A Fermilab team has completed tests for a crucial superconducting segment for the PIP-II particle accelerator, the future heart of the Fermilab accelerator chain. The segment, called a cryomodule, will be one of many, but this is the first to be fully designed, assembled and tested at Fermilab. It represents a journey of technical challenges and opportunities for innovation in superconducting accelerator technology.
Fermilab scientists and engineers are developing a machine learning platform to help run Fermilab’s accelerator complex alongside a fast-response machine learning application for accelerating particle beams. The programs will work in tandem to boost efficiency and energy conservation in Fermilab accelerators.
High-intensity particle beams enable researchers to probe rare physics phenomena. A proposed technique called optical stochastic cooling could achieve brighter beams 10,000 times faster than current technology allows. A proof-of-principle experiment to demonstrate OSC has begun at Fermilab’s Integrable Optics Test Accelerator.
We lost Jim Rife, our friend and colleague for many years, to cancer this past March. Jim’s office sat on a small mezzanine in the Industrial Center Building, supported by the building structure. When they returned to work in May, the technicians Jim worked with paid him this tribute. He is always in our thoughts.
From APS Physics, Dec. 4, 2020: Scientists are finding ways to increase particle accelerator efficiency. One way to reduce cooling costs relies on a technique developed at Fermilab and Jefferson Lab.
This shows the octupole channel in the Fermilab Integrable Optics Test Accelerator, or IOTA, in November. A set of 17 independently powered octupole magnets is installed in one of the straight sections of IOTA. The channel is used for experiments on nonlinear integrable optics and on the physics of dynamical systems. These experiments study new ways to stabilize high-intensity beams for research at the frontiers of particle physics.
The Snowmass LOI process has provided an opportunity to engage the community and understand needs and opportunities. As a continuation of that process, we will have a one-day virtual workshop on Tuesday, Dec. 15, to discuss the concept of installing a constant field proton accumulator ring in the Booster tunnel and the HEP studies that could benefit. The workshop will be roughly segmented into Booster Accumulator Ring design consideration and implementation, while the afternoon will be dedicated to HEP use….