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Nuclear Physics Accelerator Technology

Please Note that a Letter of Intent is due Tuesday, September 08, 2015 5:00pm ET Program Area Overview Office of Nuclear Physics  Nuclear physics (NP) research seeks to understand the structure and interactions of atomic nuclei and the fundamental forces and particles of nature as manifested in nuclear matter.  Nuclear processes are responsible for the nature and abundance of all matter, which in turn determines the essential physical characteristics of the universe.  The primary mission of the Nuclear Physics (NP) program is to develop and support the scientists, techniques, and facilities that are needed for basic nuclear physics research and isotope development and production.  Attendant upon this core mission are responsibilities to enlarge and diversify the Nation’s pool of technically trained talent and to facilitate transfer of technology and knowledge to support the Nation’s economic base.  Nuclear physics research is carried out at national laboratories and accelerator facilities, and at universities.  The Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF) allows detailed studies of how quarks and gluons bind together to make protons and neutrons.  In an upgrade currently underway, the CEBAF electron beam energy will be doubled from 6 to 12 GeV.  The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is forming new states of matter, which have not existed since the first moments after the birth of the Universe; a beam luminosity upgrade is currently underway. NP is supporting the development of a future Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) currently under construction at Michigan State University.  The NP community is also exploring opportunities with a proposed electron_ion collider.   The NP program also supports research and facility operations directed toward understanding the properties of nuclei at their limits of stability, and of the fundamental properties of nucleons and neutrinos.  This research is made possible with the Argonne Tandem Linac Accelerator System (ATLAS) at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) which provides stable and radioactive beams as well as a variety of species and energies; a local program of basic and applied research at the 88_Inch Cyclotron of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL); the operations of accelerators for in_house research programs at two universities (Texas A&M University and the Triangle Universities Nuclear Laboratory (TUNL) at Duke University), which provide unique instrumentation with a special emphasis on the training of students; non_accelerator experiments, such as large standalone detectors and observatories for rare events.  Of interest is R&D related to future experiments in fundamental symmetries such as neutrinoless double_beta decay experiments and measurement of the electric dipole moment of the neutron, where extremely low background and low count rate particle detections are essential. Another area of R&D is rare isotope beam capabilities, which could lead to a set of accelerator technologies and instrumentation developments targeted to explore the limits of nuclear existence.  By producing and studying highly unstable nuclei that are now formed only in stars, scientists could better understand stellar evolution and the origin of the elements. Our ability to continue making a scientific impact on the general community relies heavily on the availability of cutting edge technology and advances in detector instrumentation, electronics, software, accelerator design, and isotope production.  The technical topics that follow describe research and development opportunities in the equipment, techniques, and facilities needed to conduct and advance nuclear physics research at existing and future facilities.  For additional information regarding the Office of Nuclear Physics priorities, click here. 23. Nuclear Physics Accelerator Technology  Maximum Phase I Award Amount:  $150,000 Maximum Phase II Award Amount:  $1,000,000 Accepting SBIR Phase I Applications:  YES Accepting SBIR Fast_Track Applications:  YES Accepting STTR Phase I Applications:  YES Accepting STTR Fast_Track Applications:  YES The Nuclear Physics program supports a broad range of activities aimed at research and development related to the science, engineering, and technology of heavy_ion, electron, and proton accelerators and associated systems.  Research and development is desired that will advance fundamental accelerator technology and itsapplications to nuclear physics scientific research.  Areas of interest include the basic technologiesof the Brookhaven National Laboratory?s Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC), with heavy ion beam energies up to 100 GeV/nucleon  and polarized proton beam energies up to 255 GeV; technologies associated with RHIC luminosity upgrades; linear accelerators such as the Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF);  development of devices and/or methods that would be useful in the generation of intense rare isotope beams with the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams  (FRIB) under construction at Michigan State University and the development of a future electron_ion collider;.  