Muons, Inc. was formed by our founder, Rolland Johnson, in 2002. He had an interesting idea about improving the accelerating gradients of RF cavities for muon beams by filling the cavity with pressurized gas, using the Paschen effect to suppress breakdown. Our first research grant was to investigate this, and we have been involved in muon collider research ever since.
During our first eight years, 2002-2010, we focused on muon collider research, with the specific intent of galvanizing the HEP community into realizing that a muon collider could be an extraordinary future facility. The community has moved in this direction, and a potential future muon collider now appears in presentations by lab directors and funding agencies. In 2007 Fermilab's director, Dr. Oddone, created a Muon Collider Task Force, with a charge that explicitly mentioned working with our company. This has since morphed into the Muon Accelerator Program (MAP
), of which we are a member.
During this period we grew to our peak of 27 employees. We branched out into specific RF devices, such as phase- and frequency-locked magnetrons, new types of RF cavities, and RF vacuum loads. Several of these are poised to become products. Most of our funding came from the Department of Energy's SBIR and STTR programs, but we did obtain several consulting contracts from national labs.
From 2002-2010, Muons Inc. built a strong team of accelerator physicists and engineers with an emphasis on successfully executing challenging projects through the SBIR/STTR program and consulting agreements with national labs throughout the U.S. In 2010, we started exploring Accelerator Driven Subcritical Reactors (ADSR). These systems place tremendous demand on their accelerators. ADSR technology is important because it can provide an inherently safe, sustainable, and green nuclear future. Our expertise in the development, design, and implementation of systems and components for discovery science, national security, and environment complements the demands of ADSR research and development.