The Radio Frequency Engineering (AOT-RFE) Group maintains radio-frequency, pulsed-power, and magnet-power supply systems for accelerators and other related applications for the Laboratory's Accelerator Operations and Technology (AOT) Division.
AOT-RFE is responsible for the RF systems for the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) accelerator, including upgrades and operation. The RF systems include the high-power RF generators and supporting equipment, high voltage systems, fast feedback/feed-forward control systems, RF transport systems, and the integration and system engineering needed for proper implementation in the accelerator or related application.
AOT-RFE also is responsible for the LANSCE pulsed-power systems, which are used to quickly switch or "kick" the LANSCE proton beams through different beamlines. AOT-RFE also supports R&D as applied to RF systems, power conditioning, and work for others. This work supports other accelerators, military applications, and commercial uses.
AOT-RFE is responsible for the magnet power supply (MPS) systems that provide very stable direct-current power to the LANSCE beamline steering, focusing and bending magnets. LANSCE requires over 500 separate MPS systems ranging in output power from 400 watts to 780,000 watts.