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Accelerator R&D


Accelerator R&D



Accelerator R&D covers many domains, from the concepts of acceleration themselves to the study and realization of sub-elements, with a large effort put on the two basic elements of any accelerator, the accelerating radio-frequency cavities, and the bending magnets. The main goals are to increase the intensity and/or the energy of the particule beams.



Non limitating list of accelerator R&D

  • Innovative acceleration concepts
    • Laser plasma, and electron laser accelerations, enabling ultra high accelerating field
  • Beam phase space optimization
    • development of beam sources, and injectors
    • beam cooling techniques
    • development of RFQ (Radio Frequency Quadrupole), with both an accelerating and focusing effect
    • development of crab cavities
  • Beam control and beam loss reduction
    • advanced beam diagnostics and analysis methods
  • High field magnets
    • both high field dipoles (for energy increase) and high field quadrupoles (final focus systems)
  • Superconducting radio frequency technologies
    • allowing continuous wave operation, limiting the accelerator length and its operation cost
  • High gradient normal conducting radio frequency structures
    • operated in pulsed modes, but capable of producing very high accelerating fields
  • High power radio frequency and pulsed power generators
    • necessary to power the cavities described above



The programs CARE and EuCARD, partly financed through the funding of the 6th and 7th Framework Programmes of the European Community are examples of coordinated accelerator R&D programs..See FP6-FP7 accelerator R&D projects.

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