MEBT Components

The MEBT assembly includes a wide variety of components: 11 quadrupole magnets with integrated steerers, 3 buncher cavities, a fast chopper and different kind of beam diagnostics.



Quadrupole Magnets

In the MEBT there are 11 quadrupoles. All of them are of identical design, although they will be powered with different current intensities to obtain the desired magnetic force as a focusing network.

The magnet is designed with a small volume due to mechanical constrains and a 20.5 mm aperture radius is capable of producing integrated quadrupole fields ranging from 0.5 to 2.74T at excitation currents from 10 to 250A. The magnet also includes two integrated beam corrector systems that generate small vertical and horizontal fields of up to 20G·m at 6.6A.

Quadrupole magnets

Quadrupole magnets

Quadrupole magnets

Buncher Cavities

There are three buncher cavities in the MEBT. The cavities are used are used to “bunch” the beam, that is, to group particles in the propagation direction so their acceleration in the following stages of the accelerator is optimized. The beam bunching is done primarily in the RFQ, so the buncher cavities of the MEBT are usually called buncher cavities.

The MEBT buncher cavities have been designed according to electro-magnetic, thermo-mechanic, RF and beam dynamics. The bunchers are manufactured from stainless steel copper plated with a layer of 30 μm-thick. The cavity has a nose-cone single gap type used for longitudinal focusing with a resonant frequency of 352.2 MHz. The cavity resonant frequency deviations are corrected by means of fixed and movable tuners. The RF power to the cavity is introduced using a loop type magnetic coupler.

Buncher cavities

Buncher cavities

Buncher cavities

Fast chopper

The Fast Chopper is included in the MEBT to select a part of the proton beam pulse.

The proton beam injected the MEBT has large rise and fall times. To chop the edges of the beam a Stripline chopper is designed. The deflection of beam is in the vertical plane and the design concept is based on the travelling wave stripline scheme. In this scheme the electromagnetic wave generated at the input port of stripline gap is travelling downstream of the stripline and produces an electric and magnetic field that eventually makes the required integrated deflection of the beam. The deflected beam later in the line is absorbed by the chopper beam. The frequency range of the structure is 130 MHz and the stripline quadrant symmetric structure rise time contribution is less than 1.5 ns for the four ports structure.

The Fast Chopper system includes the pulsers, striplines and the loads, which all together are matched to prevent reflections and amplitude overshoots/undershoots on deflection electric and magnetic field. The overall rise/fall time is less than 7 ns.

Fast Chopper

Fast chopper

Fast Chopper


Several diagnostics are integrated in the MEBT to characterize the beam:
  • Faraday Cup designed for current measurement and as a beam stopper for MEBT commissioning modes.

The FC is manufactured with a 1 kV repeller for secondary electron suppression and with a graphite collector to withstanding the high intensity beam.

  • Scrapers are designed to remove beam halo at 3 MEBT locations.

Each scraper blade is designed to remove 0.25 % of the beam under nominal operation. To withstand beam irradiation the scrappers are designed with a TZM plates that are connected to triaxial cable for signal acquisition.

  • Emittance Meter Unit (EMU) for measuring the beam emittance.

The EMU is composed by two slit and grid subsystems for measurement of the phase space in the horizontal and vertical directions. The slits are made of graphite and have an aperture of 100 μm for minimisation of emittance reconstruction error. The grid is manufactured with tungsten wires of 35 μm separated 500 μm.

  • Wire Scanner are designed for measurement of beam profile at 3 MEBT locations.

The wire scanner is equipped with 34 μm carbon wire. Each carbon wire is connected to triaxial cabling with biased voltages of ± 100 V for minimization of signal noises.

  • Beam Position Monitors (BPMs) are integrated within the quadrupoles.

There are overall 8 BPM pickups installed within the MEBT, which primary purpose is measuring the beam position and phase. The BPM design is based on shortened striplines. The BPMs are matched to 50Ω to maximize the signal power transmission to 704 MHz electronics.

  • Beam Current Monitors (BCMs).

The BCMs include slow (ACCT) and fast toroids (FCT) for measurement of current amplitude and timing characteristics of the MEBT beam current. A combined ACCT-FCT have been developed and is installed at the end of MEBT with bandwidths of 1 MHz-390 MHz.

Wire scanner

Faraday cup