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The Center for Accelerator Science and Education (CASE) will pursue cutting edge accelerator science and R&D, training of next generation accelerator scientists - graduate and post doctoral – through courses, laboratory and experiments on accelerators. Undergraduate opportunities will play a significant goal of attracting students to the graduate program through introduction to accelerator courses, accelerator laboratory work and summer research opportunities at BNL. The proposed educational program will start with a short term abbreviated educational program of undergraduate, graduate and R&D that will evolve over time.

  • CASE (SBU & BNL), in collaboration with Cornell University and FERMI National Accelerator Laboratory, starting Ernest Courant Traineeship in Accelerator Science & Engineering funded by High Energy Physics office of the US Department of Energy ECTA&E. This MS and PhD program will provide for in-depth studies of following topics: (a) Physics of large accelerators and systems engineering; (b) Superconducting radiofrequency accelerator physics and engineering; (c) Radiofrequency power system engineering, and (d) Cryogenic systems engineering (especially liquid helium systems). Students in the traineeship program who complete the necessary courses (12 or more credits in accelerator science and engineering) will be issued a Certificate in Accelerator Science and Engineering with specialization in one of the four areas listed above. This traineeship is available for all students independent of citizenship. Funds provided by this DoE award can be used to provide two years of full support for students who are US citizens or US permanent residents. If you are interested in joining this traineeship contact one of SBU professors listed below: V.N Litvinenko, T. Hemmick, N. Vafaei-Najafabadi (Department of Physics and Astronomy), J. Longtin (Department of Mechanical Engineering), T. Robertazzi , J. Parekh and J. Liu (Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) .

  • Goals

    The main goals of CASE are:

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    The development of CASE capitalizes on resources at both institutions:

    • Brookhaven National Laboratory is the home for a large number of accelerators at Collider Accelerator Department (C-AD, BNL's CASE home, [1]): RHIC and its injection complex, Accelerator Test Facility, Coherent electron Cooling project; and NSLS II [2].
    • Stony Brook University has a recently retired research accelerator – the Tandem Van de Graaff (TvDG) – whose control room has been renovated to become a modern Physics Teaching Laboratory (PTL) that serves graduate, undergraduate students as well as K-12 teachers and students.

    CASE Members

    • Dr. Vladimir Litvinenko, Director, Professor of Physics, Stony Brook University.
    • Dr. Thomas K. Hemmick, Deputy Director for Education and Outreach, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Physics, Stony Brook University.
    • Dr. Navid Vafaei-Najafabadi, Deputy Director for Research, Assistant Professor of Physics, Stony Brook University.
    • Joseph Tuozzolo, Deputy Director for Engineering, Chief Mechanical Engineer, Collider-Accelerator Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory.
    • Dr. Paul Grannis, Chair of Executive Council, Distinguished Professor of Physics, Stony Brook University.
    • Dr. Abhay Deshpande, Executive Council Member, Professor of Physics, Stony Brook University.
    • Dr. Laszlo Mihaly, Executive Council Member, Professor of Physics, Stony Brook University.
    • Dr. Silvia Verdu Andres, CASE seminars, Scientist, Collider-Accelerator Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory.
    • Dr. Yichao Jing, CASE web administrator, Scientist, Collider-Accelerator Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory.
    • Socoro Delquaglio, CASE Project administrator, Stony Brook University.
    • Find complete member list here.
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    Advanced Accelerator Lab at ATF

    Research Opportunities

    CASE faculty are involved in many exciting projects. Please contact us for more information.

    • NEW!! Two PhD topics on fundamental studies of radio frequency superconductivity for:
    • 1. Particle accelerator applications (e.g. developing new doping techniques, non-equilibrium superconductivity, etc.)
    • 2. Quantum sensors and computing applications (e.g. experiments with 3D superconducting cavities in quantum regime, developing new architectures for qubits and quantum sensors, etc.)
    • Under supervision of Prof. Sergey Belomestnykh < >, based at Fermilab, Batavia, IL.>
    • NEW!! New Ph.D topic on Future Circular Colliders (FCC) is available [[3]], under supervision of Prof. Vladimir Litvinenko.
    • NEW!! Two Ph.D topics (theoretical and one experimental) opportunity are available on Coherent Electron Cooling and Laser-Plasma Wakefield Accelerator with external injection, under supervision of Profs. Vladimir Litvinenko and Navid Vafaei-Najafabadi
    • CASE/Collider-Accelerator Department, BNL provide exciting acceleration R&D research opportunities towards the future accelerator science, technology and facilities. We are looking for graduate students to do thesis research. The projects include:
      1. The design of electron-ion collider, eRHIC
      2. The demonstration of Coherent Electron Cooling (CeC)
      3. The development of Low Energy RHIC electron Cooling (LEReC)
      4. High average current polarized electron gun
      5. Superconductor RF cavity (accelerating cavities and deflecting cavities)
      6. Plasma accelerators using and new accelerator concepts at Accelerator Test Facility (ATF)
      7. Future Circular Collider studies

      There are both MSI and Ph.D. topics. Contact: Vladimir Litvinenko <>