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Accelerators are built, operated, and used by a large and diverse worldwide community. These links will take you to resources elsewhere that are related to our work.

From the early “atom smashers” to the colliders of today and beyond, the late LBNL Director-Emeritus Andrew Sessler, together with CERN’s Ted Wilson, bring our field’s technologies and personalities to life in Engines of Discovery: A Century of Particle Accelerators. The deepest roots of the ATAP Division and of LBNL are among the stories woven through this narrative.

The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, is the principal supporter of our activities (and many other R&D endeavors to serve the nation’s needs). One of their resources is the Accelerators for America’s Future website. Other DOE pages especially useful for understanding what we do cover their programs in accelerator R&D stewardship and R&D on advanced technology.

Despite the pervasive usefulness of the Web (invented by the accelerator lab CERN), face-to-face interaction and the synergies of gathering together are vital to the accelerator community. Many of the meetings in the field are organized, and their Proceedings published by, the Joint Accelerator Conferences Website Collaboration (JACoW).

The International Committee for Future Accelerators, the American Physical Society’s Division of Physics of Beams, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering’s Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society are among the organizations that advance, encourage, and communicate accelerator and beam science.

The Laboratory’s 50th Anniversary magazine gives an overview of the early and middle history of LBNL. Two of its authors later published the longer scholarly history Lawrence And His Laboratory, Vol. 1 (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989), ISBN 0520064267.

The US Particle Accelerator School provides professional educational opportunities (on an audit or undergraduate or graduate credit basis) in accelerator and beam science and technology. is a resource for those interested in storage-ring-based light sources like our ALS and the new frontiers in light sources such as LCLS-II.