RFQ School

Since the first Radio Frequency Quadrupole accelerator (RFQ) was demonstrated in Protvino, Russia, in 1972 and later at Los Alamos in 1980 many RFQs have been built worldwide for a variety of valuable applications in research, industry and medicine.

Los Alamos for the Superconducting Super Collider, 1993
Los Alamos for the Superconducting Super Collider, 1993
Proton Therapy Linac Injector, CERN, 2016
Proton Therapy Linac Injector, CERN, 2016
Facility for Rare Isotope Beams Michigan State University, 2016
Facility for Rare Isotope Beams
Michigan State University, 2016
Rare Isotope Science Project, Korea, 2016
Rare Isotope Science Project, Korea, 2016

In the following decades the computer code PARMTEQ became the standard tool used by machine builders to design RFQs. One of the original authors of PARMTEQ has since written a derivative version, RFQGEN, which is available to the global accelerator community.  RFQGEN includes an improved user interface and supports a broader range of design parameters.  It preserves the fundamental physics and incorporates many years of experience in RFQ design, fabrication, tuning and operation. RFQGEN can be used to design RFQs over a wide range of design parameters and performance requirements and, in addition, can simulate the detailed beam dynamics performance of the resulting designs. 

For the past 5 years we have offered “RFQ School” to teach machine designers how to successfully design RFQs using RFQGEN and proven design approaches. In 2017 we will again offer a 3 day RFQ School beginning Saturday, May 20th at ESS in Lund, Sweden just following IPAC’17.

Single user versions of RGQGEN will be licensed for $7.5k while institutional versions will be available for $12k. Licenses will be indefinite and will include one year of code maintenance. Licensed users are invited to attend RFQ School free of charge. If you or any of your colleagues would like a formal invitation to attend RFQ School to learn RFQGEN or have further questions please contact Jim [at] Stovall [dot] net and he will be happy to provide you with an invitation letter.