Center for Bright Beams: Research

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At the Center for Bright Beams (CBB), our overarching research goal is to increase the intensity ("brightness") of beams of charged particles by two orders of magnitude while decreasing the cost of key accelerator technologies.

Research Themes

Beam Production

beam-prod.jpg Develop electron sources that increase beam brightness by a factor of 100.

Beam Acceleration

srf_bw.jpg Develop next-generation superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities that outperform today's cavities by a factor of ten in cryogenic efficiency and by a factor of two in accelerating field strength.

Beam Transport & Storage
beam-storage.jpg Develop a) beam transport systems that preserve beam brightness in electron microscopes and in linear accelerators and b) beam optics that increase equilibrium beam intensity in electron storage rings for light sources and for high energy physics.

Beam Integration
beam_integration3.jpg Integration of methods for optimization of high performance accelerator systems.

Research Achievements


Single-shot reconstruction of core 4D phase space of high-brightness electron beams using metal grids

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Vortex Dynamics and Losses Due to Pinning: Dissipation from Trapped Magnetic Flux in Resonant Superconducting Radio-Frequency Cavities