LBNL Office of science Department of Energy

Ion Beam Technology Group

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Accelerator Technology & Applied Physics Division

Fusion Science & Ion Beam Technology

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The heart of an R&D 100 winner

Building upon some of ATAP’s deepest science and technology legacies to meet customer needs, the FS&IBT Group develops technologies that involves ion sources, neutron and gamma-ray generators, applications of plasma technology, and nanofabrication (e.g., for quantum computing). The common theme is the production and use of plasmas and ion beams. Applications of such technology are remarkably wide-ranging: detecting hidden explosives and nuclear materials with neutron and gamma-ray generators, coating surfaces with hard protective films, making nanodevices, and treating certain cancers are among the present or recent examples. Our goal: transformational impact in critical areas of scientific and national needs.

With a project portfolio clustered around core competencies in plasma generators, ion sources, and beam transport, we take creative approaches to niche applications and basic R&D. We are aggressively pursuing new opportunities in quantum information science, homeland security, and energy science and conservation.

To learn more, contact group leader Thomas Schenkel, 510.486.7788.