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 email@example.com for details and a membership application.
MSU FRIB Meeting - April 3, 2013:
The SPAFOA held our first meeting for 2013 at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University on April 3. The meeting was attended by 24 forum members. Our group was welcomed by Dr. Konrad Gelbke, Director, who also conducted the facility tour at the end of the agenda. We received a detailed overview of the FRIB program by Dr. Thomas Glasmacher FRIB Program manager and a talk on FRIB contracting strategy by Tom Nowak, Director of Procurement. These talks can be accessed by clicking on them within the agenda.
The Forum held our last meeting at FRIB in Oct. 2011. Since that time significant progress has been made. The program received CD-2 approval from DOE in 2012, however construction is on hold due to restrictions within the current continuing budget resolution. FRIB is cofunded by DOE and the State of Michigan with DOE providing the majority of the dollars.