Supporting Berkeley Lab’s mission of bringing science solutions to the world, the PMO partners with science and engineering project teams to meet project management challenges. Major science projects currently under the PMO’s purview represent next generation technology, complex experimental instruments, and facility upgrades.
Advanced Light Source Upgrade: The ALS-U (Advanced Light Source Upgrade) Project is an ongoing upgrade of Berkeley Lab’s synchrotron x-ray light source that will leverage new accelerator technologies to endow the user facility with revolutionary capabilities. The Project will utilize most of the existing ALS systems and infrastructure, and planned improvements will create a world-leading soft x-ray facility that will help us better understand and develop new materials and chemical systems.
ATLAS Detector Upgrade Phase 2: ATLAS is one of two general purpose magnetic spectrometers at the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) at CERN and will be upgraded for high luminosity by 2025. The US effort is managed by BNL, and LBNL has responsibility for portions of three tracking subsystems on this project: strip detector, pixel detector, and global mechanics.
Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB-S4) is the next-generation ground-based cosmic microwave background experiment. With 21 telescopes at the South Pole and in the Chilean Atacama desert surveying the sky with over 500,000 cryogenically-cooled superconducting detectors for 7 years, CMB-S4 will deliver transformative discoveries in fundamental physics, cosmology, astrophysics, and astronomy. CMB-S4 is supported by the Department of Energy Office of Science and the National Science Foundation.
DUNE-ND: How does the universe work and how do we live in a matter-dominated universe? The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE) being built at the Long-Baseline Neutrino Facility (LBNF) in South Dakota will allow scientists to study the properties of mysterious particles called neutrinos and offer clues as to how the universe works and why matter exists at all.
LBNL is one of 175 international institutions collaborating to build this experiment and will focus on the near detector (DUNE-ND) portion of the project, which will live 60 meters (200 feet) underground at the experiment’s near site, Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois.
ESnet6: The Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) is the Office of Science’s high-performance network user facility, delivering highly-reliable data transport capabilities optimized for the requirements of large-scale science. ESnet provides the high-bandwidth, reliable connections that enable many thousands of the nation’s scientists to collaborate on some of the world’s most important scientific challenges including energy, biosciences, materials, and the origins of the universe.
The ESnet6 project will provide new networking resources on a dedicated optical fiber infrastructure to deliver a significant increase in networking capability and resiliency in support of the SC research community. ESnet6 will design and implement targeted security service automation, operational support automation, and provide a platform for innovation and development of new network services.
GRETA: The 4π γ-ray tracking array GRETA (Gamma-Ray Energy Tracking Array) will be a powerful instrument needed to accomplish a broad range of experiments that will play an essential role in addressing the intellectual challenges of low-energy nuclear science. GRETA marks a major advance in the development of γ-ray detector systems and can provide order-of-magnitude gains in sensitivity compared to existing arrays. It uses highly-segmented hyper-pure germanium crystals together with advanced signal processing techniques to determine the location and energy of individual γ-ray interactions, which are then combined to reconstruct the incident γ-ray in a process called tracking.
High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider Accelerator Upgrade: The High-Luminosity Large Hadron Collider Accelerator Upgrade Project (HL-LHC AUP) at CERN promises to boost the the beam’s luminosity and rate of particle collisions allowing LHC users the opportunity to explore the Standard Model of Particles and Interactions in greater detail and search for new physics within the LHC’s energy reach. LBNL is working on this project with other DOE National laboratories and is responsible for fabricating and insulating Rutherford-style cables, procuring the magnet structures, and the assembly of the quadrupole magnets.
Linac Coherent Light Source II High Energy (LCLS-II HE): LBNL is collaborating on the LCLS-II HE project at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, anticipated to be a significant step in the evolution of X-ray lasers and the next logical extension to LCLS-II. The LCLS-II-HE upgrade is projected to deliver two to three orders of magnitude increase in average spectral brightness beyond any proposed or envisioned diffraction-limited storage ring (DLSR) and open new areas of science for time-resolved studies. The upgrade will better assist atomic-scale studies, and its ability to probe Earth-abundant elements and access experimental regimes central to biological structure determination and quantum materials studies will provide a fundamentally new capability for discovery science.
NERSC-9: NERSC supports the entire spectrum of DOE open science computational workload serving over 7,000 scientists, on about 800 projects utilizing over 700 discrete applications. NERSC’s mission is to accelerate scientific discovery through high performance computing and data analysis for DOE Office of Science sponsored research.
As NERSC’s next High Performance Computing (HPC) system, it will meet the needs of both extreme-scale computing and users from experimental facilities by accelerating workflow performance. NERSC-9 also will provide a platform for the development and demonstration of technologies on the path to exascale computing. Information on LBNL facilities upgrade work in support of NERSC-9 can be found here.
NSRC-Recap: The DOE Nanoscale Science Research Centers Recapitalization project will modernize nanoscale infrastructure at 5 National Labs, including Berkeley Lab’s Molecular Foundry. The upgrades will focus on 3 key areas: expanding the limits of nanofabrication, accelerating nanoscale materials and design, and decoding nanoscale dynamics and heterogeneity.