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Accelerator Modeling and Control


Grant applications are sought to develop new or improved computational tools for the design, study, or operation of charged particle beams. Of particular interest is the development of a front-end design for user-friendly interfaces. The modeling challenges addressed must be relevant to present and future BES accelerator facilities. These challenges include, but are not limited to, beam halo generation and control; generation and synchronization of sub-ps x-ray pulses; wakefield computation; multiple and single bunch collective instabilities; electron cloud generation and effects, especially in high intensity proton rings; and high-intensity operation (beam losses, thermal effects, etc.).

Grant applications also are sought to investigate and develop enhancements to the suite of tools in the Experimental Physics and Industrial Control System (EPICS), in order to better support existing facilities and meet the requirements of future machines. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to,  high-availability alternative-communication protocols; enhanced functionality within the Input-Output Controller; highly integrated development environments; and ensuring scalability to very large installations (such as the International Linear Collider). Grant applications should address how the results will guide long-term EPICS development.

As the time scale of interest in modern accelerators is reduced, the required computational resources are becoming prohibitive for currently-available low-order electromagnetic codes; for example, the estimated memory requirement for modeling a typical accelerator structure interacting with a 1-ps bunch is 1 TB. Such an extreme computation is intractable for most accelerator laboratories. Therefore, in order to break the computational bottleneck, grant applications are also sought to develop computational electromagnetic codes with high-order accuracy.

Finally, grant applications are sought to develop large-scale timing and synchronization systems for next generation light sources, with timing stability requirements extending from ~100 femtosecons to 1 femtosecond or less. For example, these requirements include the need to enable the synchronization of multiple radio frequency components and laser systems, over distances of the scale of kilometers, in advanced accelerators and free electron lasers. This precision in timing must be maintained over periods of time on the order of 24 hours.

Questions – contact Eliane Lessner,

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