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Bates Linear Accelerator 2008

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Bates Linear Accelerator


Members of the Mind Blowing Physics class at the Bates Lab


One aspect of Bates is a Research and Engineering Center , funded by a grant from the US Department of Energy Office of Nuclear Physics to provide support for the experimental programs of faculty within LNS. The personnel and equipment at Bates are ideally suited for a range of services from preconceptual design and development work to construction of large detector and spectrometer systems. R&E Center projects include:

  • Design and construction of the toroid for the QWeak experiment at Jefferson Lab
  • Design and construction of GEM prototype chambers and readout electronics for the STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Lab
  • Design of the support structure for a silicon tracking detector upgrade of STAR
  • Design of the electron accelerator and storage ring for the electron-ion collider eRHIC , leading to a Conceptual Design Report
  • Polarized source developments for eRHIC
  • Detector developments for neutrino physics at SNO and KATRIN

Another aspect of the Bates Center is research and development projects and construction work for other laboratories on a contract basis, utilizing expertise developed on similar systems at Bates. Examples include:

  • Design and construction of a vertical chicane for the Hall C Compton Polarimeter at Jefferson Lab
  • Design of a solid-state switch upgrade for a modulator at the Trieste Synchrotron Facility.

A third focus for Bates is providing the site and technical support for novel applications of small accelerators, in collaboration with MIT faculty and outside companies. Such applications include:

  • Nuclear Resonance Radiography for baggage screening, in collaboration with Dr. Richard Lanza of MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and L-3 Security and Detection Systems
  • Nuclear Fluorescence Radiography for cargo scanning, in collaboration with Passport Systems Inc.

Finally, the Bates accelerator facility consists of a polarized electron source, 500 MeV electron accelerator and recirculator, and storage ring. The staff includes experienced accelerator and polarized source physicists. This combination of equipment and expertise has led to the development of several proposals to use the storage ring for accelerator physics developments:

  • Optical Stochastic Cooling, with applications to existing and future high-luminosity colliders
  • Terahertz coherent synchrotron radiation from the storage ring, for various uses in biology, chemistry, materials science and homeland security.



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