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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 operation cost.

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.

Enriched Opportunity

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.

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Last updated January 24, 2006 by Gary Schroeder.