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Eldred, J.

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THPAS073 Simplified Charged Particle Beam Transport Modeling Using Commonly Available Commercial Software 3651
  • D. Douglas, K. Beard, J. Eldred, P. Evtushenko, A. Jenkins, S. W. Moore, L. Osborne, D. W. Sexton, C. Tennant
    Jefferson Lab, Newport News, Virginia
  Funding: Supported by the Office of Naval Research, the Joint Technology Office, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Night Vision Lab, and by DOE Contract DE-AC05-060R23177.

Particle beam modeling in accelerators has been the focus of much effort (at great expense) since the 1950s. Several generations of tools have resulted from this process, each leveraging both the understanding provided by predecessors and the availability of increasingly powerful computer hardware. Nonetheless, the process remains on-going, in part due to innovations in accelerator design, construction, and operation that result in machines not easily described by existing tools. We discuss a novel response to this issue, which was encountered when Jefferson Lab began operation of its energy-recovering linacs. As such machines are not conveniently described using legacy software, a machine model was been built using Microsoft Excel. This interactive simulation can query data from the accelerator, use it to compute machine parameters, analyze difference orbit data, and evaluate beam properties. It can also derive new accelerator tunings and rapidly evaluate the impact of changes in machine configuration. As it is spreadsheet-based, it can be easily user-modified in response to changing requirements. Examples for the JLab IR Upgrade FEL are presented.