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Method for determining the position, angle and other injection parameters of a short pulsed beam in the Brookhaven AGS

Description: As part of the effort to improve the monitoring of the injection process at the Brookhaven Alternating Gradient Synchrotron (AGS), we have developed a beam diagnostics package which processes the signals from the plates of a pick-up electrode (PUE) located near the injection region of the AGS and provides measurements of the position and angle (with respect to the equilibrium orbit) of the injected beam at the stripping foil where the incident H/sup -/ beam is converted into protons. In addition the package provides measurements of the tune and chromaticity of the AGS at injection, and a measurement of the momentum spread of the injected beam. Since these parameters are obtained for a short-pulsed beam at injection we shall refer to the diagnostics package as PIP which stands for Pulsed Injection Parameters.
Date: January 1, 1985
Creator: Gardner, C. & Ahrens, L.
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Polarized proton acceleration at the Brookhaven AGS

Description: At the conclusion of polarized proton commissioning in February 1986, protons with an average polarization of 45%, momentum of 21.7 GeV/c, and intensity of 2 x 10/sup 10/ protons per pulse, were extracted to an external polarimeter at the Brookhaven AGS. In order to maintain this polarization, five intrinsic and nearly forty imperfection depolarizing resonances had to be corrected. An apparent interaction between imperfection and intrinsic resonances occurring at very nearly the same energy was observed and the correction of imperfection resonances using ''beat'' magnetic harmonics discovered in the previous AGS commissioning run was further confirmed.
Date: January 1, 1986
Creator: Ahrens, L.A.
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Operation of the AGS polarized beam

Description: A polarized proton physics run took place during January, 1988, at the Brookhaven AGS. It is the purpose of this paper to review the tune-up period preceding that run. This was the third such run at the AGS; the others occurred in June of 1984 and February of 1986. Some comparisons will be drawn among these. A thorough review of the history and hardware associated with the acceleration of polarized protons at the AGS can be found in the proceedings of the last meeting of this group at Protvino and will not be repeated here. 2 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.
Date: January 1, 1988
Creator: Ahrens, L.A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Elastic neutrino-electron scattering: a progress report on Exp734 at Brookhaven

Description: I will report preliminary results on elastic neutrino-electron scattering from data taken with the 200 ton segmented liquid scintillator - proportional drift-tube neutrino detector at Brookhaven. Features of the detector (such as the active target and long radiation length) permit a uniquely clean signal. Prospects of results from the completed analysis and further data taking are discussed.
Date: January 1, 1983
Creator: Abe, K.; Ahrens, L.A. & Amako, K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Tune space manipulations in jumping depolarizing resonances

Description: In February 1986, the AGS polarized beam reached a momentum of 22 GeV/c with a 45% polarization and an intensity of 1 to 2 x 10/sup 10/ polarized protons per pulse at a repetition rate of 2.1 seconds. In order to achieve this, one had to overcome the effect of some 40 depolarizing resonances. In our first commissioning run in 1984, we had reached 16.5 GeV/c using, with suitable modifications, the conventional techniques first used at the Argonne ZGS. This worked well, but we found that the fast tune shifts required to cross the intrinsic depolarizing resonances were causing an increase in beam emittance which led to the need for stronger corrections later in the cycle and to diminished extraction efficiency. For the 1986 run, we were prepared to minimize this emittance growth by the application of slow quadrupole pulses to change the region in tune space in which we operated the first tune quads. In this paper we give a brief description of the conventional corrections, but our main emphasis is on the descriptions of tune space manipulations.
Date: January 1, 1987
Creator: Ratner, L.G. & Ahrens, L.A.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Booster-to-AGS Multiwires and an Evolution of the Application Profile Display

Description: Follow up on BtA multiwire beam measurements taken during the 2008 polarized proton run has led to a number of better understandings (for the author) associated with the beam instrumentation involved. This history will be reviewed--some 'beam-based' results noted--and the present state of the application for these monitors described. The BtA multiwire system seems to be fundamentally an excellent diagnostic for allowing us to get the BtA line well under control in a defendable way. When beam is available in BtA, carrying out some systematic measurements with the system can get us there.
Date: July 1, 2008
Creator: Ahrens,L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A simple crunching of the AGS 'bare' machine ORM data - February 2007 - to extract some aspects of AGS transverse coupling at injection and extraction

Description: The objective of this note is to (once again) explore the AGS 'ORM' (orbit response matrix) data taken (by Operations) early during the 2007 run with an AGS bare machine and gold beam. Indeed the present motivation is to extract as much information about the AGS inherent transverse coupling as possible - from general arguments and the copious ORM data. And taking this one step further, (though not accomplished yet) the goal really should be to tell the model how to describe this coupling. 'Bare' as used here means the AGS with no quadrupole, sextupole or octupole magnets powered. Only the main (combined-function) magnet string and dipole bumps necessary to optimize beam survival are powered. 'ORM data' means the systematic recording of the equilibrium orbit beam position monitor response to powering individual dipole corrector magnets. The 'matrix' results from looking at the effect of each of the (12 superperiods X 4 dipoles per superperiod) 'kicks' on each of the (12 X 6) pick up electrodes (pues) in each transverse plane. So then we have two (48 X 72) matrices of numbers from the ORM data. (Though 'pue' usually refers to the hardware in the vacuum chamber and 'bpm' to the beam position monitoring system, the two labels will be used casually here.) The exercise is carried out at two magnet rigidities, injection (AGS field {approx}434 Gauss) and extraction to RHIC ({approx}9730 Gauss), - a ratio of rigidities of about 22.4. Since we stick with a bare machine, we are also stuck with the bare tunes which means the tunes are rather close together and near 8.75. Injection: (h,v) {approx} (8.73, 8.76).
Date: November 1, 2010
Creator: Ahrens, L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Data acquisition for a large neutrino detector

