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​SLAC Accelerator Test Facilities

The test facilities at SLAC are utilized to:

1). develop and test near-term solutions for accelerator systems including rf structures and power sources as well as beam optical, diagnostic and collimation systems.

2). provide beams for state-of-the-art beam acceleration concepts and other experiments

3). provide diagnostic beams for detector development.

for more information contact Carsten Hast (650-926-8556, )


Accelerator Structure Test Area (ASTA)

ASTA is a test facility for gun development and high gradient research. The facility includes:
  • Two X-band 50 MW klystrons that can be combined.
  • A variable length pulse compressor that can produce up to 500 MW.
  • The most agile RF system suitable for fast turn around of experiments.
  • One 40 MW S-band klystron
  • IR and UV short pulse lasers

for more information contact Stephen Weathersby (650-926-3890, )

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