Dynamic Intensity Control of a Slowly Extracted Synchrotron Beam Using Ionisation Chambers
Presented by Mr. Christian SCHöMERS
Slow extraction of particles out of a synchrotron is important for many applications in accelerator facilities, e.g. for ion therapy. It is desirable to keep the intensity at the beam-target as good as possible on a predefined level. In the synchrotron of the Heidelberg Ion Therapy-Centre (HIT) transverse RF-knockout extraction is used to support the raster-scanning method for high-precision dose delivery. As the phase-space distribution of particles is not homogeneous and varies slightly from pulse to pulse, intensity-fluctuations of the extracted beam appear. The adjustment of the RF-knockout exciter is time consuming, as the energy range consists of more than 250 levels. To keep the intensity on a predefined level, a feedback loop has been implemented. The actual-value of the intensity is provided by ionisation chambers installed at the end of every beam line, the feedback loop controls the amplitude of the RF-knockout exciter. The technical implementation and the requirements for the involved components are presented. Tests for both, flat spill with a rectangular intensity profile as well as dynamically adapted intensity show promising results and are presented as well.
Location: Centro Nacional de Aceleradores - CNA
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