Exploring Quasi-Integrable Optics with the IBEX Paul Trap
University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
D.J. Kelliher, S. Machida, S.L. Sheehy
STFC/RAL/ASTeC, Chilton, Didcot, Oxon, United Kingdom
An ideal accelerator built from linear components will exhibit bounded and stable particle motion. However, in reality, any imperfections in the magnetic field strength or slight misalignments of components can introduce chaotic and unstable particle motion. All accelerators are prone to these non-linearities but the effects are amplified when studying high intensity particle beams with the presence of space charge effects. This work aims to explore the non-linearities which arise in high intensity particle beams using a scaled experiment called IBEX. The IBEX experiment is a linear Paul trap which allows the transverse dynamics of a collection of trapped particles to be studied. It does this by mimicking the propagation through multiple quadrupole lattice periods whilst remaining stationary in the laboratory frame. IBEX is currently undergoing a nonlinear upgrade with the goal of investigating Quasi-Integrable Optics (QIO), a form of Nonlinear Integrable Optics (NIO), in order to improve our understanding and utilisation of high intensity particle beams.
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