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Title: Damping Ring R&D at CESR-TA

Accelerators that collide high energy beams of matter and anti-matter are essential tools for the investigation of the fundamental constituents of matter, and the search for new forms of matter and energy. A “Linear Collider” is a machine that would bring high energy and very compact bunches of electrons and positrons (anti-electrons) into head-on collision. Such a machine would produce (among many other things) the newly discovered Higgs particle, enabling a detailed study of its properties. Among the most critical and challenging components of a linear collider are the damping rings that produce the very compact and intense beams of electrons and positrons that are to be accelerated into collision. Hot dilute particle beams are injected into the damping rings, where they are compressed and cooled. The size of the positron beam must be reduced more than a thousand fold in the damping ring, and this compression must be accomplished in a fraction of a second. The cold compact beams are then extracted from the damping ring and accelerated into collision at high energy. The proposed International Linear Collider (ILC), would require damping rings that routinely produce such cold, compact and intense beams. The goal of the Cornell study wasmore » a credible design for the damping rings for the ILC. Among the technical challenges of the damping rings; the development of instrumentation that can measure the properties of the very small beams in a very narrow window of time, and mitigation of the forces that can destabilize the beams and prevent adequate cooling, or worse lead to beam loss. One of the most pernicious destabilizing forces is due to the formation of clouds of electrons in the beam pipe. The electron cloud effect is a phenomenon in particle accelerators in which a high density of low energy electrons, build up inside the vacuum chamber. At the outset of the study, it was anticipated that electron cloud effects would limit the intensity of the positron ring, and that an instability associated with residual gas in the beam pipe would limit the intensity of the electron ring. It was also not clear whether the required very small beam size could be achieved. The results of this study are important contributions to the design of both the electron and positron damping rings in which all of those challenges are addressed and overcome. Our findings are documented in the ILC Technical Design Report, a document that represents the work of an international collaboration of scientists. Our contributions include design of the beam magnetic optics for the 3 km circumference damping rings, the vacuum system and surface treatments for electron cloud mitigation, the design of the guide field magnets, design of the superconducting damping wigglers, and new detectors for precision measurement of beam properties. Our study informed the specification of the basic design parameters for the damping rings, including alignment tolerances, magnetic field errors, and instrumentation. We developed electron cloud modelling tools and simulations to aid in the interpretation of the measurements that we carried out in the Cornell Electron-positron Storage Ring (CESR). The simulations provide a means for systematic extrapolation of our measurements at CESR to the proposed ILC damping rings, and ultimately to specify how the beam pipes should be fabricated in order to minimize the effects of the electron cloud. With the conclusion of this study, the design of the essential components of the damping rings is complete, including the development and characterization (with computer simulations) of the beam optics, specification of techniques for minimizing beam size, design of damping ring instrumentation, R&D into electron cloud suppression methods, tests of long term durability of electron cloud coatings, and design of damping ring vacuum system components.« less
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Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Cornell University
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Chicago Operations Office (CO)
Country of Publication:
United States
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; 73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS damping ring; linear collider; ele3ctron cloud