Complete 4D Transverse Beam Diagnostics

Projected transverse beam emittances can be considerably enlarged by unwanted inter-plane correlations. These may occur in solenoids, tilted quadrupoles / dipols, or just from beam loss (if the upper left beam edge is lost for instance). As projected emittances are figures of merit for each accelerator, reduction of these emittances is of fundamental interest. Reduction without beam loss can be reached by removing the inter-plane correlations.

However, in order to do so, the correlations must be known. To our knowledge corresponding reliable 4d-diagnostics is not at hand at ion energies exceeding about 150 keV/u.

To overcome this limitation the department developed the 4d-emittance scanner ROSE (ROtierende Strahl-Emittanzmessung). This device comprises a slit/grid emittance measurement unit being installed inside a single rotatable vacuum chamber. Performing emittance scans at different rotation angles gives quantitative access to the inter-plane correlation, hence paving the path towards elimination of the correlations.

The device has been designed, built, and tested in the UNILAC. The results of successfull 4d-measurements are published in Phys. Rev. Accel. Beams 19 072802 (2016)

In 2018 the device and the underlying algorithm were patented. Currently the transfer to industry is ongoing.


Dynamics of Coupled Beams, Emittance Tayloring

The department collaborates very closely with the Intense Beam & Accelerator Laboratory (IBAL) of the Ulsan National Institute of Sience and Technology (UNIST).

We aim at improved understanding and application of the dynamics of transversely coupled beams. New methods for the controlled transfer of emittance from one plane into the other were developed (EMTEX) as well as generalization of the Courant-Snyder formalism from two to four dimensions, i.e., from un-coupled to coupled beams.

Linac Operation and Development

During UNILAC operation periods the Department participates to on-call duty services as well as to dedicated machine experiments and developments

LINAC Conference Programme Committee

The Department appoints a member to the LINAC Conference Programme Committee