Accelerator Science for the 21st century
Brookhaven National Laboratory/Stony Brook University
We live in an exciting time wherein many traditional acceleration methods are fast reaching their ultimate limits. Against this backdrop, several major breakthroughs in advanced accelerator R&D promise either a revolution in approach, or, at least, a radical change in direction. For accelerator science, this transformation could be as dramatic as was that from classical- to quantum-mechanics. For this sea change to happen, accelerator physics and engineering must evolve to a new level to deal with phenomena straddling its present boundaries. Further, it will require training a new generation of accelerator scientists, giving them the skills and knowledge for handling the much more delicate, and likely virtual "nuts and bolts" of future accelerators. Through the looking glass of our research and education programs at the Center for Accelerator Science and Education, a joint venture of Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University, we will view and explore these challenges.