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March 30, 2017

New Electron Microscope Sees More

January 28, 2017


Last week CBB members gathered at a workshop at the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics at UCLA. CBB members Amie Wilkinson, Young-Kee Kim, and Vadim Kaloshin conceived the workshop, "Beam Dynamics", which was attended by about 50 mathematicians and physicists from across the country. For a week, they brainstormed mathematical methods for optimizing beam transport and storage to preserve brighter beams, and CBB members planned their strategies for leading the charge.

December 15, 2016


The Center for Bright Beams is mid-launch, and it is time to get plans into place. On December 13-14, the senior members of the Center met to do just that. With the help of Giant Leap, a consulting firm appointed by the NSF, CBB faculty from nine institutions used magic markers, easel charts, sticky dots, and breakout groups to fashion plans for each of the Center’s focus areas. At the end of the two days, they emerged with a clear roadmap for the research, including photocathode development, better SRF cavities, and approaches to transporting and storing beams, as well a maelstrom of ideas for educating students in an interdisciplinary approach to accelerator physics, increasing the representation of traditionally underrepresented groups in science, transferring its discoveries to industry and other labs, and sharing the excitement of accelerators with the public.


CBB’s research is united by the goal of brighter electron beams, and the impact could be enormous. Brighter beams could allow movies of molecules in action, such as rhodopsin, a light sensitive protein found in the human eye; they could increase homeland security by making it possible to x-ray freight; they could enable the mass production of very compact chips for future computers and personal electronics; and they extend the scientific reach of future colliders and x-rays sources. With its plans in place thanks to the retreat, CBB is ready for count down!

September 26, 2016


$23M NSF grant powers new science and technology center

Ritchie Patterson, professor of physics and principal investigator for the Center for Bright Beams..

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