The potential of accelerators is boundless, so accelerator research is a strong draw for early-career scientists. Perhaps this explains why Mike Syphers, an NIU research professor of physics, has yet to see a saturated demand for accelerator scientists, even as large projects have come and gone.
The U.S. Particle Accelerator School, he noted, attracts near-record-setting numbers of students every year. Fermilab hosts and manages this national, graduate-level program, which provides training and workforce development in the science and technology of charged-particle accelerators and associated systems.
Multiple training programs will help develop young scientists to help realize the field’s future plans.
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USPAS alumnus Bryan Ramson is interviewed by Fermi Today.
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USPAS alumnus Siqi Li of Stanford University received the 2020 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Beam Physics Award from the Division of Physics of Beams of the American Physical Society "for seminal contributions in laser shaping of electron beams in photocathode RF guns and for laser streaking measurements of attosecond pulses in X-ray Free-Electron Lasers." This award is given annually and recognizes doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement in beam physics and engineering. Siqi will receive the award and present a talk at a meeting of the APS Division of Physics of Beams. The award was established in 1990 by the Division of Physics of Beams and is supported by Brookhaven Science Associates, Fermi Research Associates, and Southeastern Universities Research Association/Jefferson Lab.
USPAS faculty member Laura Fields and alumnus Jonathan Jarvis received the 2020 DOE Early Career Research Award, a prestigious award designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early years, when many scientists do their most formative work.
USPAS faculty member Bruce Carlsten of Los Alamos National Laboratory received the 2020 Robert R. Wilson Prize for Achievement in the Physics of Particle Accelerators from the Division of Physics of Beams of the American Physical Society "for the discovery and subsequent implementation of emittance compensation in photoinjectors that has enabled the development of high brightness, X-ray free electron lasers such as the Linac Coherent Light Source." Created to recognize and encourage outstanding achievement in the physics of particle accelerators, this prestigious prize was established in 1986 by friends of Robert R. Wilson, the Division of Particles and Fields, and the Division of Physics of Beams.
William Barletta has written a textbook inspired by his USPAS class “Strategic Management of Research Labs". This entry-level graduate text describes a tested top-down enterprise-wide approach to managing organizations with a predominant portion of their product being scientific or technological research. It focuses on executive performance and strategic forecasting and planning; goal-setting; communications and marketing, and operations management to realize strategic objectives. This book will be of interest to entrepreneurs, established scientists and engineers and to those studying toward an MBA with specialization in research institutions and major research infrastructures, preparing them to move from research or academia into their first managerial position. It also provides valuable advice and guidance for established middle and senior management in established research enterprises.
Xiaobiao Huang has written a textbook inspired by his USPAS class “Beam-based Diagnostics”….. The book, “Beam-based Correction and Optimization for Accelerators” provides systematic coverage of the beam-based techniques that accelerator physicists use to improve the performance of large particle accelerators, including synchrotrons and linacs. It begins by discussing the basic principles of accelerators, before exploring the various error sources in accelerators and their impact on the machine's performances. The book then demonstrates the latest developments of beam-based correction techniques that can be used to address such errors and covers the new and expanding area of beam-based optimization. This book is an ideal, accessible reference book for physicists working on accelerator design and operation, and for postgraduate studying accelerator physics.
Alumni Mohamed Hassan and Donato Passarelli are featured for developing an innovative process called balloon tuning to reshape cavities:
The innovative use of balloons provides a new, patented way for engineers to shape the metal heart of particle accelerators. Many particle accelerators use structures called cavities, which provide the kick needed to accelerate particles to higher and higher energies as the particles barrel through one after the other. Situated deep inside an accelerator and cooled by a shell containing liquid helium, cavities have to be just the right shape and size to boost particles to the desired energies. Even small differences in the shape of these metal chambers make large differences in the electric fields that are generated inside the cavities to push particles to greater speeds. Faced with one particular cavity that was too misshaped to use and inaccessible because of its metal shell, Fermilab engineers Mohamed Hassan and Donato Passarelli got an idea: What if you could reshape a cavity without removing the surrounding shell? They went to work, developing an innovative process called balloon tuning.
Alumnus and instructor Charles Thangaraj was named one of Halo's "40 under 40 Chicago Scientists":
More than half of cancer patients receive radiation as part of treatment, but current methods rely on complicated machinery and outdated technology. Dr. Charles Thangaraj and his team at Fermilab are developing compact and powerful sources of electron beams based on “deep tech” advances in superconductivity and particle acceleration technology that could significantly reduce the costs of radiation therapy.
