The SARAF CW 40 mev proton/deuteron accelerator

A. Nagler, D. Berkovits, I. Gertz, I. Mardor*, J. Rodnizki, L. Weissman, K. Dunkel, F. Kremer, M. Pekeler, C. Piel, P. Vom Stein

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The Soreq Applied Research Accelerator Facility, (SARAF) is currently under construction at Soreq NRC. SARAF will be a multi-user facility for basic research, medical and biological research, neutron based nondestructive testing and radio-pharmaceuticals research, development and production. SARAF is based on a continuous wave (CW), proton/deuteron RF superconducting linear accelerator with variable energy (5-40 MeV) and current (0.04-2 mA). The accelerator is designed to enable hands-on maintenance, which implies beam loss below 10 -5 for the entire accelerator. Phase I of SARAF consists of a 20 keV/u ECR ion source, a low energy beam transport section, a 4-rod RFQ, a medium energy (1.5 MeV/u) beam transport section, a superconducting module housing 6 half-wave resonators and 3 superconducting solenoids, a diagnostic plate and a beam dump. Phase II will include 5 additional superconducting modules. The ECR source is in routine operation since 2006 and the RFQ has been operated with ions and is currently under characterization. The superconducting module is installed in the beam line and its RF performance is being characterized. Phase I commissioning results, their comparison to beam dynamics simulations and beam dynamics simulations of Phase II are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event24th International Linear Accelerator Conference, LINAC 2008 - Victoria, BC, Canada
Duration: 29 Sep 20083 Oct 2008


Conference24th International Linear Accelerator Conference, LINAC 2008
CityVictoria, BC


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