A major focus in all of the above areas is superconducting radio frequency (RF) acceleration and its related technologies.  Relevance of applications to nuclear physics must be explicitly described, as discussed in more detail below.  Grant applications that propose using the resources of a third party (such as a DOE laboratory) must include, in the application, a letter of certification from an authorized official of that organization.   All grant applications must explicitly show relevance to the DOE nuclear physics program. Additionally, applications must be informed by prior art in nuclear physics applications, commercially available products and emerging technologies A proposal based on incremental improvements or little innovations, in the right context, can have an enormous impact or value. Such a proposal must be convincing, otherwise it will be considered as being non_responsive. Grant applications are sought only in the following subtopics:   a. Materials and Components for Radio Frequency Devices  Grant applications are sought to improve or advance superconducting and room_temperature materials or components for RF devices used in particle accelerators.  Areas of interest include (1) peripheral components, for both room temperature and superconducting structures, such as ultra_high vacuum seals, terminations, high reliability radio frequency windows using alternative materials (e.g., sapphire), ceramics that have good dielectric properties such as a loss tangent better than 0.01% at 1 GHz yet exhibits a small dc conductivity to overcome charging by beams or field emission., RF power couplers, high power  lowimpedance bellows and magnetostrictive or piezoelectric cavity_tuning mechanisms; (2) fast ferroelectric microwave components that control reactive power for fast tuning of cavities or fast control of input power coupling; (3) materials that efficiently absorb microwaves from 2 to 90 GHz and are compatible with ultra_high vacuum, particulate_free environments at 2 to 4 K; (4) innovative designs for hermetically sealed helium refrigerators and other cryogenic equipment, which simplify procedures and reduce costs associated with repair and modification; (5) simple, low_cost mechanical techniques for damping length oscillations in accelerating structures, effective in the 10_300 Hz range at 2 and/or 4.5 K; (6) alternative, and preferably industrial cavity fabrication techniques, such as hydro forming or spinning of seamless SRF cavities; as well as metal forming techniques with the potential for significant cost reductions by simplifying sub_assemblies ? e.g., dumbbells and beam tube ? and reducing the number of electron beam welds.; and (7) novel SRF linac mechanical support structures with low thermal conductivity and high vibration isolation and strength.   Grant applications also are sought to develop (1) methods for manufacturing superconducting radio frequency (SRF) accelerating structures with Q0>3×1010 at 2.0 K, or with correspondingly lower Q?s at higher temperatures such as 4.5 K; and (2) advanced fabrication methods for SRF cavities of various geometries (including elliptical, quarter, half wave resonators and crab cavities) to reduce production costs.   Grant applications are also sought to develop advanced diagnostic techniques for SRF cavities/resonators, including new methods of temperature mapping, magnetic flux monitoring, optical inspection and second sound quench detections that will lead to better understanding of the cavity quality factors and quench limits.  Grant applications are also sought to develop new concepts of dressed SRF cavities (SRF cavities equipped with He vessels and tuners) with improved mechanical properties to mitigate He pressure fluctuations, microphonics and Lorentz force detuning.      Grant applications also are sought to develop (1) improved superconducting materials or processes applied to such material that have lower RF losses, operate at higher temperatures, and/or have higher RF critical fields than sheet niobium. Approaches of interest involving atomic layer deposition (ALD) synthesis should identify appropriate precursors and create high quality, NbN, Nb3Sn, or MgB2 films with anti_diffusion dielectric overlayers; and (2) techniques to create a layer of niobium on the interior of a copper elliptical cavity, such as by energetic ion deposition, so that the resulting 700_1500 MHz structures have Q0>1 x 1010 at 2 K at operational fields.  Demonstration of deposition should be on an actual RF cavity surface, e.g., elliptical, or another cavity surfaces, such as a quarter or crab geometry.  Grant applications also are sought for laser or electron beam surface glazing of niobium for surface purification and annealing in vacuum.   Finally, grant applications are sought to develop advanced techniques for surface processing of superconducting resonators, including methods for electropolishing, high temperature treatments, laser or electron beam surface glazing of niobium for surface purification and annealing in vacuum; and surface coatings that enhance or stabilize performance parameters. Methods which avoid use of hydrofluoric acid are desirable. Surface conditioning processes of interest should (1) yield microscopically smooth (Rq< 10 nm / 10?m2), crystallographically clean bulk niobium surfaces; and/or (2) reliably remove essentially all surface particulate contaminates (> 0.1 ?m) from interior surfaces of typical RF accelerating structures.  