MYRRHA-MINERVA injector status and commissioning

Angélique Gatera, Jorik Belmans, François Davin, Wouter De Cock, Vincenzo De Florio, Frédéric Doucet, Laurent Parez, Franck Pompon, Aurélien Ponton, Dirk Vandeplassche, Erik Verhagen, Frédéric Bouly, Emmanuel Froidefond, A. Plaçais, Ben Abdillah, C. Joly, L. Perrot, Holger Podlech, C. Zhang, J. Tamura

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The MYRRHA project at SCK•CEN, Belgium, aims at coupling a 600 MeV proton accelerator to a subcritical fission core operating at a thermal power of 60 MW. The nominal proton beam for this ADS has an intensity of 4 mA and is delivered in a quasi-CW mode. MYRRHA’s linac is designed to be fault tolerant thanks to redundancy implemented in parallel at low energy and serially in the superconducting linac. Phase 1 of the project, named MINERVA, will realise a 100 MeV, 4 mA superconducting linac with the mission of demonstrating the ADS requirements in terms of reliability and of fault tolerance. As part of the reliability optimisation program the integrated prototyping of the MINERVA injector is ongoing at SCK•CEN in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. The injector test stand aims at testing sequentially all the elements composing the front-end of the injector. This contribution will highlight the beam dynamics choices in MINERVA’s injector and their impact on ongoing commissioning activities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJournal of Accelerator Conferences Website
Subtitle of host publication64th ICFA ABDW on High-Intensity and High-Brightness Hadron Beams
PublisherJACoW Publishing
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-95450-225-7
StatePublished - 28 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameICFA ABDW on High-Intensity and High-Brightness Hadron Beams
ISSN (Electronic)2673-5571

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