Beam back in Booster

On Friday beam circulated through the Booster for the first time since the Fermilab accelerator complex shut down in April. Photo: Reidar Hahn

On Friday, beam circulated around the Booster for the first time since the Fermilab accelerator complex shut down for upgrades on April 30, 2012.

The running of beam in the Booster is an important milestone toward the restart of the Fermilab accelerator complex this spring. It also marks the beginning of a commissioning period for the Booster, during which members of the Accelerator Division will run tests on the proton source to get this part of the accelerator complex ready for steady, 24-7 operations.

The Booster provides beam to the Main Injector. The recent Booster upgrades are part of Fermilab’s Proton Improvement Plan to provide more beam for experiments at the Intensity Frontier.