Grant applications aimed at design solutions that enable integrated cavity processing with tight process quality control are highly sought.  Questions ? Contact: Manouchehr.farkhondeh@science.doe.gov. Also can contact the NP Topic Associate (TA) listed at the beginning of the References section for this topic.  b. Radio Frequency Power Sources  Grant applications are sought to develop designs and hardware for 5_20 kW continuous wave (cw) power sources at distinct frequencies in the range of 50_1500 MHz.  Examples of candidate technologies include:  solid_state devices, multi_cavity klystrons, tunable/phase stabilized magnetron, Inductive_Output Tubes (IOTs), or hybrids of those technologies.  Emphasis is desirable on reduced power consumption, bandwidth, ease of manufacture, mitigation of risk with RF Device obsolescence and enhanced reliability measures. Grant applications also are sought to develop computer software for the design or modeling of any of these devices; such software should be able to faithfully model the complex shapes with full selfconsistency.  Software that integrates multiple effects, such as electromagnetic and wall heating is of particular interest.    Grant applications also are sought for a microwave power device, klystron, IOT, tunable/phase stabilized magnetron or solid state amplifiers, especially class F devices, offering improved efficiency (>70%) while delivering up to 12.5 kW, 50 kW or 500 kW CW at 952.6 MHz. The device must provide a high degree of backwards compatibility, both in size and voltage requirements, to allow its use as a replacement for the klystron (model VKL7811) presently used at TJNAF, while providing significant energy savings.    Grant applications are sought for highly efficient 844 MHz RF amplifiers capable of producing in excess of 500 kW CW for the purpose of powering super_conducting accelerator cavities.  Questions ? Contact: Manouchehr.farkhondeh@science.doe.gov. Also can contact the NP Topic Associate (TA) listed at the beginning of the References section for this topic.  c. Design and Operation of Radio Frequency Beam Acceleration Systems  Grant applications are sought for the design, fabrication, and operation of radio frequency accelerating structures and systems for electrons, protons, and light_ and heavy_ion particle accelerators.  Areas of interest include (1) continuous wave (cw) structures, both superconducting and non_superconducting, for the acceleration of beams in the velocity regime between 0.001 and 0.03 times the velocity of light, and with charge_to_mass ratios between 1/6 and 1/240; (2) superconducting RF accelerating structures appropriate for rare isotope beam accelerator drivers, for particles with speeds in the range of 0.02_0.8 times the speed of light; (3) innovative techniques for field control of ion acceleration structures (0.1? or less of phase and 0.1% amplitude) and electron acceleration structures (0.1? of phase and 0.01% amplitude) in the presence of 10_100 Hz variations of the structures? resonant frequencies (0.1_1.5 GHz); (4) multi_cell, superconducting, 0.4_1.5 GHz accelerating structures that have sufficient higher_order mode damping, for use in energy_recovering linac_based devices with ~1 A of electron beam; (5) methods for preserving beam quality by damping beam_break_up effects in the presence of otherwise unacceptablylarge, higher_order cavity modes ? one example of which would be a very high bandwidth feedback system; (6) development of tunable (up to 10_4) superconducting RF cavities for acceleration and/or storage of relativistic heavy ions; and (7) development of rapidly tunable RF systems for applications such as non_scaling fixed_field alternating gradient accelerators (FFAG) and rapid cycling synchrotrons, either for providing high power proton beams.  More specifically, RF cavities with high gain in voltage >30 kV and fast frequency switching are of interest forapplications in fast acceleration of non_relativistic protons or ions with 0.1 < v/c the goal is to create higher Q cavities where the frequency between two cavities can vary up to 25%. Grant applications also are sought to develop software for the design and modeling of the above systems.  Desired modeling capabilities include (1) charged particle dynamics in complex shapes, including energy recovery analysis; (2) the incorporation of complex fine structures, such as higher order mode dampers; (3) the computation of particle_ and field_induced heat loads on walls; (4) the incorporation of experimentally measured 3_D charge and bunch distributions; and (5) and the simulation of the electron cloud effect and its suppression.  A high_integrated_voltage SRF cw crab crossing cavity is also of interest.  Therefore, grant applications are sought for (1) designs, computer_modeling, and hardware development for an SRF crab crossing cavity with 0.4 to 1.5 GHz frequency and 3 to 50 MV integrated voltage; and (2) beam dynamics simulations of an interaction region with crab crossing.  One example of candidate technologies would be a multi_cell SRF deflecting cavity.    