Tom Katsouleas will be the next president of the University of Connecticut. “Tom is clearly the right candidate at the right time to lead UConn forward, and we are delighted he has decided to come to Connecticut,” said University of Connecticut Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas Kruger.
Tom taught at UCLA, the University of Southern California, was the Dean of Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering and was the Executive Vice President and Provost at the University of Virginia, but perhaps is best known for being a USPAS faculty member.
UCLA undergraduate student River Robles was selected to receive a scholarship to attend our summer 2019 session from RadiaSoft LLC. RadiaSoft scientists simulate vacuum chambers, particle accelerators, radiation shielding, X-ray beamlines, thermionic converters, electron beam welding and other systems for industry, universities and national labs. They deliver software solutions via Sirepo, their open source framework for cloud computing, https://github.com/radiasoft/sirepo, which is used to develop intuitive browser-based GUIs for a wide range of high-performance codes. Sirepo.com is their free Science Gateway for particle accelerator and X-ray beamline design. Sirepo/Elegant and Sirepo/Synergia have been used to teach accelerator physics at USPAS and in South Korea. Sirepo/SRW is used for classroom education at La Trobe University in Australia. Congratulations, River!
In an interview by the Adler Planetarium's "Chicago's Black Women in STEAM" series, Jessica Esquivel talks about what sparked her interest in physics, how to make STEAM more accessible to minorities and how the USPAS 'Storage Rings for Precision Physics Applications -- Muon g-2' class was an "a-ha" moment in her career.
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USPAS alumnus Sam Posen is interviewed by Fermi Today.
Congratulations to Elisabeth Renner, TU Vienna (left) and Michelle Miller, Indiana University (right) for being selected by the APS DPB to receive a scholarship to attend our June session in Albuquerque. The American Physical Society (APS) Division of Physics of Beams (DPB) is the world’s largest and oldest (est. 1985) professional association of accelerator physics and engineers. The DPB is dedicated to the advancement and diffusion of knowledge regarding the nature and behavior of beams and the instruments for their production. The DPB promotes education in beam science and technology, and provides targeted support and networking opportunities for junior members. For membership opportunities please visit https://www.aps.org/membership/.
Announcements about future DPB scholarships will be made via our website.
Alumnus and instructor Todd Satogata who is "Committed to the Future of Scientists and Science" is interviewed by Jefferson Lab.
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J. Donald Cossairt and Matthew Quinn of Fermilab have written a textbook based on their USPAS course: “Accelerator Radiation Physics for Personnel and Environmental Protection”. This text is a comprehensive reference for accelerator designers, operators, managers, health and safety staff, and governmental regulators. Up-to-date with the latest developments in the field, it allows readers to effectively work together to ensure radiation safety for workers, to protect the environment, and adhere to all applicable standards and regulations.
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USPAS alumnus Sergey Antipov of CERN received the 2018 Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Beam Physics Award from the Division of Physics of Beams of the American Physical Society "for experimental studies and analysis of the electron cloud build-up and corresponding instability in accelerators with combined function magnets and for the development of an effective mitigation technique applied in the Fermilab's Recycler ring" This award is given annually and recognizes doctoral thesis research of outstanding quality and achievement in beam physics and engineering. Siqi will receive the award and present a talk at a meeting of the APS Division of Physics of Beams. The award was established in 1990 by the Division of Physics of Beams and is supported by Brookhaven Science Associates, Fermi Research Associates, and Southeastern Universities Research Association/Jefferson Lab.
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Dan Green of Fermilab has written a textbook inspired by his USPAS class “MATLAB for Physics”. The book "Beams and Accelerators with MATLAB" (World Scientific Publishers) explores a first introduction to particle beams and accelerators. It uses the suite of tools made available in the MATLAB package. Since many colleges have a site wide license, these tools are often freely available to students. The text is compact and focuses on graphical data display and dynamical "movies" as an aid to understanding specific systems. Hands on dialogue using command line inputs, "apps", and "live" tools are stressed. The extensive algebraic steps are subsumed into the associated scripts, where the symbolic math utilities spare the reader from the math manipulations. Both beams and periodic structures are covered. Dispersion, insertions, acceleration and light sources are discussed.
