R. SOLIDAY, S. PASKY, M. BORLAND (ANL)
The Advanced Photon Source (APS) linear accelerator has two thermionic cathode rf guns and one photocathode rf gun. The thermionic guns are used primarily for APS operations while the photocathode gun is used as a free-electron laser (FEL) driver. With each gun requiring a different lattice and timing configuration, the need to change quickly between guns puts great demands on the accelerator operators. Using the Procedure Execution Manager (PEM), a software environment for managing automated procedures, we have made start-up and switch-over of the linac systems both easier and more reliable. The PEM is a graphical user interface written in Tcl/Tk that permits the user to invoke 'machine procedures' and control their execution. It allows construction of procedures in a hierarchical, parallel fashion, which makes for efficient execution and development. In this paper, we discuss the features and advantages of the PEM environment as well the specifics of our procedures for the APS linac.
* Work supported by U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38.
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