Author: Pasquino, C.
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THPWO082 Commissioning of the Linac4 RFQ at the 3 MeV Test Stand 3951
  • C. Rossi, L. Arnaudon, G. Bellodi, J.C. Broere, O. Brunner, A.M. Lombardi, J. Marques Balula, P. Martinez Yanez, J. Noirjean, C. Pasquino, U. Raich, F. Roncarolo, M. Vretenar
    CERN, Geneva, Switzerland
  • M. Desmons, A. France, O. Piquet
    CEA/IRFU, Gif-sur-Yvette, France
  Linac4, the future 160MeV H injector to the CERN Proton Synchrotron Booster, is presently under construction at CERN as a first step of the planned upgrade of the LHC injectors. The low energy section of LINAC4, consisting of an ion source, a 352.2 MHz Radio Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) and a chopper line is being commissioned in a dedicated test stand before installation in its final position in the tunnel. The RFQ is designed to accelerate a 45 keV, 70 mA, H beam to 3 MeV, with an efficiency of 95% while preserving the transverse emittance. The RFQ, a four-vane structure 3 m in length, has been designed in collaboration with CEA/IRFU and it has been built at the CERN workshop. The precise fabrication has allowed to achieve a field flatness of 1%. The completion of the accelerating structure in September 2012 was followed by a complete series of bead-pull measurements and by high-power conditioning to the nominal power of 0.39 MW corresponding to a voltage of 78 kV across the 3 meters. Measurements with beam are foreseen during the first half of 2013. This paper reports the results of the low-power and high power RF commissioning as well as the status of beam measurements.