Author: Thieberger, P.
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MOPF31 Design and Performance of the Biased Drift Tube System in the BNL Electron Lens 291
  • T.A. Miller, W. Fischer, D.M. Gassner, X. Gu, A.I. Pikin, S. Polizzo, P. Thieberger
    BNL, Upton, Long Island, New York, USA
  • J. Barth
    Barth Electronics, Boulder City, USA
  Funding: Work supported by U.S. DOE under contract No DE-AC02-98CH10886 with the U.S. Department of Energy.
The installation of the Electron Lenses in RHIC will be completed this year. Its design includes a series of drift tubes through which the electron beam copropagates, with the RHIC proton beams. These drift tubes are used to create an electric field gradient to sweep out ions that become trapped within the central magnetic field where the electron beam interacts with the proton beams. These isolated drift tubes are biased by high voltage power supplies. Without a path for the proton beam image currents, high voltages will develop on the drift tubes that can be detrimental to the electron beam and increase the RHIC machine impedance. This paper presents the design of the drift tubes, axial electric field gradient, and the custom high voltage RF bias tees that were designed to provide separate paths for the high frequency image currents and the DC high voltage bias over the same cables. The design and simulation of the bias tee is discussed, as well as RF signals from the proton beam current imaged on the drift tubes, as measured through the bias tees during the commissioning of the blue RHIC beam electron lens this past spring.
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