From Accelerator Division Head Mike Lindgren: AD’s top five

Mike Lindgren

The Accelerator Division held an all-hands meeting on Monday, Feb. 17. Here are the key takeaways from the meeting.

  1. Continue momentum of successful PIP-II CD 2/3a review last month and get LBNF/DUNE to baseline in 2020. The PIP-II project had an excellent baseline review in January, and there were many complementary closeout comments from PIP-II reviewers. The Accelerator Systems team, including the international partners, is commended for its many accomplishments since the last review. When complete, the new PIP-II facility will be crucial to delivering the higher beam intensities we need to drive the science mission.
  2. Run accelerator operations well for the next four months. The safety initiative and completion of summer shutdown work cleaned up some work areas that needed improvement and allowed a safe, well-coordinated completion of everything needed for FY20 running, and led to startup beginning of November 2019. The good base funding in FY20 allows us to run for seven months (November through May), modernize some equipment and fill open jobs. We will have a five-month shutdown beginning in June that will allow LBNF to begin their near-site work.
  3. Continue our good start on planning efforts to modernize and improve the reliability of the existing accelerator complex. The DOE has a draft mission-need statement for DOE CD-0 approval for an accelerator controls replacement project they will use to obtain first project approvals. We expect to begin receiving funding this year, which will be used to hire people to develop the project plan. AD welcomes Erik Gottschalk to the controls department as project manager.
  4. We must continue do our part to keep Mu2e on track to completion. Schedule remains a concern, but the project is making good progress building the experiment and the needed beamlines. We had a successful Accelerator Readiness Review, and the Accelerator Division continues to deliver on our responsibilities for this important next generation experiment.
  5. Stay safe. We need to continue improving our performance through ongoing clean-up efforts and work planning. The work done so far has been impressive and appreciated. Much of the accelerator complex equipment is difficult to access and work on because of the size, complexity of installation and design. As we work to maintain and repair our really terrific but aging complex, we need to continue to focus on ergonomic work planning to avoid awkward positioning and repetitive motions that lead to fatigue and injury. As we modernize the complex, we need to keep ease and safety of repairs in mind as an important part of the design process.

Mike Lindgren is the head of the Accelerator Division at Fermilab.