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High Energy Physics

Argonne Wakefield Accelerator Facility

The Argonne Wakefield Accelerator (AWA) is a premier electron accelerator with the world’s highest bunch charge to carry out fundamental accelerator research with an emphasis on wakefield acceleration.

The mission of the AWA R&D program is to develop the science and technology of electron beam-driven wakefield acceleration to enable performance breakthroughs for future linear colliders and other advanced accelerators applications. It aspires to create an environment and run a facility that fosters a world leading accelerator science program and develop the technologies for future accelerators while enabling a broad user research program and enabling the cost-effective construction of a new high-energy e+e- collider. 

Argonne Wakefield Accelerator Virtual Tour


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