Mission Statement: To pursue a broad program of theoretical and experimental research in Accelerator and Beam Physics


The Center for Advanced Studies of Accelerators (CASA) has been organized to pursue a broad program of theoretical and experimental research in Accelerator and Beam Physics. The organization's primary mission is to generate, to investigate deeply, and to distribute forefront knowledge about advanced accelerator and beam physics, especially that knowledge generated as a result of work at Jefferson Lab. A secondary goal for the organization is to provide an organized archive for retaining information generated by Jefferson Laboratory's Accelerator Division activities, so that such information is available to guide future projects.


The scientific research by CASA members is world leading in a wide variety of topics:

  • Materials studies supporting the improvement of the performance RF superconductivity in cavities
  • Design and operation of superconducting accelerators
  • Design and operation of recirculated and energy recovered electron accelerators
  • Design and operation of high average power photon sources, particularly those that generate ultrashort pulses over a wide variety of wavelengths
  • Development of advanced electron beam diagnostic devices, and advanced methods of controlling accelerators by computerized feedback systems
  • Development of advanced theoretical calculations for predicting beam behavior for a wide variety of physical arrangements
  • Development of advanced accelerator designs for a wide variety of applications based on RF superconductivity and beam recirculation
  • Materials studies in short time scale regimes

Professional Development

CASA is organized to provide mechanisms for staff development at Jefferson Lab and in the broader scientific community. The Center will support staff development in accelerator and beam physics and related disciplines by training new students, by providing research opportunities for young scientific staff, by providing visiting staff arrangements at the laboratory, and by publicizing and encouraging publication of scientific works through organized seminars and web-based distribution of finished works.