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Benefits of an EIC

An Electron-Ion Collider will maintain U.S. leadership and open new frontiers in nuclear physics while triggering technological breakthroughs that have broad-ranging impact on human health and national challenges

Investing in Our Future

Building the EIC will maintain and continue to expand U.S. leadership in nuclear physics and accelerator science—fields of science that are crucial to our technological, economic, and national security. It will also stimulate strong international collaboration, attracting the “best and brightest” to the U.S. to work on this frontier project and its associated technologies.

Hundreds of students will help to build and conduct research at an EIC. Some will go on to explore other new questions in physics, but many will apply their expertise in a range of careers that fuel the economy, provide for security, and pave the way to a healthier, brighter future for all.

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New Technologies

The Electron-Ion Collider will drive development of innovative accelerator, particle detector, and computational technologies, advancing both known and yet-to-be-invented technologies.

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Leveraging National Investments

The EIC will leverage investments in infrastructure and core expertise at Brookhaven National Laboratory, Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, and other DOE National Laboratories, building on decades of pioneering particle accelerator experience.

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Inspiring the Next Generation

The EIC will inspire the next generation of scientific explorers, engineers, and tech-savvy workers needed to address some of our nation’s greatest challenges.

Benefits Beyond Physics

Beyond sparking scientific discoveries in a new frontier of fundamental physics, building the EIC will also trigger broader benefits for society. Research on the technologies needed to make the EIC a reality is already pushing the evolution of magnets and other particle accelerator components. Some of these advances could lead to energy-efficient accelerators, thereby dramatically shrinking the size and operating costs of future accelerators used across science and industry to:

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Make and test computer chips

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Attack cancer cells

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Design solar cells, batteries, catalysts

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Develop drugs and medical treatments

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Produce radioisotopes for diagnosis and treatment

Brookhaven National Lab's EIC Directorate coordinates with domestic and international partners to deliver the EIC construction project.

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Brookhaven National Laboratory advances fundamental research in nuclear and particle physics to gain a deeper understanding of matter, energy, space, and time; applies photon sciences and nanomaterials research to energy challenges of critical importance to the nation; and performs cross-disciplinary research on climate change, sustainable energy, and Earth’s ecosystems.