he future of accelerator physics isn’t just for physicists. As in the past, tomorrow’s discoveries in particle accelerator science may lead to unexpected applications for medical diagnosis, healing and the understanding of human biology.
Breakthroughs in the technology of superconducting magnets, nanometer beams, laser instrumentation and information technology will give high-energy physicists
new accelerators to explore the deepest secrets of the universe: the ultimate structure of matter and the nature of space and time.
But breakthroughs in accelerator science may do more than advance
the exploration of particles and forces.
No field of science is an island. Physics, astronomy, chemistry, biology, medicine—
all interact in the continuing human endeavor to explore and understand our world and ourselves. Research at high-energy physics laboratories will lead to the next generation
of particle accelerators—and perhaps to
new tools for medical science.
National laboratories build particle accelerators for physicists. The results belong to everyone.