OUR SCIENTIFIC PROGRAMS
News: Wim Leemans named AFRD Director. President Obama names LBNL director-emeritus Andrew Sessler as co-winner of DOE's Fermi Prize. Fernando Sannibale made Fellow of the American Physical Society. LOASIS paper chosen as an Editor's Pick for 2013 by the American Institute of Physics. AFRD's Jean-Luc Vay and former AFRD scientist Kwang-Je Kim share the US Particle Accelerator School Prize.
Particle accelerators have come a long way since Ernest Orlando Lawrence invented the cyclotron and founded the laboratory that now bears his name. Today, accelerators are vital to answering a wide range of questions, from "What is the underlying structure of matter?" to "How do you quickly check a cargo container for explosives?" or "Where can we get electricity without fossil fuels?"
This progress has been made possible by big science, which was Lawrences trademark way of doing things and one of his most enduring inventions. Big science is not necessarily a matter of sizemany of our efforts are quite modest in budget and staffing. The real heart of it is interdisciplinary teamwork focused on the needs of science and the nation.
On this site you can learn about our core programs and find links to colleagues and collaborators from around the world. We thank you for sharing our interest, and welcome you to explore this site and the larger world of accelerators and their uses.