Through its leadership in RHIC/ATLAS computing, Brookhaven Lab pioneers methods for large-scale and high-throughput scientific data management and archiving, advanced networking, and distributed analysis and access. The infrastructure and capabilities developed for handling accelerator physics data ensure leading network connectivity for the Lab and supply expertise applicable to many other areas of science. Other ongoing initiatives include:
Brookhaven’s longstanding expertise in accelerator science and technology underlies its history of discovery and remains the backbone of future initiatives in Photon Sciences, QCD Matter, Physics of the Universe, and more. Beyond Brookhaven, much of the accelerator technology developed here addresses major national needs including improving precision and reducing cost of cancer treatment facilities, developing high-power proton accelerators important to subcritical nuclear power reactors, and enhancing electron accelerators for production of medical radioisotopes. The Lab has already established partnerships with industry to pursue commercialization and deployment of these applications. We are also partnering with Stony Brook University on a Center for Accelerator Science and Education (CASE) to help train the next generation of accelerator physicists.
Brookhaven has a world-leading program in advanced biological imaging and the development and production of medical radiotracers. We develop new technologies and instrumentation based on advances in accelerator physics and apply them to studies with plants, animals, and humans. Brookhaven also explores new types of radiotracers, including compounds to monitor changes in gene expression and targeted nanoparticles for simultaneous diagnosis and treatment. In addition, discussions continue among potential collaborators to establish a formal research alliance with a primary focus on bioenergy, neuroscience, brain imaging, and computational biology.
Brookhaven’s efforts to improve homeland security are focused on the detection and control of radiological sources, as funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the National Nuclear Security Administration. This includes three core themes: development of advanced radiation detectors for portal and cargo monitoring; scientific and technical assistance in response to radiological incidents; and efforts to model and understand how contaminants would move if released in an urban environment. Our radiation detectors also help advance medical diagnostic devices. The Lab’s role in nonproliferation also involves work with the Department of State and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Research in Computational Science both powers and benefits from developments at the RHIC/ATLAS Computing Facility, the Lab’s Computational Sciences Center, and other computational resources across the Department of Energy.
Biological Imaging advances through our Radiotracer Chemistry, Instrumentation and Biological Imaging group within the Biosciences Department.
One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE's Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.