15-20 October 2017
Europe/Zurich timezone

Commissioning Results of the Multicusp Ion Source at MIT (MIST-1) for H$_2^+$

16 Oct 2017, 16:30
2h 30m


Centre international de Conférence Genève (CICG). http://www.cicg.ch/
Poster presentation Production of high intensity ion beams Poster Session 1


Daniel Winklehner (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


IsoDAR is an experiment under development to search for sterile neutrinos using the isotope Decay-At-Rest (DAR) production mechanism, where protons impinging on $^9$Be create neutrons which capture on $^7$Li which then beta-decays producing $\bar{\nu}_e$. As this will be an isotropic source of $\bar{\nu}_e$, the primary driver current must be large (10 mA cw) for IsoDAR to have sufficient statistics to be conclusive within 5 years of running. H$_2^+$ was chosen as primary ion to overcome some of the space-charge limitations during low energy beam transport and injection into a compact cyclotron, to be stripped into protons before the target. At MIT, a multicusp ion source (MIST-1) was designed and built to produce a high intensity beam with a high H$_2^+$ fraction. I will present the latest commissioning results of MIST-1.

Primary authors

Daniel Winklehner (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Spencer Axani (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Mr Philip Weigel (Drexel University) Mr Jesus Corona (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Mr Aashish Tripathee (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Ms Frances Hartwell (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Presentation materials