Laserwire Emittance Scanner at CERN Linac 4

Konstantin Kruchinin, Gary Boorman, Alessio Bosco, Stephen Gibson, Pavel Karataev, Enrico Bravin, Thomas Hofmann, Uli Raich, Federico Roncarolo, Alan Letchford, Juergen Pozimski

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Linac 4 presently under construction at CERN is designed to replace the existing 50 MeV Linac 2 in the LHC injector chain and will accelerate the beam of high current negative hydrogen ions to 160 MeV. During the commissioning a laserwire emittance scanner has been installed allowing non-invasive measuring of the emittance at 3 MeV and 12 MeV setups. A relatively low power infrared fibre coupled laser was focused in the interaction region down to ∼150 μm and collided with the ion beam neutralising negative ions. At each transverse laser position with respect to the ion beam the angular distribution of the neutral particle beamlets was recorded by scanning a diamond detector across the beamlet at a certain distance from the interaction point while the main beam of the H− ions was deflected using the dipole magnet installed upstream the detector. Measuring the profile of the beamlet by scanning the laser across the beam allows to directly measure the transverse phase-space distribution and reconstruct the transverse beam emittance. In this report we will describe the analysis of the data collected during the 3 MeV and 12 MeV operation of the Linac 4. We will discuss the hardware status and future plans.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication6th International Particle Accelerator Conference
Subtitle of host publicationIPAC2015, Richmond, VA, USA
PublisherJACoW Publishing
Chapter6: Beam Instrumentation, Controls, Feedback, and Operational Aspects, T03 - Beam Diagnostics and Instrumentation
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-95450-168-7
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015

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