Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), is a United States national laboratory located in Upton, New York on Long Island, and was formally established in 1947 at the site of Camp Upton, a former U.S. Army base. Its name stems from its location in the greater area of the Town of Brookhaven.



Brookhaven, which originally was owned by the Atomic Energy Commission, is now owned by the Commission's successor, the United States Department of Energy, which subcontracts the actual research and operation to universities and research organizations. It is currently operated by Brookhaven Science Associates LLC, which is an equal partnership of Stony Brook University and Battelle Memorial Institute. It was operated by Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), from 1947 until 1998 when Associated lost the contract in the wake of a scandal when tritium leaked into the Long Island Central Pine Barrens groundwater on which it sits.[1]
Co-located with the laboratory is the Upton, New York forecast office of the National Weather Service.
BNL is staffed by approximately 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support personnel, and hosts 4,000 guest investigators every year. Discoveries made at the lab have won seven Nobel Prizes.
The laboratory has its own police station, fire department, and postal code (11973). In total, the lab spans a 5,265-acre (21 km2) area.

Major programs

Although originally conceived as a nuclear research facility, its mission has greatly expanded. Its foci are now:

Major facilities

Aerial view of the NSLS.


Artist conception of the NSLS-II.

New synchrotron

The lab is building NSLS-II, which in 2015 will replace the NSLS after more than 30 years of operation.[17]

Off site contributions

It is a contributing partner to ATLAS experiment, one of the four detectors to be located at a new powerful nuclear accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). It is currently operating near Geneva, Switzerland.
Brookhaven is also responsible for the design of the SNS accumulator ring in partnership with Spallation Neutron Source in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Public access

The lab is open to the public on Sundays during the summer for tours and special programs. The public access program is referred to as 'Summer Sundays' and takes place from mid-July to mid-August, and features a science show and a tour of the facilities. The laboratory also hosts science fairs, science bowls, and robotics competitions for local schools. The Lab estimates that each year it enhances the science education of roughly 24,000 kindergarten to 12th grade LI students, more than 100 undergraduates, and 550 teachers from across the United States.

Nobel Prizes

Nobel Prize in Physics

Nobel Prize in Chemistry

See also


  1. ^ Atomic Laboratory on Long Island to Be Mighty Research Center – New York Times – March 1, 1947
  2. ^ "Physics Department". Bnl.gov. 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  3. ^ "Homepage, Basic Energy Sciences Directorate". Bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  4. ^ "Environmental Sciences Department". Bnl.gov. 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  5. ^ "Brookhaven National Laboratory Nonproliferation and National Security Programs". Bnl.gov. 2010-02-02. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  6. ^ "Radiotracer Chemistry and Instrumentation for Biological Imaging". Bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  7. ^ "Biology Department – Brookhaven National Laboratory". Biology.bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  8. ^ "RHIC | Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider". Bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  9. ^ "Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory". Bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  10. ^ "National Synchrotron Light Source". Nsls.bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  11. a b "Nobel Prize | 2003 Chemistry Prize, Roderick MacKinnon". Bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  12. ^ "Alternating Gradient Synchrotron". Bnl.gov. 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  13. ^ "Accelerator Test Facility". Bnl.gov. 2008-01-31. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  14. ^ "Tandem Van de Graaff". Bnl.gov. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  15. ^ New York Blue Gene supercomputer
  16. ^ "Computing Power for Scientific Discovery". BNL.gov. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  17. ^ "NSLS-II: The Furture National Synchrotron Light Source". bnl.gov. Retrieved August 4, 2010.
  18. ^ "Nobel Prize | 1957 Physics Prize, Lee and Yang". Bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  19. ^ "Nobel Prize | 1976 Prize in Physics, Samuel Ting". Bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  20. ^ "Nobel Prize | 1980 Physics Prize, Cronin and Fitch". Bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  21. ^ "Nobel Prize | 1988 Prize in Physics, Lederman, Schwartz and Steinberger". Bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  22. ^ "Nobel Prize | 2002 Physics Prize, Raymond Davis jr". Bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  23. ^ "Nobel Prize | 2009 Chemistry Prize, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz". Bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
  24. ^ 9:13 am ET (2008-10-23). "The anatomy of the first video game - On the Level". MSNBC. Retrieved 2010-03-17.
  25. ^ "'+alt+'". Bnl.gov. Retrieved 2010-03-17.

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