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SCK•CEN announces milestone Myrrha reactor

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.