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 »