelerators and beams.

Machining head forms and compresses strands of superconducting wire into a hard flat cable

In a flagship example of ATAP’s national-level program leadership, we serve as headquarters of the multi-institutional U.S. Magnet Development Program (USMDP). Sponsored by the DOE’s Office of High Energy Physics, USMDP focuses on advanced magnets and materials that will bring both higher performance and cost-effectiveness to the colliders of the future.

Computer modeling output shows proton production

In many cases, multiple ATAP programs and centers contribute to a strategic priority of the Laboratory and the compelling issues of our times. Examples include the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the development of hardware foundations for quantum computing, and the quest for clean, limitless fusion energy.

Opening screen from the Excellence in Accelerators video

We trace our roots to the origins of the Laboratory and the dual legacies of its founder Ernest Orlando Lawrence: the first circular particle accelerator and interdisciplinary team science. Learn more about our history, accomplishments, and vision with the video “Excellence in Accelerators.” 

New Technique Could Help Build Quantum Computers of the Future Preventing Magnet Meltdowns Before They Can Start First U.S.-Built Focusing Magnet for LHC Upgrade Arrives at CERN Montage of the covers of strategic plans against an abstract background