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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
“The Intensity Frontier program planned for Fermilab’s proposed Project X is an ambitious one, making extraordinary demands of its particle beams and thus of the machine that provides them. Project X teams aren’t shying away from the challenge. They’re tackling the machine head-on and from the front.
Engineering physicist Bruce Hanna works on the PXIE ion source test stand at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The ion source will arrive at Fermilab this month. Photo: Lionel Prost, AD
This month the Accelerator Sector will begin assembling the Project X Injector Experiment (PXIE), kicking off an R&D program to understand, integrate, test and hammer the dents out of this most complex subsystem in the Project X accelerator. PXIE focuses on the front-end injector of Project X, the section that prepares the beam for delivery to multiple physics experiments.
‘The unique aspects of Project X are pretty much enabled by the way the front end is configured,’ said Steve Holmes, project manager for Project X.
The injector takes up the first roughly 40 meters of the Project X 400-meter linear accelerator. In that short length reside the novel accelerator technologies that are most crucial for Project X.
‘There isn’t anything similar to PXIE in the world, so in some respect we are in uncharted waters,’ said Sergei Nagaitsev, project scientist for Project X.
In addition to those at Fermilab, researchers at Argonne, Berkeley, Oak Ridge and SLAC national laboratories and in the Project X India collaboration participate in PXIE, contributing R&D and the injector’s major components. The goal is to demonstrate by 2018 that the injector system works.
‘If you can prove you can produce, slice and dice the beam the way you like it, with the right beam quality, then you’re a lot more confident that the rest will go well downstream,’ Henderson said. ‘Relatively, the rest is a piece of cake.’
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