Argonne Accelerator Institute: Mission

The mission of the Argonne Accelerator Institute is centered upon the following related goals:
  • Locate next generation accelerator facilities in Northern Illinois
  • Advance accelerator technology
  • Oversee a selected, strategic, lab-wide, and acclaimed accelerator R&D portfolio
In order to accomplish the above goals, the institute has established five objectives. These are coupled to programmatic objectives, and are dependent on each other, but they serve to identify important areas for the institute to focus its activities.
  • Educate the "next generation" of accelerator physicists and engineers
    • Work with area Universities to establish Joint Appointments and Adjunct Professorships
    • Identify students
    • Provide research opportunities at Argonne
    • Work with the US Particle Accelerator School
    • Coordinate with Fermilab
    • Coordinate with Office of Science
  • Enhance Theory and Simulation capabilities
    • Development of codes, parallelization of existing codes, this work supported through Accelerator and Peta-scale Computing Initiatives, now part the SciDAC II proposal.
    • Institute theory work enhances on-going theory work in divisions. Supported by Accelerator Initiative and directed by AI chief scientist; use of visiting scientists
  • Develop Experimental Facilities for accelerator R&D
    • Argonne already has several: Advance Wakefield Accelerator, Injector Test Stand
    • This is imperative for meeting Argonne/Institute goals
    • Much evidence and precedent that good accelerator R&D facilities attract good experiments and good students
    • Cross-cuts Office of Science (SC) programs (almost everywhere these exist) however:
    • We continue to develop an argument of unique capabilities and demonstrate complimentary cooperation with facilities elsewhere
    • Best opportunities for establishment of new facilities will come via APS Upgrade (i.e., R&D in support of ERL research needs) and ILC
  • Enhance external communication
    • Not meant, in any way, to supersede the communication that takes place between scientists at Argonne and elsewhere.
    • Represent management in accelerator issues with other laboratories, universities
    • Involvement in inter-laboratory large scale projects
    • Liaison, along with "Government Affairs", and "Communication and Public Affairs", to the public
    • Advocacy for Argonne Accelerator R&D
  • Enhance internal communication
    • Work effectively across divisions and ALD-ships to further Argonne/Institute goals.
    • Many good examples….
      • Most ILC work is cross divisional
      • Laser Wakefield acceleration
      • SRF materials (update today)
    • Now includes non-SC entities with Office of Naval Research involvement
    • The Argonne Institute Quarterly Meeting; Intended to keep the Argonne accelerator community informed about what is going on at Argonne, both at high level and technical level with brief updates
    • Beams and Applications seminar series