IPAC’24 Scientific Program Main Classifications (MC)
Description: MC1 covers accelerators (e.g., synchrotrons , linacs , ERLs) and storage rings providing colliding beams of hadrons or leptons for particle and nuclear physics, including the associated Machine Detector Interface (MDI) region. This classification also includes operating experience and performance limitations, upgrade plans, accelerator physics and technology issues specific to accelerators for particle and nuclear physics and the design and R&D for future projects.
Description: MC2 covers photon sources (e.g., synchrotron light sources, FELs, laser systems, THz sources, Compton sources) and electron accelerators (e.g., linear, circular, recirculating). Also included in this classification are associated accelerator systems such as injectors, booster synchrotrons, insertion devices such as planar and helical field undulators, photon beam lines and components. Both theoretical and experimental results are solicited.
Description: MC3 covers (i) novel and unconventional particle sources for electrons and protons, neutrons, ions, and secondary particles and antiparticles; and (ii) new concepts of accelerating techniques which may overcome the present limitations of size and/or cost or which give access to new beam characteristics (e.g., laser and beam driven plasma wakefield accelerators, structure wakefield accelerators, and ultra high gradient accelerators). Novel here refers to technologies or parameters that are not yet widely used in operation.
Description: MC4 covers design, development, construction, commissioning, operation and upgrades of low, medium and high energy hadron accelerators, excluding hadron colliders. This includes ion sources, electrostatic accelerators, proton and ion linear accelerators and synchrotrons, radioactive beam facilities, antiproton accumulators and collectors, ion accumulators and storage rings, cyclotrons, synchrocyclotrons, FFAs and other similar machines. Both low and high intensity machines are covered, as are all relevant aspects of high intensity fixed target accelerators such as proton or light ions drivers for neutron sources and neutrino factories.
Description: MC5 covers general aspects of electro-magnetic interactions of charged particle beams in accelerators and storage rings. This includes linear and nonlinear beam optics, modeling of externally applied or beam generated electro-magnetic fields, as well as theory, observations and simulations of single particle dynamics and collective effects, both coherent and incoherent. The emphasis is on deepening the understanding of fundamental processes or limitations governing beam dynamics and uncovering possible new mechanisms relevant to accelerator design and performance, independent of technological or project specific aspects.
Description: MC6 covers measurement and control of the beam properties in particle accelerators including beam diagnostics and instrumentation, beam feedback systems, low level rf controls, timing and synchronization schemes and laser-based instrumentation for all types of accelerators. Included are also contributions to accelerator control systems, online modeling and applications control software, as well as operational aspects of modern accelerators such as alignment and surveying methods, machine protection systems, radiation protection and monitoring, issues pertaining to reliability and operability, and applicable Machine Learning.
Description: MC7 covers design, construction, testing and performance of accelerator components or subsystems, with emphasis on technological aspects and methods. It includes radio frequency cavities, power sources and systems, magnets, vacuum, cryogenics, collimators, targets, dumps, timing, lasers, and other accelerator components and subsystems, advanced technologies for accelerator component manufacturing, efficiency, and sustainable production and operation. Contributions with emphasis on achieving beam performance specific to an accelerator type or design should be classified elsewhere.
Description: MC8 emphasizes the broad applications of accelerators, e.g., for detection, characterization, testing, treatment, processing, and modification. This classification also includes technology transfer and laboratory-industry relationships, as well as outreach and communication for broad scientific dissemination.
Description: MC9 contributions should seek to improve Knowledge Exchange (KE) methods and strategies between the research community and industry, and the methodology for the creation of KE business opportunities by Industry. Covered topics include relevant issues for successful KE, structures needed to promote KE, incubator opportunities for start up companies, and intellectual property and patenting issues.
The Session on Engagement with Industry is intended to address both sides of the relationship in order to improve knowledge exchange, contractual performance and the achievement of goals through the creation of mutual understanding, evolution of contractual mechanics, performance of joint research and development, and development of measures to optimize contract goals.