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Byline: Rick Ryan

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Provided Cornell doctoral student Ryan Porter prepares an superconducting radio-frequency cavity made from the element Nb3Sn in the clean room of Newman Lab.


Cheaper, greener particle accelerators will speed innovation

A team of scientists at the Center for Bright Beams – a National Science Foundation Science and Technology Center led by Cornell – are working on the next generation of superconducting materials that will greatly reduce the costs associated with operating large particle accelerators and lessen their environmental impact. The research could also make it easier for smaller institutions and industry to use these critical tools.
 Richard Gillilan, MacCHESS staff scientist, loads a biological sample in preparation for X-rays


NIH awards $17.4 million to Cornell for CHESS subfacility

A single human cell contains thousands of proteins that perform a vast array of functions, from fighting off viruses to transcribing DNA. By understanding the structure of these proteins, researchers can interpret their functions and develop methods for turning them on and off.

 Ken Finkelstein, Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source staff scientist, and CHESS postdoctoral researcher Louise Debefve working on commissioning the new CHEXS research subfacility in June.


Cornell announces $54M from NSF for new CHESS subfacility

The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, more commonly known as CHESS, entered a new era April 1.

 Representatives from Cornell, the Brookhaven National Laboratory and the New York State Energy Research Development Agency are shown during the CBETA test June 24 at Wilson Laboratory.


New accelerator sails through key test – recovering energy

A half-century after the idea of energy-recovering accelerators was proposed at Cornell, the university is showing that high-energy physics can also be renewable-energy physics.

 Nima Arkani-Hamed


Lecturer to examine the point of basic research

Why should resources – financial or intellectual – be dedicated to the pursuit of theoretical knowledge when the world has so many pressing problems? On April 24 particle physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed will examine the significance of performing basic research in his latest public talk as an A.D. White Professor-at-Large. The talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Rockefeller Hall’s Schwartz Auditorium and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow at 9 p.m. at the West Pavilion of Clark Hall.
 Image of electron research at the Center for Bright Beams


Next-gen particle accelerator is aim of Bright Beams work

New research at Cornell is helping address current challenges and develop more efficient accelerators.
 researchers on hill in desert


Cornell researchers build telescopes to measure universe’s earliest light

Teams of scientists, including researchers from the Cornell physics and astronomy departments, are collaborating on two of the largest telescopes ever built to take readings on the universe’s oldest light measurable, known as the Cosmic Microwave Background, or CMB.

These telescopes will be placed in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile and will give scientists new tools to record the earliest signals from the universe.