TRIUMF taskforce No 5 Accelerators and Beams R&D
Minutes on the meeting Nov. 16th, 2005
Present: Rick Baartman, Pierre Bricault, Robert Laxdal, Shane Koscielniak, Gordon Ball,
Approval of last minutes
The last minutes from the November, 9th meeting have been approved.
In order to get a more detailed overview on the accelerator R&D presently going on at
TRIUMF activities to support outside institutions have been discussed. Most of these are
not reflected in either the existing or the proposed organizational chart, but organized ad
hoc at division head level. They are not much visible to the rest of TRIUMF. There are
two groups of such activities. It is first the technology transfer to companies like
NORDION or D-PACE. This also represents a source of revenue for TRIUMF. The
second group is the support for other worldwide accelerator laboratories like CERN,
JPARK, AGS etc. According to Shane K., who is mainly working for these projects this
represents a substantial amount of manpower from the R&D. TRIUMF doesn’t
usually(except for CERN) receive additional funding for it but is part of these
international collaborations and they allow for an intellectual exchange. Also it is within
the mandate of TRIUMF to support groups in this field especially for the high energy
community. The general opinion of the task force is that due to the limited resources
TRIUMF should limit such outside activities and concentrate more on inside support.
One example for such a support, which can not be done at the moment due to the limited
resources, has been mentioned by Rick B. It is the further development and improvement
of the EPICS control system. At the moment it is not used up to its full power at ISAC.
With the high amount of knowledge on programming and the physics within the R&D
group ion beam simulations for example could be easily implemented in the controls.
This can provide a better understanding of the processes involved and give a substantial
help to operations for beam tuning. It can also ease the training of operators.
It has been mentioned that mainly due to the spread of the R&D activities over several
divisions there is a lack of communication between the groups. It relies mainly on
personal contacts and is not supported by the organizational structure. As an example for
an improved solution the structure proposed in the comments by Igor Sekatchev has been
looked at. The R&D group is put together with a coordinator on top and several
Task force 3 (beam delivery) has asked for a combined meeting. Gordon B. has proposed
to do this at our next regular meeting and he will contact them.
Minutes taken by Friedhelm Ames