• Nov. 2022: Xueying Lu presented an invited plenary titled "Breakdown Insensitive Accelerating Regime in Structure Wakefield Acceleration" at the Advanced Accelerator Concept workshop AAC'22 ( )

  • Aug. 2022: NIU Master's student, Marc Crowell, joined the group for PHYS659 (Independent Study, Fall 22)

  • Aug. 2022: The group attended 2022 North America Particle Accelerator Conference in Albuquerque, NM

Brendan Leung presented a poser named "Design of a W-Band Corrugated Waveguide for Structure Wakefield Acceleration"

Dillon Merenich presented a talk named "Design and Fabrication of a Metamaterial Wakefield Accelerating Structure"

  • July 2022: Xueying Lu attended the Community Summer Study (Seattle Snowmass Summer Meeting 2022).

A poster presentation can be found here:

A short talk can be found here:

  • June 2022: Xueying Lu received a travel grant to attend the 2022 PIC Math Interdisciplinary Data Science Workshop

  • June 2022: Our group was at US Particle Accelerator School (USPAS).

Xueying Lu co-instructed Fundamentals of Accelerator Physics and Technology.

Brendan Leung and Dillon Merenich both received scholarship to attend the session.

  • May 2022: Research paper is online:

F. Lemery, et al., "Drive beam sources and longitudinal shaping techniques", JINST 17, P05036 (2022).

  • May 2022: Xueying Lu gave an invited talk at the International Workshop on Breakdown Science and High Gradient Technology (HG2022).

The presentation can be viewed here:

  • May 2022: Research paper is online:

J. Picard, et al., "Generation of 565 MW of X -band power using a metamaterial power extractor for structure-based wakefield acceleration", Phys. Rev. Accel. Beams 25, 051301 (2022)

  • Mar. 2022: Xueying Lu participated in the Snowmass process (Particle Physics Community Planning Exercise)

White papers have been submitted to the Accelerator Frontier (

Please find details here:

X. Lu, et al., "Advanced RF Structures for Wakefield Acceleration and High-Gradient Research"

C. Jing, et al., "Continuous and Coordinated Efforts of Structure Wakefield Acceleration (SWFA) Development for an Energy

Frontier Machine"

M. Bai, et al., "Strategies in Education, Outreach, and Inclusion to Enhance the US Workforce in Accelerator Science and Engineering"

C. Benedetti, et al., "Advanced accelerator linear collider demonstration facility at intermediate energy"

  • Jan. 2022: Morgan Turner (NIU Physics) joined the group for PHYS659 (Independent Study, Spring 22)

  • Jan. 2022: Dillon Merenich won USPAS Winter 2022 student scholarship

  • Dec. 2021: Xueying Lu presented her work on advanced accelerators at UChicago Physics (virtual)

  • Nov. 2021: Book chapter published:

Michael Shapiro et al., "Experimental Hot Test of Beam/Wave Interactions with Metamaterial Slow Wave Structures", in

"High Power Microwave Sources and Technologies Using Metamaterials", IEEE, 2022

  • Oct. 2021: Brendan Leung started working with our group after finishing his Master's studies at NIU

  • Sep. 2021: Our group is featured in the Department of Energy Office of Science University Research news headline

Find the news headline here: (Sep 13, 2021)

  • Aug. 2021: Dillon Merenich joined NIU Physics & our group. Dillon has been admitted to the Chicagoland Accelerator Science Traineeship (CAST) Program funded by the US Department of Energy

  • Aug. 2021: Xueying Lu presented a talk and a poster at the DOE Review meeting at ANL (virtual)

  • Jun. 2021: Bart Frey, a local high school teacher, is going to work with the group this summer through the NIU Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

  • May 2021: Xueying Lu presented a research highlight talk to DOE at the ANL monthly meetings

  • May 2021: Xueying Lu won the Department of Energy Early Career Award, which will support her research on advanced wakefield accelerators in the next five years

See media reports here:

"NIU physicist receives DOE Early Career Research Award"

(NIU Newsroom and DOE University Research Highlight)

"DOE names six Argonne scientists to receive Early Career Research Program awards"

  • May 2021: We are grateful that the Department of Energy is providing a new grant to support research on high-gradient high-efficiency acceleration, in collaboration with colleagues at NIU and IIT

  • Mar. 2021: Xueying Lu is invited to present a virtual colloquium at Bard College

  • Feb. 2021: Research paper is online

Xueying Lu, et al. “A proton beam energy Modulator for rapid proton therapy”, RSI 92, 024705 (2021).

  • Jan. 2021: Xueying Lu gave an invited plenary at the IEEE Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop (AAC'20) (virtual)

  • Nov. 2020: Xueying Lu gave an invited plenary at the 2020 APS Prairie Section Fall Meeting (virtual)

  • Aug. 2020: Xueying Lu joined NIU/ANL as Assistant Professor