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

For Undergraduate Students



Bright x-ray and electron beams power today’s scientific research industry. With  18 faculty across multiple institutions and disciplines, CBB provides a stimulating academic environment that fosters collaboration. One in three Nobel Prizes in Physics and Chemistry are awarded to research that utilizes intense X-ray or particle beams.

CBB's undergraduate research program provides students with an introduction to the field of accelerator physics and its outstanding challenges while also encouraging interested students to pursue a graduate degree in an accelerator-related field. During the semester or over the summer, students work alongside faculty, postdocs, and graduate students on carefully selected research topics. They also participate in group and theme meetings to learn about other's research and to present their own research.

Students who choose careers in accelerator science are in high demand at national laboratories and in industry. They contribute to producing better particle beams for scientific research, environmental applications such as waste water treatment, and to meet cutting edge industry needs.

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CBB Faculty Expertise

Faculty Member Expertise and Interests University
Arias, Tomás
 Development of novel first principles ab initio condensed matter methods to address questions not previously addressed, with a wide range of interests from fundamental aspects of electrochemical reactions, vibrational life-times of carbon nanotubes, to superconductivity and high-order many-body processes in materials.
Cornell University
Biedron, Sandra AI/Machine learning, accelerator and laser physics and engineering, systems engineering University of New Mexico
Chubenko, Oksana Modeling and simulation of physical processes in photocathodes and their effect on the beam brightness. Epitaxial growth and advanced characterization of thin film photocathodes.  Northern Illinois University
Hennig, Richard  Machine Learning and ab initio methods for materials University of Florida
Hines, Melissa Surface chemistry Cornell University
Karkare, Siddharth Accelerator physics, photoemission physics, solid-state physics Arizona State University
Liepe, Matthias Superconductivity, particle acceleration, accelerator physics Cornell University
Maxson, Jared Electron sources, electron beam dynamics, ultrafast electron, light, matter interactions. Cornell University
Muller, David Applying machine learning and accelerator methods to make better electron microscopes, and applying electron microscopes to make better materials for accelerators Cornell University
Musumeci, Pietro Accelerator and beam physics,  laser acceleration, free-electron lasers, ultrafast electron scattering.  UCLA
Piot, Philippe Beam physics Northern Illinois University
Shen, Kyle Condensed matter physics Cornell University
Sibener, Steven Prof. Sibener has many interests, with focus currently on surface chemistry and physics, materials research, SRF materials growth, nanoscience, physical chemistry, atomic level microscopy and spectroscopy University of Chicago