Accelerator update, Dec. 9

Editor’s note: This is the last accelerator update on the restart of the Fermilab accelerator complex following the 16-month-long shutdown. All accelerators are providing beam to experiments and R&D programs, and commissioning of the Recycler is under way. In addition, the photoinjector gun of the Advanced Superconducting Test Accelerator produced its first electrons earlier this year, and the ion source for the PXIE R&D program recently delivered its first beam. Congratulations to all people who contributed to these successes.

Proton Source
The Linac and Booster provided beam for the Main Injector and for the Booster Neutrino Beamline.

Main Injector/NuMI
The Main Injector provided beam to the NuMI target for the production of neutrinos for the MINERvA, MINOS and NOvA experiments. The Main Injector also provided beam to fixed-target area experiments.

AD personnel worked on the commissioning of the Recycler storage ring.

Fixed-target area: Test Beam Facility
The accelerators provided beam to experiments T-979 and T-1015.

Fixed-target area: SeaQuest
Beam was sent to the SeaQuest experiment. Scientists are close to finishing the commissioning phase of the experiment.

The klystron for the RF gun has been upgraded to a 5-MW klystron and is undergoing checkout. Personnel performed coupler and cavity conditioning on Capture Cavity 2 and Cryomodule 2.

AD personnel started operating the ion source of the PXIE accelerator R&D program. Beam current is up to 9.1 mA, with an expected 10mA of nominal current.

View the AD Operations Department schedule.