Finally, grant applications also are sought  to develop and demonstrate low level RF system control algorithms or controlhardware that provide a robust and adaptive environment suitable for any accelerator RF system.  Of special interest are approaches that address the particular challenges of superconducting RF systems, but room temperature systems are of interest as well.    Questions ? Contact: Manouchehr.farkhondeh@science.doe.gov. Also can contact the NP Topic Associate (TA) listed at the beginning of the References section for this topic.  d. Particle Beam Sources and Techniques  Grant applications are sought to develop (1) particle beam ion sources and/or associated components with improved intensity, emittance, and range of species; (2) methods and/or devices for reducing the emittance of relativistic ion beams ? such as coherent electron cooling, electron bunched_beam cooling, and electron or optical_stochastic cooling; (3) methods and devices to increase the charge state of ion beams (e.g., by the use of special electron_cyclotron_resonance ionizers, electron_beam ionizers, or special stripping techniques);  (4) methods and /or devices for improving emission capabilities of photocathode sources, such as improving charge lifetime, bunch charge, average current, emittance, or energy spread; (5) techniques for in situ coating of elliptical and other surface contour RF cavities and long beam pipes with thick superconducting films; (6) novel methods for in situ surface cleaning (scrubbing) of ultrahigh vacuum long narrow tubes and elliptical cavities to reduce secondary electron yield and outgassing; (7) novel, robust coatings to passivate conductance limited beam pipe for UHV operation to reduce thermal and stimulated outgassing;  (8) high brightness electron beam sources utilizing continuous wave (cw) superconducting RF cavities with integral photocathodes operating at high acceleration gradients; (9) techniques and devices for measuring RF resistivity of cryogenically cooled coated tubes; and (10) CW superconducting or normal_conducting RF cavity(s) that integrate with photocathode or field emitting cathodes such as micro_tips or carbon nanotubes.              Accelerator techniques for an energy recovery linac (ERL) and/or a circulator ring (CR) based electron cooling facility for cooling medium to high energy bunched proton or ion beams are of high interest for next generation colliders for nuclear physics experiments.  Therefore, grant applications are sought for  (1) design, modeling and proto_type development for a magnetized electron source/injector with a high bunch charge (up to 2 nC), up to 1 ns bunch length, high average current (above 200 mA) and high bunch repetition rate ( 20 to 500 MHz); (2) designs, modeling, and hardware and component development for a fast beam_switching kicker with 0.5 ns duration and 10 to 20 kW power in the range of 5_50 MHz repetition rate; (3) optics designs and tracking simulations of beam systems for ERLs  and  CRs, with energy range from 5 to 130 MeV; (4) designs, modeling, and hardware and component development for understanding the effects of passage through targets and solenoidal magnetic fields on energy recovery, and beam characteristics,  (5) transporting and matching magnetized beams with superconducting solenoids in cooling channels; (6) study of synchrotron radiation and its impact on beam dynamics in ERLs and CRs; and (7) development of new concepts for high_energy, high_power electron beam dumps that minimize activation of surrounding structures.  Examples of candidate technologies include photocathode or thermionic electron guns with a DC or RF accelerating structure; SRF deflecting cavity, pulse compression techniques, and beam_based kicker.  Grant applications also are sought to develop computer software for the design, modeling and simulating any of these devices and beam transport systems.    Grant applications are sought to develop beam absorbers for energy_recovery linac driven medical isotope facilities. In such facilities an energy_recovering electron beam interacts with a thin high_Z target. After interaction with the thin target, the beam halo generated must be deposited in a controlled way and absorbed downstream of the target but before substantial bending for energy recovery. High efficiency in beam absorption leads to higher electron beam current and to higher possible overall production rates in the facility.   Grant applications are sought for the development of alkali_antimonide photocathodes that exhibit high quantum efficiency and robust long_lifetime operation while delivering high average current beams (milliamperes) when used inside dc high voltage or rf photoguns. These cathodes should be optimized to achieve high electron beam brightness, ideally in the presence of strong electric fields.   We envision a commercial product line of photocathodes grown on substrates compatible with load locked gun designs used at a variety of national laboratories.  Lastly, grant applications are sought to develop software that adds significantly to the state_of_the_art in the simulation of beam physics.  