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Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Research: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment 560 (2006) 224-232
Development of a high-efficiency pulsed slow positron beam for measurements with orthopositronium in vacuum
N. Alberola, T. Anthonioz1, A. Badertscher, C. Bas, A.S. Belov, P. Crivelli, S.N. Gninenko, N.A. Golubev, M.M. Kirsanov, A. Rubbia, D. Sillou1

We have developed a high-efficiency pulsed slow positron beam for experiments with orthopositronium in vacuum. The new pulsing scheme is based on a double-gap coaxial buncher powered by an RF pulse of appropriate shape. The modulation of the positron velocity in the two gaps is used to adjust their time-of-flight to a target. This pulsing scheme allows to minimize non-linear aberrations in the bunching process and to efficiently compress positron pulses with an initial pulse duration ranging from ∼ 300 to 50 ns into bunches of 2.3 to 0.4 ns width, respectively, with a repetition period of 1 mu s. The compression ratio achieved is ≃ 100, which is a factor 5 better than has been previously obtained with slow positron beams based on a single buncher. Requirements on the degree, to which the moderated positrons should be mono-energetic and on the precision of the waveform generation are presented. Possible applications of the new pulsed positron beam for measurements of thin films are discussed.
1 :  LAPP - Laboratoire d'Annecy le Vieux de Physique des Particules
Physique/Physique des Hautes Energies - Expérience
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