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February 2021 HL-LHC receives CD-3 approval. Innovative plasma mirror to measure LPA electron beams. FESAC strategic plan. Testing of Nb3Sn undulator. Ludewigt named in Secretary of Energy’s Achievement Award. AAC Seminar Series is a virtual success. 3Q4: Marlene Turner and Simon Leemann.
December 2020 Laser-plasma microsource enables bi-modal imaging. HL-LHC AUP recommended for CD-3. Labs in the Time of COVID: A Day in the Life. Extensive ATAP participation in virtual APS-DPB meeting. Xiaorong Wang, Tengming Shen Elected to Applied Superconductivity Conference board. 3Q4: Axel Huebl and Martha Condon.
November 2020 Labs in the Time of COVID: A Day in the Life. HL-LHC AUP Fermilab Director’s Review. LaserNetUS funding renewed. Virtual presence at Applied Superconductivity Conference. ATAP contributes to ALS during annual shutdown.
August 2020 ATAP, Engineering technology contributes to first light at LCLS-II. Laser, biosciences researchers collaborate on COVID-19-relevant droplet research. ECRP for Tong Zhou.
April 2020 Tri-lab collaboration sets magnetic field record for accelerator focusing magnets with niobium-tin quadrupole for High-Luminosity LHC; ATAP, Molecular Foundry collaborate on new electron source with beams as fast as those available now but 100 times smaller.
March 2020 Ionization cooling demonstrated; ALS-U granted CD-3a; ATAP instructors play key roles at USPAS.
December 2019 Machine learning applied successfully to feedforward beam-size stabilization at Advanced Light Source. ATAP science and technology highlights of 2019.
October 2019 Innovative control and stabilization technique enables spatially coherent combining of ultrafast laser pulses. LCLS-II injector source transitions to operations. DOE committee recommends CD-3a for ALS-U. Excellence in Accelerators video.
July 2019 First electrons from LCLS-II gun; cold fusion revisited; prospective gamma-ray source based on laser-electron collisions. Tips on beating the heat this summer.
April 2019 Breakthrough in computational study of laser-plasma interactions. First Workshop on Instrumentation and Diagnostics for Superconducting Magnets. Safety Day recap.
February 2019 New laser-plasma electron energy record at BELLA: 8 GeV. Meet the new BELLA leadership team. Berkeley Lab joins LaserNetUS. Physics Nobel cites BELLA. Lasers, modeling, and US Magnet Development Program cited among year’s highlights by APS-DPB. Synergies of fusion science, quantum computing explored in workshop report. Lab hosts Diffraction-Limited Storage Rings Workshop.
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December 2017 October 2017 August 2017 June 2017 April 2017 March 2017
December 2016 October 2016 August 2016 June 2016 April 2016 February 2016
November 2015 September 2015 July 2015 June 2015 April 2015 February 2015
December 2014 October 2014
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AFRD Newsletter, September 2013-August 2014


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.