Inverse Cyclotrons for Intense Muon Beams

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Amount:
$649,821.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DE-FG02-08ER85044
Agency Tracking Number:
N/A
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Tech-x Corporation
5621 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite A, Boulder, CO, 80303
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806486692
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Paul
 Dr.
 (720) 974-1854
 kpaul@txcorp.com
Business Contact
 Laurence Nelson
Title: Mr.
Phone: (720) 974-1856
Email: lnelson@txcorp.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Intense muon beams are sought for their role in the future of both the high-energy and medium-energy physics programs at national laboratories, such as Brookhaven and Fermilab. Inverse cy­clotrons are a promising alternative to more expensive methods of cooling muon beams, but their ability to cool intense muon beams is untested. This project will develop a software suite capable of providing a complete, end-to-end simulation of an inverse cyclotron, in order to determine the acceptance of such a device for intense muon beams and what kind of losses can be expected. In Phase I, a numerical study of the space-charge limitations in various trapping-¿eld con¿gurations was performed. Software was developed to simulate the muon interaction with matter, and various loss mechanisms were included in the simulation. Phase I showed no significant limitations due to space charge in containing or extracting the beam from the cyclotron core. In Phase II, full end-to-end simulations of the inverse cyclotron will be performed. Because simulating the entire inverse cyclotron is computationally intensive, performance-enhancing techniques will be developed and employed. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: This project will provide enhancements to the electromagnetic particle-in-cell code, VOR­PAL, which is already a successful commercial product. The inclusion of detailed particle-matter interactions would make VORPAL a desirable tool for many applications, such as muon cooling, electron scraping, and collimation

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