Researchers discuss an electron injector beamline

Our six core research programs lead and innovate in advanced computer modeling; accelerator physics to enhance Berkeley Lab’s Advanced Light Source; laser-plasma acceleration; superconducting magnets; fusion energy science and the applications of ion beams; and the controls and instrumentation that make complex systems-of-systems possible.

A group of ATAP researchers and staff outside a superconducting magnet facility with a scenic view in the background

In addition to contributing expertise and technology to many interdisciplinary investigations within and outside Berkeley Lab, we play key roles in major DOE projects, including the Advanced Light Source Upgrade at Berkeley Lab, the High-Luminosity upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider, and LCLS-II HE, advancing the Laboratory and DOE mission by creating the infrastructure of discovery.

Computer modeling output shows proton production

ATAP’s work aims to make a real difference in society. Our multiprogram contributions address many of today’s societally significant opportunities, from fusion energy and quantum information science to developing and applying artificial intelligence/machine learning and establishing hardware foundations for quantum information science.

We lead the USMDP, which includes Fermilab, the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, and Brookhaven National Laboratory, to develop cost-effective, high-field magnets for high-energy physics colliders. We also conduct advanced magnet R&D for related endeavors (e.g., fusion).

Scientific articles in the refereed literature are among the most important ways we communicate our discoveries.