Science in the National
Partnership Among Multiple Federal Agencies,
Universities and Private Industry
U.S. Department of Energy, Office of
Science, Division of Nuclear Physics funds the operatation of
the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron facility. National Science Foundation, Major Research
Equipment Program would fund the building of the experiments.
NSF Division of Physics would fund the incremental facility
The experiments are led and managed by
scientists from U.S. universities and national and international
laboratories. The Collaborating Institutions are supported by a
variety of federal funding sources, including NSF Nuclear
Physics, NSF Experimental Particle Physics, DOE Nuclear Physics
and DOE High Energy Physics, and by foreign science ministries.
U.S. Institutions are from many states.
U.S. companies will compete for major pieces
of the construction project. The $28 million system of
superconducting magnets will be built in industry, at companies
such as General Atomics (CA), BWX Technologies (VA), Everson
Electric Company (PA), GE Medical Systems (SC), Intermagnetics
General Corporation (NY), American Magnetics (TN). Other
National Laboratories have participated in the development of
the experiment: the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in
Florida, operated for the NSF, the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory, operated for the DOE.
As is often observed, the concentration of
multiple teams of physicists and their students at a single site
offers excellent opportunity for collaboration and shared
activity. These economies of scale extend to administrative and
educational structures, for example programs to encourage
underrepresented minority scientists and offer an enriched
learning experience for our K-12 partners. These purely economic
and social factors, combined with the opportunity for great
physics, have enhanced the attractiveness of RSVP during the
multi-step review process completed over four years.
January 24, 2006
by Gary Schroeder.