Welcome to the Superconducting Particle Accelerator Forum of the Americas (SPAFOA). The not-for-profit SPAFOA is an industrial forum that promotes the participation of U.S. industry in major Federally funded particle accelerator projects and develops the expertise within industry to apply this technology to the commercial marketplace. The forum provides a vehicle to integrate the resources of the U.S. industrial base into the research, development, manufacturing, construction and operation of major programs based on superconducting radio frequency (SCRF) accelerator technology. The forum’s activities include:
- Three meetings per year at major accelerator facilities located at DOE National laboratories or universities
- Monthly newsletters to inform the members of key issues and events that impact the development of SCRF accelerator technology
- Annual Capitol Hill briefing for members of Congress and their staffs on the issues and progress impacting industrialization of this technology
- Continuing an open dialog with elements within the Federal government responsible for planning and funding R7D activities for advanced accelerator technology
Membership in the SPAFOA is open to industries, universities, and Government laboratory contractors interested in developing a strong industrial base in the U.S for this critical emerging technology. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details and a membership application.
Argonne National Laboratory - June 13, 2013:
The forum held its second membership meeting for 2013 at ANL on June 13. The meeting date was scheduled to follow the ILC Global Design Report completion ceremony at Fermilab the day before. We focused this meeting on ANL's accelerator technology development and the lab's extensive technology development and commercialization programs. We were welcomed by Harry Weerts, Director of High Energy Physics who then gave an excellent presentation on ANL's accelerator and detector programs. CJ Guron, business executive of ANL's Technology Development and Commercialization Division presented an overview of the policy and procedures for industry to conduct R&D at the lab and accelerator technologies that are available for licensing. A lively discussion followed which resulted in an excellent interchange of ideas on issues and advantages of industry working with the labs. Copies of the key ANL presentations are below.