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Status_of_MICE_ICFP2012_abstract.txt

Heidt, Christopher, 10 May 2012 13:56

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Status of MICE, the International Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment
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The muon ionization cooling experiment (MICE) is a strategic R&D project
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intending to demonstrate the only practical solution to prepare high
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brilliance beams necessary for a neutrino factory or muon colliders.
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MICE is under development at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (UK).
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It comprises a dedicated beam line to generate a range of input emittance
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and momentum, with time-of-flight and Cherenkov detectors to ensure a
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pure muon beam. The emittance of the incoming beam is measured in the
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upstream magnetic spectrometer with a sci-fiber tracker. A cooling cell
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will then follow, alternating energy loss in Li-H absorbers and RF
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acceleration. A second spectrometer identical to the first and a second
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muon identification system measure the outgoing emittance.
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In the 2010-11 run the beam and most detectors have been fully commissioned
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and a first measurement of the emittance of a beam with particle physics
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(time-of-flight) detectors has been performed. The analysis of these
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data is now completed. The next steps of more precise
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measurements, of emittance and emittance reduction (cooling), that are
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to follow in 2012 and later, will also be outlined.