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SLAC Accelerator Research Experimental
program Committee (SAREC)

2nd. SAREC REVIEW MEETING - January 30th-31st, 2012 - ROB
Charge to committee:

The Accelerator Research Division (ARD) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory manages a strong R&D program in Accelerator Science and Technology. As part of this program, ARD operates a number of facilities for experimental accelerator research including the NLC Test Accelerator (NLCTA), the Accelerator Structure Test Area (ASTA), and the new beamlines at the Facility for Advanced Accelerator Experimental Tests (FACET) and the End Station Test Beam (ESTB).
The NLCTA and ASTA facilities largely support the in-house R&D programs although some external proposals can be considered. The new FACET beamline supports an external user-driven program with priority given to wakefield-driven beam acceleration experiments. The ESTB facility, located in End Station A, will be soliciting proposals for an external user-driven program in 2012.
SAREC met in January 2011 to review FACET proposals. SAREC recommendations were used to award beam time in the User-Aided Commissioning period in August 2011 and the first FACET user run of 2012.
The charge of the SAREC committee is to:
  • evaluate the merit of proposed R&D in SLAC’s experimental accelerator research facilities for advancing world-class accelerator science or accelerator technology
  • evaluate the feasibility of proposed R&D in SLAC’s accelerator research facilities
  • review the progress of existing R&D in SLAC’s accelerator research facilities
The committee will report to the Head of the SLAC Accelerator Research Division and is expected to meet once per year. The committee will be supported with ad hoc consultants as necessary. The proposals will have been looked at by an internal committee to estimate issues associated with mounting the experiments and this information will be available to SAREC.
FACET intends to have two user run periods each year separated by a short downtime for the installation of new experiments.
The current FACET proposals should be evaluated for the second scheduled FACET run in 2012 and the two FACET runs in 2013.
The specific charge for the January, 2012 meeting is to:
  • Evaluate the scientific merit and rate the technical risk of the proposals
  • Review the progress of existing R&D at FACET
  • Determine whether the proposal would be appropriate for upcoming user runs in FACET (the second user run in 2012 and the two user runs in 2013)
  • Assess opportunities for additional collaborations and/or external user proposals
  • Comment on the focus of broader SLAC ARD experimental program and suggest opportunities for additional collaboration or external user engagement
The proposals should be rated using the following rating scale:
  1. Excellent
  2. Very Good
  3. Good
  4. Fair
  5. Not well suited
The rating should be based on:
  • the scientific merit of the proposal, assuming successful execution,
  • the technical risk associated with the detailed measurements and requested beam parameters,
  • if applicable, the progress of the experiment to date at FACET
  • the suitability of the experiment for the FACET facility in terms of beam energy, bunch length, beam emittances, etc.
The reviewers should note if they feel that the experiment could be more reasonably performed at an alternate facility.
As noted, the proposals have been initially scanned by an internal committee looking to make sure the proposals are complete and self-consistent. In certain cases, supplemental information has been requested. If additional information is still needed for a full evaluation, the review committee should note this and may make a qualified rating or may skip the review if appropriate.

Committee Members:

Uwe Bergmann (SLAC)
Gerry Dugan (Cornell)
Eric Esarey (LBL)
Jie Gao (IHEP)
Kathy Harkay (ANL)
Carsten Hast (SLAC, Scientific Secretary)
Sergei Nagaitsev (FNAL)
Andrei Seryi (Chair, John Adams Institute)
Vitaly Yakimenko (BNL)
Kaoru Yokoya (KEK)
Frank Zimmermann (CERN
 
Timeline:
October 15th, 2011:
a). Proposal deadline (ongoing).
b). Proposals go to internal committee
c). Proposals go to SAREC
November 15th, 2011:
a). Proposal deadline (ongoing).
b). Proposals go to internal committee
c). Proposals go to SAREC
January 2nd, 2012:
a). Comments from internal committee to proposers
January 16th, 2011:
a). Additional comments from internal committee to proposers (if any)
b). Comments from SAREC to proposers
January 23th, 2012:
a). Changes to proposals (if any) posted
b). Access to all proposals for the all proposers
January 30th, 2012:
a). Review (see agenda)

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