1-2 October 2020
Virtual via Zoom
America/Detroit timezone


Following the first event held at the Argonne National Laboratory in 2018 and the second hosted by TRIUMF in 2019, we are pleased to announce that NSCL/FRIB will host the third North American Charge Breeding (NACB) workshop on October 1st – 2nd, 2020. The NACB workshop will be a satellite event following the ECRIS’20 workshop held on September 28th- September 30th, 2020.

Given the COVID-19 situation, we are moving the third North American Charge Breeding (NACB) workshop online, only. The event will be hosted (online) by NSCL/FRIB located at Michigan State University on October 1st – 2nd, 2020. Please, be aware of the change in the dates from the previous circulars. In order for the workshop to still provide an environment for open discussions, we plan to have all oral presentations being given live (no pre-recording). The video conferencing service that is being seriously discussed at this time is Zoom, but as it is an evolving situation, please check the website frequently for updates.

The goal of the NACB workshop is to foster collaborations and stimulate discussions between the different charge breeding groups in North America (EBIS/T and ECRIS) on multiple aspects of charge breeding with stable and rare isotopes. As the ECRIS workshop will precede the NACB workshop, in this third installment, in addition to general developments and recent work, we would like the NACB workshop to put more emphasis on past failures and operational aspects that are often not presented and discussed in major events, but are nevertheless key to learning and beam delivery:

  • General ECR and EBIS charge state breeder developments
  • Recent work on charge breeding of stable and radioactive isotopes
  • Beam-time preparations (procedures, checklists, etc.)
  • Documentation protocols during beam times
  • Tracking maintenance items over time
  • Control systems and interfaces
  • Efforts to integrate physics to control applications
  • Alarm handling systems
  • General beam tuning applications (e.g., automatic beam tuning)
  • Beam instabilities during operation
  • Detector system and development (low current and particle ID)

We hope that this workshop will provide an environment to identify common challenges and areas of research and development to improve operation and controls aspects.


The NACB organizing committee:

Alain Lapierre

Guillaume Machicoane

Antonio Villari

Haitao Ren

Alexa Allen

Michigan State University is actively monitoring the incidence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our region, and has set up a website where you can view MSU travel policy changes as a result of the virus. We have been asked how COVID-19 may impact upcoming events including ECRIS'20. MSU is following guidance from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding large gatherings, including CDC recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19. At this time, ECRIS'20 will take place as a virtual workshop.

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