Areas of interest include (1) electron cooling, including software product for start to end simulations of coherent electron cooling, including both microbunching and FEL concepts, (2) intra_beam and interbeam scattering, (3) spin dynamics, (4) polarized beam generation including modeling of cathode geometries for high current polarized electron sources, (5) generating and transporting polarized electron beam, (6) beam dynamics, transport and instabilities, (7) electron or plasma discharge in vacuum under the influence of charged beams, (8) simulation of space_charge tune shift and tune spread in stored ion beams, (9) beam_beam effects in colliders; and (9) non_relativistic space charge and its influence on ring dynamics.  The software should use modern best practices for software design, should run on multiple platforms, and should run in both serial and parallel configurations.  Such product should be easy to use and provide visualization. There is particular interest in porting accelerator modeling codes to the GPU, Xeon Phi, and other emerging architectures. Grant applications also are sought to develop graphical user interfaces for problem definition and setup.    Questions ? Contact: Manouchehr.farkhondeh@science.doe.gov. Also can contact the NP Topic Associate (TA) listed at the beginning of the References section for this topic.  e. Polarized Beam Sources and Polarimeters  With respect to polarized sources, grant applications are sought to develop (1) polarized  hydrogen and deuterium (H_/D_) 3He sources and/or associated  components with polarization above 90%; (2) cw polarized electron sources and/or associated  components delivering beams of ~50 mA, with longitudinal polarization greater than 80%;  (3) devices, systems, and sub_systems for producing variable_helicity beams of  electrons with polarizations greater than 80% and currents > 200 microamps , that have very small helicity_correlated changes in beam intensity, position, angle, and emittance.    Grant applications also are sought to develop (1) methods to improve high voltage stand_off and reduce field emission from high voltage electrodes, compatible with ultra_high_vacuum environments; (2) wavelength_tunable (700 to 850 nm) mode_locked lasers, with pulse repetition rate between 0.5 and 3 GHz and average output power >10 W; and (3) a cost_effective means to obtain and measure vacuum below 10_12 Torr.    Grant applications also are sought for (1) advanced software and hardware to facilitate the manipulation and optimized control of the spin of polarized beams; (2) advanced beam diagnostic concepts, including new beam polarimeters and polarimeter targets and fast reversal of the spin of stored, polarized beams; (3) absolute polarimeters for spin polarized 3He beams with energies up to 160 GeV/nucleon (4) novel concepts for producing polarizing particles of interest to nuclear physics research, including electrons, positrons, protons, deuterons, and 3He; and (5) credible sophisticated computer software for tracking the spin of polarized particles in storage rings and colliders.  Questions ? Contact: Manouchehr.farkhondeh@science.doe.gov. Also can contact the NP Topic Associate (TA) listed at the beginning of the References section for this topic.  f. Charge Strippers for Heavy Ion Accelerators  The following simulation studies are of interest:  (1) simulation of the interaction of an intense heavy ion beam with the media used in charge strippers; (2) simulation of the effect of the heavy ion beam on a liquid lithium film used as a charge stripper; and (3) simulation of a He gas stripper with counter flows perpendicular to the heavy ion beam in order to study the heating effect and density variations effects on energy spread. Study of the film stability with high power density deposition is also of interest. Thin foils are also desirable as windows for gas targets and as photon taggers used in conjunction with Megawatt electron beams for fundamental nuclear physics experiments.  Questions ? Contact: Manouchehr.farkhondeh@science.doe.gov. Also can contact the NP Topic Associate (TA) listed at the beginning of the References section for this topic.  g. Rare Isotope Beam Production Technology  Grant applications are sought to develop (1)  ion sources for radioactive beams, (2) techniques for secondary radioactive beam collection, charge equilibration, and cooling; (3) technology for stopping energetic radioactive ions in helium gas and extracting them efficiently as high_quality low_energy ion beams; (4) advanced parallel_computing simulation techniques for the optimization of both normal_ andsuper_conducting accelerating structures for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), and (5) High_rate (~107 pps) position, angle and timing tracking detectors for fast heavy ion beams (50_250 MeV/u)…  Grant applications also are sought to develop fast_release solid catcher materials.  The stopping of highenergy (>MeV/u) heavy_ion reaction products  in solid catchers is important for realizing high_intensity low_energy beams of certain elements and for the parasitic use of rare isotopes produced by projectile fragmentation.  The development of suitable high_temperature materials to achieve fast release of the stopped rare isotopes as atomic or single_species molecular vapor is required  Grant applications also are sought to develop techniques for efficient rare isotope extraction from water.  