CRYRING is a heavy ion storage ring, formerly located at the Manne Siegbahn Laboratory at Stockholm University. During close to two decades of operation in Sweden, many significant scientific contributions to atomic and molecular physics were achieved using CRYRING. To further leverage its capabilities into the realm of intense beams of highly charged ions, of exotic isotopes, and antiprotons, it has for long been proposed to relocate CRYRING from Sweden to GSI/FAIR. In cooperation with our Swedish partners and further international contributors, we are presently working on the CRYRING@ESR project.
In Darmstadt, the ring is being modernized and adapted to the GSI/FAIR standards and set up downstream of ESR (Report). There, it is to become both, a test bed for new FAIR technologies, as well as a new home for research with slow exotic ion beams for several collaborations of FAIR: SPARC, BioMat, FLAIR, and NuSTAR for pursuing precision measurements on forefront of atomic and nuclear physics and beyond. Details of our planned experiments are laid out in the Physics book.
CRYRING@ESR can store, cool and decelerate heavy, highly charged ions down to a few 100 keV/nucleon. It features excellent vacuum conditions to achieve ion beam lifetimes of several seconds to minutes for even the highest charge states of ions. It is equipped with a high performance electron cooler, as well as with a gas-jet target. Moreover, an independent injector beamline will allow for standalone operation during commissioning and prototyping while the FAIR accelerators are unavailable.
The ions are kept in orbit by twelve 30° magnetic dipoles and a number of magnetic quadrupoles and sextupoles (not shown in the figure) in six of the twelve straight sections. The other six sections house an injection and an extraction system, an rf-gap for deceleration and acceleration , and the electron cooler. Finally, one section is available for experimental installations as for instance a gas target.
|Circumference||54.17 m (ESR/2)|
|Rigidity||0.054 – 1.44 Tm (– 0.8 Tm for protons/antiprotons)|
|Maximum energy for p, pbar||30 MeV|
|- for 12C6+||24.7 MeV/u|
|- for 238U92+ (238U89+)||14.8 MeV/u (13.9 MeV/u)|
|Lowest energy||Charge exchange limited|
|Magnet ramping (de- and acceleration)||1 T/s (4 T/s, 7 T/s)|
|Vacuum pressure||N2 equiv. 10-12 – 10-11 mbar|
|Beam injection||Multiturn and fast|
|Beam extraction||slow and fast|
|Ion source for stand alone operation||Yes (300 keV/u, A/q < 2.85)|
A new FAIR-type control system is being implemented and operated for the first time in a machine providing real beam conditions and hence will be the perfect occasion to test not only the interplay of the newly implemented tools and concepts but also to scrutinize on the stability of the system. Moreover, with the local ion source the ring can also be operated independently. This makes it a perfect training environment for the operators crew to get accommodated with the new control system. Both allow for valuable feedback on the operational concept well in advance before the commissioning of FAIRs key machines.
Enormous progress has been achieved in the reassembly of CRYRING@ESR: Assembly and alignment of all ring components has been completed. We have started commissioning of the ring since summer 2016. The local ion source with 300 keV/u RFQ accelerator as well as the injector beamline from ESR to CRYRING are operating and have both successfully demonstrated ion beam transport to CRYRING. Storage of ions is working since September 2017. H2+ ions were injected from the local injector into CRYRING and observed in the ring beam diagonistic elements for many seconds, the lifetime was only limited by the vacuum conditions.
Our next steps are to bring the electron cooler into service, to set up the extraction beamline, and to prepare first experimental detectors and components.
CRYRING@ESR users community
We have created a mailinglist for the CRYRING@ESR users community and invite interested scientists to open discussions regarding all experimental matters at this facility. To sign up, please follow the directions on the mailinglist web interface.
Documents and publications
- TDR: Low energy Storage Ring LSR, Stockholm 2011
- CRYRING@ESR: A study group report, Darmstadt 2012
- Physics book: CRYRING@ESR, Eur. Phys. J. Spec. Top. (2016) 225:797
- TDR: Experimental Instrumentation of CRYRING@ESR, Darmstadt 2016
- GSI Annual report: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012,
- Browse publications database (GSI repository)