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Congratulations to TUNL Director, Bilpuch Distinguished Professor Robert Janssens, for receiving this year's Division of Nuclear Physics Distinguished Service Award! The citation reads: "For his exemplary service to the DNP, particularly his extended leadership in the chair line and the nuclear physics community, including as the Director of the Physics Division at Argonne National Laboratory and as Director of the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory." read more about Prof. Janssens Receives DNP Distinguished Service Award »

In a study recently published in Physical Review C, a team of researchers from UNC and Duke, led by UNC graduate student David Gribble, investigated excited states of 40Ca and 11B at level energies between 8 and 9 MeV, using the High-Intensity γ-ray Source (HIγS) at the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL). Levels in the 11B nucleus are interesting because they often provide energy and efficiency calibrations for NRF experiments, while excited states in the 40Ca nucleus are important for estimating reaction rate… read more about TUNL Researchers Publish New Precision Study of Astrophysically Relevant Ca-40 and B-11 Nuclei »

Ying Wu, Professor at Duke University and Associate Director for Light Sources at TUNL, is the co-winner of the 2022 FEL prize as announced last week during the 40th International Free Electron Laser Conference (FEL2022), held in Trieste, Italy, from August 22th to August 26th, 2022.   The citation for the prize reads as follows:    "Prof. Wu has made important contributions to both theoretical and experimental FEL science. He has distinguished himself with the use of storage ring FELs to produce gamma-ray beams for… read more about Prof. Ying Wu Receives 2022 FEL Prize »

TUNL is receiving a $1.5 million award from the Department of Energy to upgrade its beam-injector system.   The current direct extraction and helium ion sources with be replaced with a Toroidal Volume Ion Source (TORVIS) from National Electrostatics Corporation.   The TORVIS will provide high currents of hydrogen, deuterium, and helium negative ions which can then be injected into TUNL's FN tandem van de Graaff accelerator.   A Source of Negative Ions by Cesium Sputtering (SNICS-II) is also included in the upgrade and will… read more about TUNL Receives $1.5 Million DOE Award »

TUNL Faculty Member, Dr. Mohammad Ahmed, has been appointed as Dean of the College of Health and Sciences at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, effective July 1, 2022.  Dr. Ahmed is currently a Professor of Physics and Mathematics at NCCU and an Associate Director at TUNL.  His research is in the field of low-energy quantum chromodynamics and is performed primarily at the HIGS facility.  More information on his appointment can be found here. read more about Dr. Mohammad Ahmed Appointed NCCU Dean »

TUNL is excited to welcome a large class of undergraduate researchers for the summer.  Twelve students are participating in the NSF-sponsored TUNL REU Program which has been running continuously since 2000.  Six students are part of an inaugural class of DOE-sponsored Traineeships in Nuclear Physics being run by NCCU with mentors from all the TUNL consortium institutions.  In addition there are undergraduates from Duke, UNC, and NCSU participating in research with TUNL faculty this summer.  All of the summer researchers… read more about TUNL Welcomes Undergraduate Researchers »

Both the tandem and HIGS accelerators are in full operation.  Please contact us to get updates about access and operations before visiting. read more about TUNL Operations Update »

In November 2021 we are celebrating 25 years of gamma rays at the High Intensity Gamma-ray Source (HIGS), which is housed in the Duke Free Electron Laboratory.  The HIGS facility supports frontier photo-nuclear research and is the highest-flux Compton gamma-ray source in the world, generating polarized gamma-ray beams with energies from 1 to 100 MeV. read more about 25 Years of Gamma Rays at HIGS »