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Piot, Philippe

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Physics


The Argonne Wakefield Accelerator (AWA) is planning an upgrade of the drive-beam accelerator’s photoinjector, the driving force of electron generation. The upgrade’s main goal is to improve beam brightness using linear accelerating cavities and a radiofrequency-gun cavity. In the process of this upgrade, one of the beam focusing solenoids is being redesigned. A beam dynamics optimization is performed for two new solenoid designs, with considerations for producing low-charge (∼ 1 nC) electron bunches as well as operations at higher charges (∼ 50 nC). This project focuses on the optimization study for both the low- and high-charge regimes, exploring the impact of different solenoid designs on the beam dynamics.


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