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Gennady Stupakov and Gregory Penn of SLAC have written a textbook based on their USPAS course: “Classical Mechanics and Electromagnetism in Accelerator Physics” . This text is intended for graduate students who are beginning to explore the field of accelerator physics, but is also recommended for those who are familiar with particle accelerators but wish to delve further into the theory underlying some of the more pressing concerns in their design and operation. It includes exercises and discusses a broad range of selected topics from classical mechanics and electromagnetic theory that inform key issues related to modern accelerators.
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University of Colorado, Boulder graduate student Natalie Mujica-Schwahn was selected to receive a special scholarship to attend our winter 2019 session from RadiaBeam Technologies, LLC a high-tech company specializing in accelerator technology, instrumentation, and applications. The company was founded in 2004 as a spin-off of the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy with the mission of bringing high impact, innovative accelerator science concepts from lab to market. Today, RadiaBeam is an internationally-recognized supplier of high-quality accelerator systems and components, with a diverse product line that includes RF structures, magnets, diagnostics, complete accelerator beamlines, complete linac systems, OEM linac structures and betatrons. RadiaBeam also has an active research program focused on novel beam instrumentation, advanced accelerators and light sources, new commercial accelerator systems, homeland security applications, and novel manufacturing techniques. Congratulations, Natalie!
Columbia University graduate student Jonathan Ang Sixian was selected to receive a special scholarship to attend our winter 2019 session from RadiaSoft LLC. RadiaSoft scientists simulate vacuum chambers, particle accelerators, radiation shielding, X-ray beamlines, thermionic converters, electron beam welding and other systems for industry, universities and national labs. They deliver software solutions via Sirepo, their open source framework for cloud computing, https://github.com/radiasoft/sirepo, which is used to develop intuitive browser-based GUIs for a wide range of high-performance codes. Sirepo.com is their free Science Gateway for particle accelerator and X-ray beamline design. Sirepo/Elegant and Sirepo/Synergia have been used to teach accelerator physics at USPAS and in South Korea. Sirepo/SRW is used for classroom education at La Trobe University in Australia. Congratulations, Jonathan!
USPAS alumnus Daniel Bowring was one of three Fermilab scientists to receive the 2018 DOE Early Career Research Award, a prestigious award designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early years, when many scientists do their most formative work.Read more here...
Stephen Peggs of Brookhaven National Lab and Todd Satogata of Jefferson Lab have written a textbook titled “Introduction to Accelerator Dynamics”. This introductory text presents a detailed account of the field of accelerator physics, including particle acceleration, collision and beam dynamics, and the important engineering considerations inherent in the effective construction and operation of particle accelerators. It is appropriate for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, accelerator scientists, and engineers.
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Katherine Woodruff and Sebastian Szustkowski wrote the tutorial "Stern-Gerlach Elegant Simulation" as their final report for Richard Talman and Charles Thangaraj's recent Electrostatic Storage Rings course.
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"Electrostatic Storage Rings” class photo, January 2017
Kwang-Je Kim and Ryan Lindberg from Argonne National Lab and Zhirong Huang from SLAC National Accelerator Lab have written a new textbook titled “Synchrotron Radiation and Free-Electron Lasers: Principles of Coherent X-Ray Generation”, based on course materials they developed for their wildly popular USPAS class “Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers for Bright X-Rays”.
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"Synchrotron Radiation and Free Electron Lasers for Bright X-Rays” class photo, June 2016
USPAS instructor and alumnus Arden Warner was awarded the "Barbados Golden Jubilee Award for Innovation and Technology" from Barbados Governor General Elliott Belgrave. The award was given in recognition of Warner's contributions to innovative energy research in solar and wind energy, in addition to his contributions to oil spill remediation technology.
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At our summer 2016 session, Prof. Andrei Seryi again taught the course "Unifying Physics of Accelerators, Lasers and Plasma – Synergy and Bridges." As a class project, Prof. Seryi’s students designed a novel light source based on a laser-plasma accelerator. They then wrote a paper detailing their idea for submission to the 2016 North American Particle Accelerator Conference. The paper was selected for an oral presentation and the talk was given by Marlene Turner, a PhD candidate from CERN.
Congratulations to Andrei and to his entire class for their work. This is a first for a USPAS course.
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Pictured from left to right are some of the students from Prof. Seryi's class: James Gerity, Marlene Turner, (Prof. Seryi), Auralee Edelen, and Chun Yan "Jonathan" Wong.
Photo Credit: Linda DeVito. Class photo is available here.
