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The Center for Bright Beams, A National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center

Knowledge transfer

The insights gained by CBB enable our partners to improve the performance and reduce the cost of accelerator technologies for industry.

An important component of CBB ‘s mission is to transfer knowledge to industry partners through the incorporation of CBB discoveries and designs into a new generation of accelerators and commercialized products and by training the next generation of scientists and technicians to bring these skills to industry and national lab partners.

CBB experts in diverse fields collaborate to achieve new scientific breakthroughs in understanding the fundamental issues that govern beam brightness. These insights will enable our knowledge transfer partners to improve the performance and reduce the cost of accelerator technologies and to develop new research instruments that transform the frontiers of biology, materials science, condensed matter physics, particle physics, and nuclear physics, as well as new manufacturing tools that enable chipmakers to continue shrinking the features of integrated circuits.

Radiabeam Technologies of Santa Monica, California manufactures particle accelerator components (such as photoinjector guns and RF cavities), diagnostic tools, and turnkey accelerator systems for radiography, sterilization, and irradiation. Radiabeam wants to explore with CBB the technologies needed for an MeV ultrafast electron microscope. Radiabeam already collaborates with CBB researchers at UCLA.

Integrated Dynamic Electron Solutions (IDES) of Pleasanton, California develops cathode and illumination systems for dynamic transmission electron microscopes that can generate high-resolution images of nanomaterials at fast time scales with high throughput. IDES wants to collaborate with CBB to develop photocathodes and beam transport techniques that preserve brightness and correct chromatic blur.

The development of high-brightness electron beam sources is of significant interest to the semiconductor industry as a whole and has the potential to enable ground-breaking technology. In support of the center, GLOBALFOUNDRIES actively plans to engage Cornell regarding both the development of high-brightness electron beams and their infrastructure as well as provide feedback regarding future applications within the semiconductor industry.

At General Electric Global Research, we support Cornell University in their efforts towards a Center for Bright Beams. Our future explorations in healthcare, power generation, aviation, oil & gas, and other technology investments may leverage the advanced technology promised by their innovations. We anticipate drawing on this team’s experience to identify solutions directly relevant to GE’s technical challenges.

ASML will work with the Center to identify the technical challenges in accelerator science that are relevant to us, and look forward to interactions and knowledge transfer with the Center through workshops, conferences, publications and service on advisory committees. One goal of the Center is the training of students and post-docs, and ASML welcomes the opportunity to interact with this cadre of young scientists, who have talents and capabilities that we value in our workforce. Through internships, we will give some of these students and postdocs an opportunity to experience the ASMLenvironment first-hand.