Water_filled beam dumps or reaction product catchers, considered in the context of high_power rare isotope beam production, could provide a source for the harvesting heavy_ion reaction products stopped in the water.     Grant applications also are sought to develop techniques for the charge breeding of rare isotopes in Electron Beam Ion Sources or Traps (EBIS/T) prior to reacceleration. High breeding efficiencies in single charge states and short breeding times are required. In order to be able to optimize these values, simulation tools will be needed that realistically describe electron_ion interaction and ion cooling mechanisms and use accurate electric and magnetic field models. Also high performance electron guns with well_behaved beam compression into the magnetic field of the EBIS/T will be required. The electron guns will have to be optimized for high perveance and multi_Ampere electron current output in order to optimize ion capacity, ion beam acceptance and breeding times. Grant applications are sought for development of radiation tolerant or radiation resistant multipole inserts in large_aperture superconducting quadrupoles used in fragment separators. Sextupole and octupole coils with multipole fields of up to 0.4 T are required to operate in a 2_T quadrupole field. Minimum cold mass and all_inorganic construction are requirements that may be partially met with High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) coils or conventional superconductors with non_standard insulation.   Grant applications are sought for development of radiation resistant thermal isolation systems for superconducting magnets. Support links connecting room temperature with the liquid helium structure have to support large magnetic forces, but at the same time have low thermal conductivities to limit heat input. Typically, all_metal links have ten to twenty times higher heat leaks than composite structures. Composites are, however, hundreds or thousands of times more sensitive to radiation damage than metals and so cannot be used in the high_radiation environment surrounding the production target or beam dump areas of high_power heavy ion accelerators. Given the high cost of cryogenic refrigeration, development of radiation resistant, high_performance support links is very desirable.  Lastly, grant applications are sought to develop advanced and innovative approaches to the construction of large aperture superconducting and/or room temperature magnets and/or associated components, for use in fragment separators and magnetic spectrographs at rare isotope beam accelerator facilities.  Grant applications also are sought for special designs that are applicable for use in high radiation areas.    (Additional needs for high_radiation applications can be found in subtopic f ?Technology for High Radiation environments? of Topic 24, Nuclear Physics Detection Systems, Instrumentation and Techniques.)  Questions ? Contact: Manouchehr.farkhondeh@science.doe.gov. Also can contact the NP Topic Associate (TA) listed at the beginning of the References section for this topic.  h. Accelerator Control and Diagnostics  Grant applications are sought to develop (1) advanced beam diagnostics concepts and devices that provide high speed computer_compatible measurement and real_time monitoring and readout of particle beam intensity, position, emittance, polarization, luminosity, momentum profile, time of arrival, and energy (including such advanced methods as neural networks or expert systems such as those employing genetic algorithms, and techniques that are nondestructive to the beams being monitored); (2) beam diagnostic devices that have increased sensitivities through the use of superconducting components (for example, filters based on high Tc superconducting technology or Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices); (3) measurement devices/systems for cw beam currents in the range 0.1 to 100 ?A, with very high precision (<10_4) and short integration times; (4) beam diagnostics for ion beams with intensities less than 107 nuclei/second; (5) non_destructive beam diagnostics for stored proton/ion beams, such as at the RHIC, and/or for 100 mA class electron beams; (6) devices/systems that measure the emittance of intense (>100kW) cw ion beams, such as those expected at FRIB; (7) beam halo monitor systems for ion beams; (8) instrumentation for electron cloud effect diagnostics and suppression, and (9) new beam diagnostics enabled by non_traditional bulk materials such as diamond, graphene, other thin_film and nano_structured materials.  Grant applications are sought for the development of triggerable, high speed optical and/or IR cameras, with associated MByte_scale digital frame grabbers for investigating time dependent phenomena in accelerator beams. Image capture equipment needs to operate in a high_radiation environment and have a frame capture rate of up to 1 MHz. Imaging system needs to have memory capacity at the level of 1000 frames (10 GByte or higher total memory capacity).  The cameras will be used for high_speed analysis of optical transition or optical diffraction radiation data.   Grant applications are sought for developing point of delivery beam bunch length monitors for the Jefferson Lab CEBAF accelerator. Beam energies are from 6_12 GeV and bendi

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