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1 Studies on Beam Formation in an Atomic Beam Source Alexander Nass, Erhard Steffens University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany Michelle Stancari INFN, Ferrara, Italy SPIN 2008, Charlottesville,VA,USA, Oktober 6, 2008 Why don‘t we understand the intensity output of an ABS?

2 Atomic Beam Source (ABS)  Production of polarized H or D beams for polarized gas targets and polarized ion sources  H gas expands through cooled nozzle and forms of high brightness beam with skimmer and collimator  Sextupole magnets focus beam and produce electron polarization  HF - transitions  nuclear polarization  Output intensity of the sources not understood

3 Supersonic Gas Expansions  Free jet atomic or molecular beam from supersonic gas expansion from a high-p source (p 0 ) into a low-p background (p b )  Gas accelerates during expansion and beam temperature decreases  If p b small  smooth transition to molecular flow, no shock stuctures

4 Thermodynamics  Energy equation of an ideal expanding gas without viscous and heat conduction effects: h 0 = h+v 2 /2 heat conduction effects: h 0 = h+v 2 /2  For ideal gases (dh = c p dT) and constant c p = (  / (  -1))k B /m) one gets the maximum or terminal velocity: gets the maximum or terminal velocity:  For more information see D.R.Miller in: G.Scoles (Ed.), Atomic and Molecular Beam Methods, Vol.I (Oxford Univ. Press, 1988) 14 Molecular Beam Methods, Vol.I (Oxford Univ. Press, 1988) 14  Some properties can be calculated, but in general models are needed to describe the beam parameters needed to describe the beam parameters H 2 (D 2 ) expansion at Example: H 2 (D 2 ) expansion at T 0 =100 K (  =5/3) T 0 =100 K (  =5/3)  v   = 1436 m/s  v   = 1436 m/s  v  D2 = 1015 m/s  v  D2 = 1015 m/s

5 Direct Simulation Monte Carlo Method (DSMC)  Technique for computer modeling of a real gas by some thousands or millions of simulated particle trajectories  Particles are followed through representative collisions and boundary interactions in space  Key assumptions: decoupling of the motion and collisions of particles over small time steps and division of the flow field into small cells  Therefore: time steps << mean collision time cell dimensions << local mean free path cell dimensions << local mean free path  More information on the method see: G.A.Bird, Molecular Gas Dynamics and the Direct Simulation of Gas Flows (Clarendon Press Oxford, 1994)

6 Direct Simulation Monte Carlo Method (DSMC)  Geometry of the beam forming elements in an ABS are implemented as boundary walls with temperature T for an axially symmetric flow  Regions 1-7 are divided into small cells  The Stream Input flow is inflowing H gas and the Specified flows compensate for flow losses at the boundaries of regions 3 and 6

7 Experimental Setup  Microwave dissociator with a 2,45 GHz surface wave  Beam profile monitor for intensity measurements  Fast chopper and QMS for velocity analysis  Determination of the degree of dissociation with the QMS:

8 Velocity Analysis  Velocity distribution determined with TOF-method with a fast chopper cutting out a beam package and detection with a QMS  Deconvolution of the measured distribution to remove the influence of the chopper opening function and the electronics  Resulting function is fitted to extract beam parameters (p 2 =T x, p 3 =v x ): (p 2 =T x, p 3 =v x ):

9 Molecular Hydrogen Expansions  DSMC calculation of an H 2 expansion with a flow of Q=1 mbarl/s and a nozzle temperature T nozzle =100 K v x (m/s) T x (K) v   (m/s) measurement1278±8±1319.0±1.1±0.9 DSMC (original) 1334± ± DSMC (altered) 1371± ±

10 Partially Dissociated Beams  DSMC calculation of an H/H 2 expansion with Q=1 mbarl/s,  =0.63 and T nozzle =100 K v x (m/s) T x (K) v   (m/s) measurement atoms 1750±47±2425.7±4.9±1.5 DSMC atoms 1760± ± measurement molecules 1579±51±1723.7±7.1±1.0 DSMC molecules 1590± ± H1H1 H2H2

11 Partially Dissociated Beams  Energy and enthalpy considerations for an expanding beam with only translational degrees of freedom lead to the balance equation (see also H.Haberland et al. Rev.Sci.Instr. 56, (1985) 1712):  For T 0 =T nozzle one expects:  DSMC calcu- lations show incomplete thermalization of the gas inside the nozzle

12 Density Measurements  Measurement of intensity profiles of the atomic fraction of the beam with beam profile monitor (A.Vassiliev et al., Int. Workshop on Pol.Sources and Targets, Erlangen 1999, Procs. Page 200)  2 x 16 gold plated tungsten wires of diameter d w =5  m and 2 mm spacing  Calculation of deposited power from the recombination of DSMC calculated atomic density and velocity distributions  Power calibration of the wires  the expected resistance change  Comparision with measurement

13 Partially Dissociated Beams Density and velocity distributions from DSMC measured

14 Partially Dissociated Beams Calculated (circles) and measured (triangles) wire resistances 10 mm distance20 mm distance nozzle  beam profile monitor Q = 1 mbarl/s Q = 2 mbarl/s

15 The hollow carrier jet  Proposed by V.L.Varentsov et al., 7th Int. Workshop on Pol. Gas Targets and Pol. Beams, Urbana, AIP Conf. Procs. 421 (1997) 381  Supposed to increase intensity of the beam through the collimator  Cooling and confining of the atomic beam by an overexpanded hollow carrier jet  Small mixing and removal of the carrier gas with the skimmer

16 The hollow carrier jet Measurements with D 2 /H 2, H/H 2, D/D 2, D/He as inner / carrier gas No intensity gain, huge amount of carrier gas in the detector D 2 and H 2 No cooling effect, but acceleration because of mixing of D 2 and H 2 D 2 w/o H 2 D 2 with H 2 H 2 density

17 The hollow carrier jet Measurements with Ar/N 2 as inner / carrier gas High intensity gain, no carrier gas in the detector Large cooling effect, no acceleration  no mixing Ar w/o N 2 Ar with N 2 N 2 density

18 Summary  DSMC - excellent method to describe the expansion of gases in the transition region between laminar and molecular flow  Results confirmed by several measurements of density and velocity  Origin of the discrepancies between measured and simulated temperature found and solved by modification of appropriate input parameters of the DSMC  No observation of the predicted carrier-jet effect for H and D but for heavier gases  Explanation of both experimental findings with the DSMC  Publication accepted by NIM and also available in arXiv: [physics.atom-ph] arXiv: [physics.atom-ph]

19 Outlook  Use of this method to design a new generation of atomic beam sources  Optimization of nozzle geometries by implementation of recombination into the calculations  Design of improved beam forming elements  Implementation of sextupole magnets into the code to finally understand the behavior of the output intensitiy of an ABS  First step – Use of the DSMC output parameters for sextupole tracking Monte Carlo simulations


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