Energy-efficient accelerator was 50 years in the making

ITHACA, N.Y. – With the introduction of CBETA, the Cornell-Brookhaven ERL Test Accelerator, Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists are following up on the concept of energy-recovering particle accelerators first introduced by physicist Maury Tigner at Cornell more than 50 years ago. CBETA tests two energy-saving technologies for accelerators: energy recovery and permanent magnets. […]

Crystallization plate provides clues on protein structure aboard historic space mission

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new crystallization plate, developed and tested at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source, or CHESS, hitched a ride to outer space and is helping a major drugmaker learn about protein structure. The In-Situ-1 crystallization plate – developed by Robert Thorne, professor of physics at Cornell University, and the company he founded, […]

Cornell astrophysicists play vital role to validate detection of gravitational waves

Cornell physics and astrophysics professor Saul Teukolsky has been using supercomputers to solve Einstein’s equations for black hole mergers for much of his career. Teukolsky and the Cornell-founded Simulation of eXtreme Spacetimes (SXS) collaboration group have been calculating and completing a full catalog of theoretical solutions since 2000, when supercomputers first became capable of the […]