19-22 October 2011
Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA
US/Eastern timezone
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Early History of Jefferson Laboratory

21 Oct 2011, 10:00
Crystal Ballroom DE (Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA)

Crystal Ballroom DE

Hotel Roanoke, Roanoke VA


Franz Gross (Jefferson Lab)


This talk will focus on the history of Jefferson Laboratory from its inception as the NEAL proposal by the Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) in 1980, to about 1986 -- two years after the arrival of Hermann Grunder and his Berkeley team. Major themes are (i) a national decision to build a high energy, high duty factor electron accelerator for basic nuclear physics research, (ii) open competition established by the DOE, (iii) formation of SURA, and (iv) interest of SURA physicists (particularly at UVA and W&M) in this research. I will discuss the scientific, technical, and political issues that eventually lead to the selection of the SURA proposal, the choice of Newport News as the site, and the decision to adopt a recirculating superconducting ring for the final design.

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