CERN High Energy Accelerator Mixed field facility
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Radiation testing for accelerator components
Full system level testing facility

The Cern High-energy AcceleRator test facility (CHARM) is a radiation test facility at CERN born in the context of R2E project.  It is used to qualify components and systems mainly for Large Hadron Collider (LHC) accelerator equipment applications. The radiation field is generated through the interaction of a 24 GeV/c proton beam extracted from the Proton Synchrotron (PS) with a metallic target. The corresponding mixed-field environment resembles that present in the vicinity of a high-energy accelerator and can be adapted to the application conditions by selecting different test configurations. 

Article about CHARM published in the CERN Bulletin

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After the completion of the maintenance work that began in December 2016 and the beam commissioning period lasted two weeks, the CHARM facility opened the doors to the first users.  “ The beam quality is very good this year and we carried out a great facility calbration with more than 140 configurations calibrated. This will allow us to satisfy all the users for this year.” says the user coorindator Salvatore Danzeca.

Every year, the first two weeks of CHARM activity are reserved for the team to improve the facility's calibration. 

The work include the beam steering and the calibration of the several facility configuration.