From the Cornell Chronicle, March 16, 2021: Fermilab’s Sam Posen has joined the Center for Bright Beams to develop the next generation of superconducting materials that will greatly reduce the costs associated with operating large particle accelerators and lessen their environmental impact.
From Mirage, March 15, 2021: Sam Posen, scientist and deputy division head at Fermi and affiliate at CBB is included this story on creating more environmentally friendly accelerators for the future.
A Fermilab team has completed tests for a crucial superconducting segment for the PIP-II particle accelerator, the future heart of the Fermilab accelerator chain. The segment, called a cryomodule, will be one of many, but this is the first to be fully designed, assembled and tested at Fermilab. It represents a journey of technical challenges and opportunities for innovation in superconducting accelerator technology.
Fermilab scientists and engineers are developing a machine learning platform to help run Fermilab’s accelerator complex alongside a fast-response machine learning application for accelerating particle beams. The programs will work in tandem to boost efficiency and energy conservation in Fermilab accelerators.
High-intensity particle beams enable researchers to probe rare physics phenomena. A proposed technique called optical stochastic cooling could achieve brighter beams 10,000 times faster than current technology allows. A proof-of-principle experiment to demonstrate OSC has begun at Fermilab’s Integrable Optics Test Accelerator.
We lost Jim Rife, our friend and colleague for many years, to cancer this past March. Jim’s office sat on a small mezzanine in the Industrial Center Building, supported by the building structure. When they returned to work in May, the technicians Jim worked with paid him this tribute. He is always in our thoughts.
From APS Physics, Dec. 4, 2020: Scientists are finding ways to increase particle accelerator efficiency. One way to reduce cooling costs relies on a technique developed at Fermilab and Jefferson Lab.