Accelerator Research in the U.S. for High Energy Physics: A biased perspective



MON, 03/14/2016 - 4:00PM TO 5:00PM
Spring 2016 Colloquium Series

The U.S. could move boldly toward accelerating transformational accelerator research for high-energy physics. Profound questions remain to be answered in particle physics; recent discoveries reconfirm the value of continued investments. However, going beyond the present generation of high energy accelerators will require changing the capability-cost curve of accelerators, which can only happen through an aggressive, sustained, and imaginative R&D program aimed at building the future accelerators at a dramatically lower cost. Both of us were members of Department of Energy panel that recently studied the potential structure of such a research program. We participated fully in the process and approve the report.  Nonetheless, our experience led us to continue and extend our analysis of the issues that will drive accelerator research aimed at future accelerators for high-energy physics with the aim of informing interested physicists from all disciplines, not just accelerator experts. Broadly, we will look at prospects for proton-proton colliders and electron-position colliders – all interlaced with our biases and (and perhaps not politically correct) opinions.

About the Speaker:

William Barletta is Director of the US Particle Accelerator School at Fermilab. He is also Adjunct Professor of Physics at MIT and UCLA and Director Emeritus of the Accelerator Division and Homeland Security Program at LBNL.

In Europe he is senior advisor to the President of Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy, and Visiting Professor, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. He is a member of the Scientific Council of Centro Fermi in Rome and also co-chair of the Permanent Monitoring (PMP) on Energy of the World Federation of Scientists and Member of the PMP on Information Security. He is also inaugural Director of the Korean Particle Accelerator School and co-convener of the Joint International Accelerator School, a collaboration of USPAS, CERN,
Japan’s KEK lab and the Budker Institute in Russia.

His broad range of professional research activities include free electron laser physics for ultra-fast synchrotron radiation science, design of colliders, high intensity linacs and cyclotrons for high energy and nuclear physics, ion beam technology for nanofabrication of integrated circuits, and compact plasma-based neutron and gamma sources for medicine, research and security applications. He has strong secondary research interests in international legal and policy aspects of cyber-security and cyber-conflict and in strategic management of research institutions.

He is editor and co-author of four books about accelerator science and co-author of four books concerning cybersecurity, privacy and international cyber-law. He holds four patents, and is author of >170 scientific papers. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Chicago and is a fellow
of the American Physical Society.