Construction work has started on a part of a project to double the power of the proton beam in the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
It’s the first construction work at the $1.4 billion SNS since 2006.
The current work is limited to what is known as the klystron gallery. It houses radio-frequency systems. They power the structures that are used to accelerate a negatively-charged hydrogen ion beam in the linear accelerator at SNS.
ORNL has previously said the klystron gallery construction could last about one year.
The work is part of a project called the proton power upgrade, or PPU. It will eventuallyÂ double the power of the SNSÂ proton beam from 1.4 megawatts to 2.8 megawatts. That could be a seven-year project. The potential cost has previously been estimated at $245 million.[Read more…]