Accelerator Control System


MCS (Control System) is a technical equipment group of the accelerator department (M) at DESY.

It develops and provides the accelerator control systems of all DESY-operated accelerators, in particular PETRA III, FLASH and European XFEL.

The scope and the knowhow of MCS covers both software and hardware for accelerator controls, including:

  • ·        Performant accelerator control systems
  • ·        Accelerator data and information services
  • ·        Advanced MTCA 4.0 competence
  • ·        Custom accelerator control hardware
  • ·        Web-Services for accelerator control


MCS provides controls support or expertise for other scientific or technical equipment groups, departments and organizations at the DESY campus, including:

  • Accelerators (M): Technical equipment and coordination groups for accelerator operation
  • Photon Science (FS): FS-FLASH-D, FS-LA
  • High Energy Physics(FH): FLA
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL)
  • Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL)
  • European XFEL GmbH