Fermilab researchers funded by DOE to develop future industry technologies.

March 14, 2024


  • Fermilab researchers receive funding from the DOE to advance emerging technologies.
  • Projects include superconducting photon detectors, 3D integrated sensing solutions, and compact accelerators for industrial applications.

Fermilab researchers have been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance three emerging technologies as part of the Accelerate Innovations program. The projects aim to speed up the transition of new technology from discovery to industry. The first project focuses on developing superconducting photon detectors to expand the search for axions, potentially impacting various scientific fields. The second project involves 3D integrated sensing solutions to improve particle detectors with higher precision. The third project is a collaboration to explore the use of compact superconducting electron accelerators for industrial applications.

Superconducting Photon Detector Technology

The first project led by Fermilab aims to enhance superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors to detect low-energy signals from axions. Scientists hope to develop detectors with lower energy thresholds and larger sensor areas for improved detection capabilities.

3D Integrated Sensing Solutions

Another project led by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, with contributions from Fermilab, focuses on developing particle sensors with 3D integrated circuits. The goal is to achieve smaller pixels, faster timing, and higher precision for particle detection.

Compact Accelerators for Industrial Applications

The third project involves a collaboration between Jefferson Lab and Fermilab to advance compact superconducting electron accelerators for industrial processes. Researchers aim to identify industrial applications and develop a technology roadmap to meet industrial needs.