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Title: Particle rate and host accelerator beam loss on the MICE experiment
Author: Dobbs, Adam James
ISNI:       0000 0004 2706 7635
Awarding Body: Imperial College London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 2011
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A study is presented of particle rates in the MICE Muon Beamline and their relationship to beam loss produced in ISIS. A brief overview of neutrino physics is presented, together with a discussion on the Neutrino Factory as a motivation for MICE. An overview of MICE itself is then presented, highlighting the need for a systematic understanding of the relationship between the MICE target parameters, ISIS beam loss, and MICE particle rate. The variation of beam loss with target depth is examined and observed to be non-linear. The variation of beam loss with respect to the target dip time in the ISIS cycle is examined and observed to be approximately linear for dip times between 11.1 ms and 12.6 ms after ISIS injection, before tailing at earlier dip times. The variation of beam loss with particle rate is also observed to follow an approximately linear relationship from 0.05 to 4.7 beam loss, with a further strong indication that this continues up to 7.1 Particle identification using time-of-flight data is used to give an insight into the relative abundances of each particle species present in the MICE beam. Estimates of muon rate are then produced as a function of beam loss. At a level of 2 beam loss ~ 10:9 muons per spill for a 3.2 ms spill with negative π → µ optics, and ~ 31:1 muons per 1 ms spill with positive π → µ optics are observed. Simulations using the ORBIT particle tracking code of the beam loss distributions around the ISIS ring, caused by the MICE target, are also presented and the implications for MICE running discussed.
Supervisor: Long, Ken Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral