The Particle Beam Physics Laboratory
(PBPL) is a state-of-the-art center for research into beam physics
and accelerator technologies. Relativistic particle beams and the
accelerators which produce them have served as cutting edge tools
in scientific research for three-quarters of a century. The practitioners
of accelerator science can thus be placed in a tradition of instrument
development dating back to Galileo. In the present time, beam physics
is a vibrant, cross-disciplinary enterprise, which intersects heavily
with high-energy density science, plasma physics, ultra-fast lasers,
nonlinear dynamics and various high-field/high-power technologies.
In addition, applications extend from the energy frontier in particle
physics, to ultra-fast phenomena in biology and materials, and to
industrial and medical uses.
PBPL research covers a wide range of
beam dynamics and acceleration methods; beam-radiation interaction
and productions; beam-plasma interactions; beam-matter interactions
and diagnostics. Our work includes the creation of ultra-fast, high-brightness
electron beams; the application of such beams to advanced accelerators
using lasers and/or plasmas; the creation of new types of light sources,
such as free-electron lasers and inverse-Compton scattering sources
based on high brightness electron beams.