TEX (TEst stand for X-band) is the new infrastructure at LNF, co-funded by the LATINO project, devoted to the radiofrequency (RF) in X-band and, in general, to the development of all the technologies and systems related to a particle accelerator.
The X-band (11.994 GHz) is at present the most advanced RF technology, with demonstrated capability of providing accelerating gradients up to 100 MV/m and beyond.
TEX features measurement laboratories, assembly laboratories and a bunker for high power testing to characterize accelerating structures and validate them for the operation on future particle accelerators for medical, industrial and research applications. At this aim, TEX is directly involved in the LNF leading project EuPRAXIA@SPARC_Lab and CLIC at CERN.
The facility is accessible to external users, including national and international laboratories and companies. The open-access to TEX is one of the services offered by INFN to the external community through LATINO, a project approved and funded by the government of “Regione Lazio” aimed at promoting and increasing the technology transfer between research centres of excellence and the surrounding economic framework.