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SLAC Accelerator Research Experimental
program Committee (SAREC) (archive)

3rd. SAREC REVIEW MEETING - October 11th-12th, 2012 - Redwood C/D Conference Room, ROB (Building 48) -

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, is soliciting proposals for an external user-driven program.
Previous meetings of the SAREC review committee to review proposals were held in January 2011 and January 2012. SAREC recommendations were used to award beam time in the FACET User-Aided Commissioning period in August 2011 and the first FACET user run of March-July 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.

Specific Charge for FACET Review October 2012:

FACET intends to have one user run period each year separated by a ½ year downtime for the installation of new experiments. A tentative long-term schedule can be found here.
The specific charge for the October, 2012 meeting is to:
· Evaluate the scientific merit and rate the technical risk of the new proposals for FACET and ESTB high energy program
· Determine whether the new proposals would be appropriate for upcoming user runs in FACET (FY 2013) and ESTB
· Analyze the achievements of existing R&D at FACET and modify the existing SAREC ranking if appropriate
· Comment (where appropriate) on the R&D progress of the experimental programs at ASTA, ESTB and NLCTA. Please consider the following questions in your comments:
a. Is the science unique and is the progress compelling?
b. Is the program making effective use of facility and lab resources?
c. Could the program be enhanced by expanding the collaboration?
d. Is there natural synergy with other lab programs?
· Comment on the synergy of the programs within and between the facilities. Are there opportunities SLAC should pursue? What would be needed to successfully realize these opportunities?
The proposals should be rated using the following rating scale:
· Excellent
· Very Good
· Good
· Fair
· 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,
· the suitability of the experiment for the 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.
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

September 1st, 2012:

a). Proposal deadline

b). Proposals go to internal committee

c). Proposals go to SAREC

September 13th, 2012:
a). Comments from internal committee to proposers
September 27th, 2012:

a). Additional comments from internal committee to proposers (if any)

b). Comments from SAREC to proposers

October 4th, 2012:

a). Changes to proposals (if any) posted

b). Access to all proposals for the all proposers

October 11th, 2012:
a). Review (see agenda)

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