Description: A hierarchical, distributed intelligence data acquisition system which has been used for the past two years in neutrino experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory is described. Performance characteristics and the nature of problems encountered in bringing the system to maturity are discussed and some generalizations of the experience are suggested.
Date: January 1, 1983
Creator: Ahrens, L.A.; Aronson, S.A. & Connolly, P.L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

THOUGHTS AND ''FACTS'' FROM THE AGS POLARIZED PROTON RUNS DURING THE 1980S.

Description: This workshop's focus is on considering ways for improving the proton beam polarization that the AGS delivers to the RHIC. This talk attempts to review the first decade of AGS polarization--the 1980's; to briefly describe some aspects of the machine situation, the depolarization avoidance strategies employed and the success achieved in AGS from the perspective of one of those involved.
Date: November 6, 2002
Creator: AHRENS,L.
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Bunch-to-bucket injection of linac beam into the Brookhaven AGS

Description: A new fast beam chopper has been used to study injection and capture in the AGS. The chopper is a fast beam switch with 10 ns rise and fall times that can be programmed on a bunch-by-bunch basis and is synchronized to the net accelerating voltage of the synchrotron, thus allowing bunch-to-bucket injection of the 200 MeV H{sup {minus}} linac beam. The studies so far have concentrated on simple injection scenarios, at reduced intensity, where longitudinal effects are well separated from transverse. The evolution of the pre-bunched beam during the transition from injection to acceleration has been examined. Results have shown the importance of the detailed linac beam energy distribution. The ability to control the longitudinal emittance of the beam with the fast chopper has been used in other machine studies. This report includes a description of a measurement of the longitudinal coupling impedance of the AGS by the beam transfer function technique which utilized the control of longitudinal emittance provided by bunch-to-bucket injection. Plans for improvements to the chopper equipment are also describe. 6 refs., 4 figs.
Date: January 1, 1990
Creator: Brennan, J.M.; Ahrens, L. & Kats, J.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

A fast transition jump scheme at the Brookhaven AGS

Description: An improvement plan is now underway which is designed to raise the intensity of the circulating beam in the AGS to 4 x 10/sup 13/ protons. Part of the work involves minimizing losses at transition caused by the negative mass instability. We plan to use pulsed quadrupole doublets to speed up passage through transition. Existing magnets separated by 3/2 betatron wavelength appear adequate for the purpose. Computer modeling has been carried out, and this work is compared with experimental studies.
Date: January 1, 1987
Creator: Yamin, P.; Ahrens, L.; Auerbach, E.; Raka, E. & Ratner, L.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Polarization Issues in Run 2008

Description: The RHIC proton beam polarization has a strong dependence on intensity in Run 2008, whereas the dependence is almost absent in Run 2006. Meanwhile, the RHIC beam transverse emittance also has a dependence on intensity in Run 2008, but little in Run 2006. Using the emittance measurement at the AGS IPM and the BtA multiwires, the source of this difference between 2006 and 2008 runs is traced to the Booster. It is found that at least the degree of the vertical scraping in the Booster is different in 2006 and 2008. The effect of this scraping for the RHIC beam emittance and polarization is studied.
Date: July 1, 2008
Creator: Zhang,S.Y.; Ahrens, L.; Huang, H. & Zeno, K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Effects of Booster Scraping in Polarized Proton Runs 2006 and 2008

Description: Effects of the Booster vertical scraping on the RHIC beam polarization, the RHIC beam emittance, and on the Booster to AGS transfer efficiency and AGS transmission as well, are further studied. In [1], the strong dependence of the RHIC beam polarization and emittance on bunch intensity in proton run 2008 (pp08) is compared with the proton run 2006 (pp06), where the dependence is much weaker. The setting in the AGS Booster, mainly the vertical scraping, is suspected to having played a role in the different patterns in the two runs. In this note, we further study the effects of the Booster vertical scraping on the RHIC beam polarization, and on the RHIC beam emittance as well. With the improvement of the RHIC bunch intensity in mind, the Booster scraping effects on the Booster to AGS transfer (BtA) efficiency and the AGS transmission are also studied. For simplicity and to be more useful, only the RHIC fills after the one-week shutdown in pp06 and the fills using the AGS User 2 in pp08 are shown. For these fills, the machine settings in AGS are similar in pp06 and pp08 runs. Furthermore, this setting might be used for next polarized proton run, at least at the beginning of the run.
Date: January 2, 2009
Creator: Zhang,S.Y.; Ahrens, L.; Huang, H. & Zeno, K.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department