First Front-End Accelerator Readiness Review held 25-27 July

The first Accelerator Readiness Review (ARR) of FRIB was held 25-27 July, four years prior to the planned early completion of the FRIB Project. The purpose of the review was to provide independent input to the FRIB Laboratory Director and the MSU President for their authorization to operate the accelerator front end (ion source, low-energy beam transport, radio frequency quadrupole accelerator, and medium-energy beam transport) for commissioning with beam.

The review committee comprised six reviewers affiliated with three national laboratories and the review was observed by representatives from Michigan State University, the U.S. Department of Energy, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and the European Spallation Source.

FRIB staff gave eleven presentations on hazards and their mitigation, and the readiness of personnel, procedures, programs, and equipment for operation. The review committee found that FRIB is making appropriate progress toward operation and provided a list of eight recommendations to be addressed.

The next ARR, for the accelerator through the first three cryomodules, is scheduled for May 2018.