A new joint Stony Brook University- Brookhaven Lab initiative in photon sciences will capitalize on the unique capabilities of Brookhaven’s proposed National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) through a Department of Energy/New York State partnership. The Joint Photon Sciences Institute (JPSI) will serve as an intellectual center for development and application of the photon sciences and as a gateway for users of NSLS-II, which would be the brightest synchrotron light source in the world. NSLS-II is expected to enable advances in fields including materials design and function, energy, and health/drug design. JPSI will enhance scientific programs that rely on the machine’s powerful photon beams by cultivating and fostering collaborative, interdisciplinary R&D.
The center will pursue cutting edge accelerator science and R&D, training of next generation accelerator scientists - graduate and post doctoral – through courses, laboratory and experiments on accelerators. Undergraduate opportunities will play a significant goal of attracting students to the graduate program through introduction to accelerator courses, accelerator laboratory work and summer research opportunities at BNL. The proposed educational program will start with a short term abbreviated educational program of undergraduate, graduate and R&D that will evolve over time.
The center is a true partnership of Academic institutions, Research institutions, Energy providers and Industrial Corporations. Its mission is innovative energy research, education and technology deployment with a focus on efficiency, conservation, renewable energy and nanotechnology applications for new and novel sources of energy.
With the arrival of a new and very powerful supercomputer, there is an opportunity to raise the level of computational science at Stony Brook. To achieve this goal, we have established the Stony Brook Center for Computational Science (SBCCS). in parallel with the Brookhaven Computational Science Center (CSC), the Stony Brook Center will have a mission to develop computational science at Stony Brook. Each center has a secondary mission to cooperate with the other and to support the mission of the other, while they will jointly share outreach missions to a larger New York State and national community. Thus the two Centers will be closely linked, with many shared members and activities.
The SBCCS will be built around core faculty and scientists at Stony Brook It will, in cooperation with CSC, provide a focal point for the community of users of the new supercomputer, NY Blue. It will accelerate the acquisition of supercomputing expertise for scientists at the two institutions interested in taking advantage of this very powerful resource. It will promote a change in the culture of science regionally, to strengthen the excellence in computation and specifically in supercomputing, as supplements to existing strengths in theory and experiment.