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Exploring the bunching section of the Neutrino Factory


There exists now a large demand in better neutrino beams in particle physics community. Studying of such beams could reveal interesting and important properties of the observed neutrino oscillations. A high intensity source of a single flavor of neutrinos with reduced backgrounds, a known energy spectrum and intensity is needed for this research. Such intense source of neutrinos is supposed to be provided by the Neutrino Factory. A Neutrino Factory, as proposed, relies on formation and acceleration of ultra-large emittance muon beams with subsequent decay of the muons into a well-collimated, well-characterized neutrino beam. The muon beam creating section of the lattice is originally based on capturing, bunching and phase rotation in an expensive induction linac. A recently proposed different scheme bunches particles and reduces their energy spread in an array of high-frequency rf cavities whose rf frequency varies along the length of the channel. The cost reduction and simplicity of the proposed approach is extensive but is still not at its optimum. Different variations of the design paramaters leading to different properties of the beam and cost are possible. This work explores the approach, variations and develops an optimization scheme for rf parameters based on the underlying beam dynamics.

A.A. Poklonskiy, D.A. Ovsyannikov, A.D. Ovsyannikov, D. Neuffer, M. Berz, in: Proceedings, Physics and Control (2005) 272-277


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