Katherine Harkay's APS Home Page

Contact information:

Katherine C. Harkay

Accelerator Operations & Physics
Advanced Photon Source
Argonne National Laboratory
Phone: 630-252-9758
Fax: 630-252-4732
E-mail: harkay@aps.anl.gov
Argonne National Laboratory, ASD/401  B2166, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL   60439, U.S.A.

Research Interests:

Concentration has been in the areas of high-intensity collective effects and machine coupling impedance, with the goal of improving the performance of particle accelerators. Another major research thrust has been the electron cloud effect, a growing concern in high-intensity, high-energy rings. Long-term research interests include: storage-ring FELs, coherent synchrotron radiation and nonlinear effects in beams, and plasma-based light sources. Electron cloud studies have lead to collaborations at LANL, LBNL, SLAC, SNS, IHEP (China), and Cornell.
  • Long-term research interests include:

  • picosecond x-ray pulse generation in synchrotrons
  • high-brightness CW electron injectors for ERLs
  • plasma-based light sources
  • nonlinear (soliton-like) effects in beams

  • Recent Papers:

    Recent Presentations:

    Additional Information:


    Ph.D., physics, Purdue University, IN (1993)
    M.S., physics, Purdue University, IN (1984)
    B.S., physics, St. John's University, NY (1982)

    Professional Associations:

    American Physical Society (1982); Division of the Physics of Beams (1990)
    Association for Women in Science (1998)


  • T. Nakamura (SPring8) and J.-L. Revol (ESRF): collective effects and impedance
  • M. Furman and M. Pivi (LBNL): benchmark LBNL electron cloud code using APS data
  • M. Palmer, D. Rice (Cornell): Electron cloud measurements at CESR Test Facility
  • ILC Damping Rings R&D Collaboration: Collective effects

  • Committees:

  • Physical Review Special Topics, Accelerators and Beams, Editorial Board (2003-2006)
  • Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) PEP-II B-Factory Machine Advisory Committee (2003-present)
  • U.S. Particle Accelerator Conference Program Committee (2001-2007)
  • U.S. Particle Accelerator School (USPAS) Director search committee (2001, 2005)
  • U.S. Particle Accelerator School (USPAS) Program Committee (2004-present )
  • Am. Phy. Soc., Div. of Physics of Beams, Executive Committee, Member-at-Large (2001-2005)
  • Argonne Beams & Applications seminar committee executive chair (1999-present), chair (1999-2000), series co-founder
  • Argonne Advanced Photon Source (APS) Diversity Committee chair (2003-present)
  • Argonne APS Colloquium committee co-chair (2002-2003)
  • Purdue University Physics Department External Advisory Committee (1998-2001)
  • Purdue University Physics Department External Review Committee (2001)
  • Argonne WIST Science Careers in Search of Women Conference (1997-2001)