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Physical Sciences and Engineering

Accelerator Development

Our accelerator development group conducts a broad range of accelerator R&D to advance technologies for future DOE facilities and other applications.

The R&D program specializes in RF superconductivity for accelerators and is a recognized world leader in the application of this technology to ion accelerators.

The Accelerator Development group has unique expertise in superconducting linear accelerators for ions, spanning concept, design, fabrication, commissioning, and operation. The impact of the group’s work is seen worldwide with major accelerator hardware and technology operating in ion linear accelerators at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University, Inter-University Accelerator Centre (IUAC) in New Delhi, Florida State University, and the Italian Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN) Legnaro. The group also plans to incorporate their transformative technologies into other facilities at Argonne, with the upgrade of the Advanced Photon Source (APS), and future contributions to accelerator systems for FRIB, the future U.S. Electron Ion Collider and in other facilities around the world.

The ATLAS program continues to advance ion linear accelerator technology to provide beams with higher intensity and excellent quality. We address operational issues and enhance the facility’s capabilities through strategic and continuous accelerator improvement projects. We are investigating technical and research issues relating to acceleration of beams of short-lived nuclei.

Kaela Villafania
Thomas McDonald

Gary Zinkann