Senate Appropriations Bill Boosts Funding Over Presidentís Budget Proposal by $5 Million for RHIC an Schumer, Gillibrand: Senate Bill Saves Critical Funding at Brookhaven National Lab from Devastating Cuts - Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider and Continued Construction of National Snynchrotron Light....
NSLS has yielded advances in biology, physics, chemistry, geophysics, medicine, and materials science. Synchrotron light is produced by electrons when they are forced to move in a curved path at nearly the speed of light. At the NSLS, beams of light in the x-ray, ultraviolet, and infrared wavelengths are produced by two synchrotrons for use in experiments. Transitioning to NSLS-II will allow for new research to be conducted by this next-generation X-ray light source user facility.
Brookhaven National Laboratory, established in 1947 and located in Upton, Long Island, is operated by Brookhaven Science Associates for the United States Department of Energy. Brookhaven's staff of over 3,000 scientists, engineers and technicians specializes in nuclear physics research and has received an impressive six Nobel Prizes for their groundbreaking work. Brookhaven Lab's programs include the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) designated to researching quark-gluon plasma, the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS), National Synchotron Light Source II (NSLS-II), and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN). Brookhaven National Laboratory is the only multi-purpose national lab located in the Northeast and is an important economic engine in New York, generating more than $700 million in economic impact and creating 5,400 jobs throughout the state.
The increased funding levels passed the Senate Appropriations Committee and will now head to the Senate floor for consideration.