The main purpose of this Student Target Workshop is to expose students and postdoctoral individuals to the techniques and principles employed in the preparation of the accelerator targets needed for nuclear physics experiments. Lectures and hands-on training, presented by scientists from academia, industry and national laboratories, include basic target preparation by physical vapor deposition, electron beam deposition, pour casting, rolling, and floating. Critical discussions on isotopic compositions, metal reductions, substrate preparation, and foil thickness determination will also be presented. Additionally, students will tour the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) and have meet-and-greets with scientists running the experimental systems at ATLAS.
The School is jointly conducted by the Argonne National Laboratory Educational Programs and Outreach Division; the Center for Accelerator Target Science (CATS) and Physics Division; and Center for Excellence in Nuclear Training and University-Based Research.
The School is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Nuclear Physics and the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration.
The workshop accepts 16 applicants, targeting:
- Graduate students and postdoctoral individuals attending U.S. universities and institutions.
- Those using accelerator targets in their research (typically getting a degree in physics, chemistry, material science, engineering, or related fields).
- Priority will be given to U.S. citizens and nationals.
- Students/Postdocs from universities in states that are underrepresented in federal research funding are encouraged to apply.