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US-based General Atomics (GA) has been awarded a contract by US ITER, based at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, to develop the manufacturing process for components for the system that will transmit microwave heating into the heart of the ITER international fusion reactor under construction at Cadarache in France.

Date: Wednesday, 11 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsgeneral-atomics-wins-iter-contract-8354329

The Myrrha project at Belgium's Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN) has achieved an important milestone after researchers succeeded in accelerating a proton beam through the recently connected radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ), SCK-CEN said. The RFQ is a component of the particle accelerator that will drive the sub-critical research reactor.

Date: Saturday, 25 July 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsa-milestone-for-myrrha-8042478

Facility will be first prototype of a nuclear plant driven by a particle accelerator A computer-generated image of the planned Myrrha research reactor facility. Courtesy SCK•CEN. The Myrrha project has achieved a development milestone after researchers at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK•CEN) succeeded for the first time in accelerating a proton beam through the recently connected radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ).

The RFQ is a component of the particle accelerator that will drive the sub-critical research reactor, under construction at Mol in Belgium.

SCK•CEN said the Myrrha accelerator team had connected the RFQ component with the already existing low-energy beam transmission line (LEBT). The team then fine-tuned the RFQ to accurately match it to the LEBT. Another major step consisted of upgrading the ion source amplifier. “In addition, an RF power amplifier for the RFQ was developed and constructed,” SCK•CEN said.

“The results show that the team succeeded well in integrating the RFQ,” said Dirk Vandeplassche, who leads the linear accelerator team. “The RFQ’s geometry and build quality have proven themselves with an initial test.

Date: Friday, 24 July 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/belgium-s-sck-cen-announces-development-milestone-7-4-2020

Researchers at Belgium's Nuclear Research Centre (SCK-CEN) have for the first time succeeded in accelerating a proton beam through the recently connected radio frequency quadrupole (RFQ). The RFQ is a component of the particle accelerator that will drive the Myrrha sub-critical research reactor.

Date: Tuesday, 21 July 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Myrrha-protons-accelerated-successfully

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