About Us

High Pressure Collaborative Access Team (HPCAT) is a research consortium to advance compression science in multidisciplinary fields using synchrotron radiation. The consortium operates Sector 16 at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) of Argonne National Laboratory, where four simultaneously operational beamlines have been established with an array of x-ray probes optimized for high-pressure research using x-ray diffraction, x-ray spectroscopy, and x-ray imaging techniques.

The HPCAT project started in 1999. The beamlines at sector 16 received the first beam in the experimental hutch in late 2002. The HPCAT consortium currently has four partners, including Carnegie Institution of Washington (managing institute), three DOE-NNSA sponsored national laboratories (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory), Carnegie/DOE Alliance Center (CDAC), and University of Nevada at Las Vegas.  The operation of HPCAT is supported by DOE-NNSA under Award No. DE-NA0001974, with partial instrumentation funding by NSF.

HPCAT Mission Statement

A frontier synchrotron facility for advancing compression science and technology in multidisciplinary fields