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.
FRIB at MSU - May 1, 2014:
FRIB Meeting-May 1: The forum held a meeting at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University on May 1. The meeting was attended by 22 SPAFOA members and senior personnel from the FRIB program. FRIB received authorization to begin construction in March and they are currently excavating the ground for this major facility. We had a full agenda which was opened by Dr. Kolrad Gelbke, Lab Director followed by Dr. Thomas Glasmacher, FRIB program manager who give an excellent overview of the project’s schedule. Other FRIB speakers included Tom Nowak, procurement director, Jie Wei accelerator lead and Georg Bollen, target systems lead. The forum discussed issues such as Congressional relations, best practice procurement factors, and accelerator stewardship. Our group was treated to a tour of the facility by Dr. Gelbke at the conclusion of the agenda. To view all presentations, click on FRIB AGENDA.