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RIS citation export for THPRB080: Automatisation of the SPS ElectroStatic Septa Alignment

AU  - Hirlaender, S.
AU  - Fraser, M.A.
AU  - Goddard, B.
AU  - Kain, V.
AU  - Prieto, J.
AU  - Stoel, L.S.
AU  - Szakaly, M.
AU  - Velotti, F.M.
ED  - Boland, Mark
ED  - Tanaka, Hitoshi
ED  - Button, David
ED  - Dowd, Rohan
ED  - Schaa, Volker RW
ED  - Tan, Eugene
TI  - Automatisation of the SPS ElectroStatic Septa Alignment
J2  - Proc. of IPAC2019, Melbourne, Australia, 19-24 May 2019
CY  - Melbourne, Australia
T2  - International Particle Accelerator Conference
T3  - 10
LA  - english
AB  - An electrostatic septum composed of 5 separate tanks is used to slow-extract the 400 GeV proton beam resonantly on the third integer resonance from the CERN SPS. The septa are all mounted on a single support structure that can move the ensemble coherently and, in addition, the internal anode and cathode of each tank can be moved independently. The septum is aligned to the beam by measuring and minimising the induced beam loss signals in the extraction region following an alignment procedure that is usually carried out manually at the beginning of each year. The large number of positional degrees of freedom complicates the procedure and until recently each tank was aligned one after the other semi-manually, typically requiring 8 hours. It is not uncommon that the septum has to be re-aligned later in the run taking time away from physics programme. To tackle this issue, a simplified beam dynamics and scattering simulation routine was developed to permit error studies with a large number of seeds to be carried out in a reasonable computation time. In this contribution, the simulation model will be described before the results of its exploitation to understand the efficacy of alignment procedures based on different optimization algorithms are discussed and compared to the present operational procedure. The effort culminated with the implementation of an automated alignment procedure based on a Powell optimisation algorithm that reduced the time needed to align the septum by over an order of magnitude.
PB  - JACoW Publishing
CP  - Geneva, Switzerland
SP  - 4001
EP  - 4004
KW  - alignment
KW  - simulation
KW  - extraction
KW  - operation
KW  - septum
DA  - 2019/06
PY  - 2019
SN  - 978-3-95450-208-0
DO  - DOI: 10.18429/JACoW-IPAC2019-THPRB080
UR  - http://jacow.org/ipac2019/papers/thprb080.pdf
ER  -