The target drive for the MICE Experiment

C. Booth, L. Howlett, P. 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 is being developed which will allow the insertion of a small titanium target into the proton beam halo on demand. The target must remain outside the beam envelope during acceleration, and then overtake the shrinking beam envelope to enter up to 5 mm into the beam during the last 2 ms before extraction. The technical specifications are demanding, requiring large accelerations and precise and reproducible location of the target each cycle. The mechanism must operate in a high radiation environment, and the moving parts must be compatible with the stringent requirements of the accelerator's vacuum system. A prototype linear electromagnetic drive has been built, and the performance is being measured and improved to meet design specifications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th European Particle Accelerator Conference, EPAC 2006
EditorsC. Biscari, H. Owen, Christine Petit-Jean-Genaz, J. Poole, J. Thomason
PublisherEuropean Physical Society Accelerator Group (EPS-AG)
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes
Event10th European Particle Accelerator Conference - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 26 Jun 200630 Jun 2006
Conference number: 10


Conference10th European Particle Accelerator Conference
Abbreviated titleEPAC 2006
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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