Author: Contran, T.
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THPAL007 Upgrade of PIAVE Superconducting RFQs at INFN-Legnaro 3623
  • G. Bisoffi, E. Bissiato, D. Bortolato, F. Chiurlotto, T. Contran, E. Fagotti, A. Minarello, P. Modanese, E. Munaron, D. Scarpa
    INFN/LNL, Legnaro (PD), Italy
  • V. Andreev
    ITEP, Moscow, Russia
  • A. Bosotti, R. Paparella
    INFN/LASA, Segrate (MI), Italy
  • L.M.A. Ferreira
    CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
  • K. Kasprzak
    IFJ-PAN, Kraków, Poland
  • R.C. Pardo
    ANL, Argonne, Illinois, USA
  Superconducting RFQs (SRFQs), the first SC RFQs ever made operational for users, have been operated on the PIAVE SC heavy ion linac injector at INFN-Legnaro since 2006. The structure is split into two resonators and is limited to the accelerating RFQ sections. The resonators had never exceeded 80% of the design accelerating fields. In 2015, an upgrade plan started, aimed at increasing the accelerating fields, while improving their slow and fast tuning systems, repairing degraded components, imple-menting a LASER alignment method. The upgrade plan was successfully concluded in summer 2017. The resona-tors were kept stably locked for days at a field larger than the nominal one. Eventually, a test beam was accelerated successfully for 72 hours, with negligible locking issues. SRFQs entered once again routine operation in December 2017. The new features will allow to accelerate heavy ions with an A/q value as high as 8.5 (versus a former maximum A/q=7.5), allowing operation of the very first accelerated uranium beams at INFN-LNL, after the relat-ed authorizations shall have been issued.  
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