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Title: The development and implementation of a beam position monitoring system for use in the FONT Feedback System at ATF2
Author: Apsimon, Robert J.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2726 4428
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2011
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Feedback On Nanosecond Timescales (FONT) is a feedback system being developed to correct the beam position jitter in the extraction line and final focus system at the Accelerator Test Facility (ATF2), Tsukuba, Japan. FONT5 is currently being tested and is used to correct the intra-train jitter for a 3-bunch train; the bunch spacing is 154ns. This system measures the position of an electron bunch, using beam position monitors (BPMs). From this measurement, digital feedback electronics calculate the required correction, and sends a pulse to a feedback kicker. The feedback kicker then deflects the next bunch in the train in order to correct its position. Stripline BPMs are used at ATF2, and analogue processors manipulate the BPM signals before they are interpreted by the feedback electronics. The BPM system has been modelled and tested so that it can be parameterised and optimised. The BPMs are calibrated regularly, and the resolution of the system measured. Both of these properties have been analysed and modelled. This has allowed the resolution to be minimised. The resolution is an important factor which limits the achievable feedback correction. Several other factors have also been investigated; these include the feedback gain and the bunch-bunch correlation. To allow the feedback electronics to be controlled remotely, several data acquisition systems (DAQs) have been developed to allow data flow both to and from the digital board. The DAQs have been designed specically for the firmware on the FONT digital board.
Supervisor: Burrows, Philip Sponsor: Science and Technology Facilities Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Particle physics ; feedback