The Washington Post wrote a terrific article about how USPAS faculty member and alumnus Tim Koeth is attracting students by sharing his love of Cyclotrons. He'll be bringing his yellow extension cord to Rohnert Park, California in January when he teaches "Cyclotrons and Their Design" for our winter session which is sponsored by UC Davis. Read the full story here....
Photo Credit: Andre Chung/For The Washington Post
With eleven USPAS courses between them, Daniel Bowring and Charles Thangaraj already know about "rigorous and demanding" programs. But they learned even more while taking part in Lab-Corps. Lab-Corps (funded by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy) is a "DOE training program that enables scientists at national labs to spot technologies that have potential for commercialization."
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Left to right are Daniel Bowring and Jayakar "Charles" Thangaraj
Derek Lowenstein (Former Chair of the USPAS Board of Governors and long-time Board member) is being honored by ACFA for “For his many years of leadership in the accelerator field especially that in the AGS Booster and BNL Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). He led the construction of the AGS Booster, which culminated in the world-record proton intensity in the AGS. This work also formed the basis for the establishment of the NASA Space Radiation Laboratory. He was instrumental in realizing this dedicated facility to study radiobiological effects important to human spaceflight to Mars or other planetary missions. He continued his leadership in overseeing the commissioning, operation and upgrades of RHIC, the world’s first heavy ion and polarized proton particle collider. RHIC is a highly successful accelerator facility with its unprecedented flexibility and outstanding luminosity performance.”
Upon the 25th anniversary of the Division of Physics of Beams, Stan Schriber writes about USPAS Director Emeritus Mel Month and the birth of the DPB in their 2015 Newsletter. Read full article...
Mel Month "retired" from the Division of Physics of Beams in 1999.
USPAS instructor and alumnus Chris Tennant has two articles published in Popular Photography.
"New York, Forever Wild" and
"Tips from a Pro: Create Inspired Nature Photography".
Photo Credit: Chris Tennant
USPAS instructor Don Cossairt (far right) was presented with a Lifetime Achievement
Award for Accelerator Safety by the Department of Energy's Office of Science.
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Photo Credit: Reidar Hahn, Fermilab
Noting that the United States Particle Accelerator School "plays a key role in training the next generation
of researchers and practitioners who are skilled in harnessing the research potential of particle accelerator
technology to advance science and engineering across a broad spectrum of disciplines and applications," the
Department of Energy's Office of Science charged the High Energy Physics Advisory Panel to perform a
retrospective review to evaluate the effectiveness and cumulative impact of USPAS as well as to assess the
overall quality and breadth of the USPAS program.
"USPAS very effectively delivers both training and workforce development. USPAS's effectiveness derives from an organizational model responsive to the workforce development and training needs of the DOE laboratories that simultaneously addresses key needs for workforce development and training." Read entire report...
USPAS instructor and alumnus Arden Warner patents new technology to clean oil spills. See more info at EMOP.fnal.gov
From SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory....A featured article about USPAS faculty member, 2011 Achievement Prize recipient and alumnus Zhirong Huang of SLAC and Stanford University. Read full article...
As reported by Oak Ridge National Lab's "Highlights", when the University of Tennessee Knoxville sponsored the winter 2014 USPAS session, several ORNL staff members took advantage of the opportunity to give back to the USPAS by teaching courses. Oak Ridge also generously arranged a tour of their facilities. Read full article...
From the Indiana University "Newsroom".....SY Lee, Professor of Physics at Indiana University and former USPAS Director was awarded the USPAS Lifetime Achievement Award in Accelerator Physics and Technology in 2013. Read full article...
Read the paper published by William Barletta, Swapan Chattopadhyay and Andrei Seryi published in the
Reviews of Accelerator Science and Technology.
"Accelerator science and technology is inherently an integrative discipline that combines aspects of physics, computational science, electrical and mechanical engineering. As few universities offer full academic programs, the education of accelerator physicists and engineers for the future has primarily relied on a combination of on-the-job training supplemented with intense courses at regional accelerator schools. This paper describes the approaches being used to satisfy the educational interests of a growing number of interested physicists and engineers." Read full paper...
In 2010, Physics Today ran the story "Accelerator School Travels University Circuit". The article talks about the impact the USPAS has in the area of accelerator education. Read full article...
Symmetry Magazine explains how the USPAS allows accelerator physicists a
chance to share their knowledge with the next generation of scientists and engineers.
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"Mike Syphers teaches accelerator science not only to physicists, but also to people working in medical, military, and manufacturing fields."
Photo Credit: Reidar Hahn, Fermilab