Section High Intensity Proton Accelerator
MissionOur task is to find the right mixture between the theoretical aspects of the accelerator physics and the technical realization possibilities. With the synergy from theory and Praxis we should achieve the set goals for beam current and high availability of the high intensity proton accelerator.
The group 'ESE' is responsible for the maintenance and the operation of the ion source and 810 kV Cockcroft-Walton pre-accelerator. The technicians and engineers of this group are also responsible for electrostatic elements like beam-splitters.
The Injector 2 is a separate sector cyclotron that can serve 72 MeV protons to the Isotopeproduction II and as a pre-accelerator the Ringcyclotron simultaneously. The accelerator and beam transfer lines are maintained and renewed by different specialists from the departments Logistics and Large Research Facilities, whereas the floor manager coordinates the yearly shutdown and the monthly service of the cyclotrons and its beam lines.
This cyclotron accelerates the beam coming out of the Injector 2 onto an energy of 590 MeV in the direction of Meson-, Pion- and Neutronproduction. Also, this machine has been continuously upgraded and maintained since its first beam in 1974. The beam schedule is put together by the owner, bunkerchief, beam developers and operations.
In our group we combine theoretical aspects of state-of-the-art accelerator physics with technological feasability. The synergy of theory and experiment allows us to further increase the proton beam-current and enhance the reliability of this proton accelerator facility.
Accelerator physics in and between cyclotronsThe accelerator physicists in our section always endeavor to optimise the beam trajectories within the accelerators and beam lines to minimise beam losses and to even further increase the proton beam current.
Availability of the high intensity proton accceleratorThe high intensity proton accelerator complex produces a beam every day (24h) with monthly pauses for beam development and maintenance. Repairs are executed as fast as possible (Stand-by duties and good will) by internal expert staff as well as by external specialists from other deparments. The large maintenance (Shutdown) is normally from Christmas until april. The renewals of the unique beam lines are dealt with within this section.
We are highly motivated to bring out the best from these well established machines. Furthermore, we also have large interests in other proton accelerators around the world and organise workshops about high intensity beams (HB2010) and technical development of european cyclotrons (ECPM2012).