Advanced Technology R&D

In order to solve the great mysteries about the fundamental laws of nature, scientists require new tools, technologies and techniques that enable them to see more deeply into the quantum universe than they ever have before.

By fostering world-leading research, the technologies and techniques developed in the Advanced Technology R&D program result in the next generation of scientific instruments with potential applications across the DOE laboratory complex and in such areas as material science, national security, energy, and medicine.

The Advanced Technology R&D program provides the technologies needed to design and build the accelerator and detector facilities that are essential for making new discoveries in high energy physics. These efforts not only include R&D to bring new accelerator and detector concepts to the stage where they can be considered for new or existing facilities, but also advancement of the basic sciences underlying the technology.

One area of active R&D focuses on the technology needed for a future lepton collider. This next-generation accelerator will use superconducting radiofrequency (SCRF) technology to smash leptons at high energies. For the majority of new accelerator-based projects, SCRF has become the technology of choice because of its efficient ability to conduct electric current with almost no loss of energy. The pursuit of alternate acceleration techniques is also an intense area of study. Plasma wakefield acceleration, for example, holds promise for building smaller yet more powerful accelerators.