Design and operational experience of the MICE target

C. Booth, P. Hodgson, L. Howlett, M. T. Mohammad, R. Nicholson, P. J. Smith, N. Schofield

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The MICE Experiment [1] requires a beam of low energy muons to test muon cooling. This beam will be derived parasitically from the ISIS accelerator. A novel target mechanism has been developed that inserts a small titanium target into the proton beam on demand. The target remains outside the beam envelope during acceleration and then overtakes the shrinking beam envelope to enter the proton beam during the last 2ms before beam extraction. The technical specifications are demanding, requiring large accelerations and precise and reproducible location of the target each cycle. The mechanism operates in a high radiation environment, and the moving parts are compatible with the stringent requirements of the accelerator's vacuum system. The first operational linear electromagnetic drive was installed onto ISIS in January 2008 and has since been operated for several tens of thousands of actuations.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th European Particle Accelerator Conference, EPAC08
EditorsI. Andrian, O. Brüning, Christine Petit-Jean-Genaz, P. Pierini
PublisherEuropean Physical Society Accelerator Group (EPS-AG)
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event11th European Particle Accelerator Conference - Genoa, Italy
Duration: 23 Jun 200827 Jun 2008
Conference number: 11


Conference11th European Particle Accelerator Conference
Abbreviated titleEPAC 2008


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