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PROCEDURE FOR OPERTING THE RU 12-INCH CYCLOTRON

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PROCEDURE FOR OPERTING THE RU 12-INCH CYCLOTRON

    RUTGERS 12-INCH CYCLOTRON

    OPERATORS MANUAL

For use in Modern Physics Laboratory

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     th By T. Koeth Rev. Feb 17, 2006

    Rutgers 12 Inch, 1.2 MeV, Cyclotron Users Manual

    OUTLINE

    I. Introduction

    II. Safety Concerns

    III. Theory of the Cyclotron

    IV. Theory of Operation of 12 Inch Cyclotron:

    a. The LabView VI control system

    b. Vacuum System

    c. Magnet System (to be written)

    d. The RF system (to be written)

    e. The ion source

    f. The beam detection system (to be written)

    V. Procedures for operating the Cyclotron:

    a. Pre-operational Check List

    b. Starting Control Computer & VI

    c. Turning on the Cooling Water

    d. Turning on the Vacuum System

    e. Turning on the Electromagnet

    f. Turning on the RF System (50Watts)

    g. Turning on the Ion Source VI. Maintenance & Trouble Shooting

    a. Removing and Opening the Cyclotron Chamber

    b. Replacing the Ion Source Filament (to be written)

    c. Closing and (re-)installing the Cyclotron Chamber

    VII. Experiments

    a. Accel Physics: Experiencing Magnetic Resonance Acceleration (to be

    written)

    b. Accel Physics: Magnetic Focusing (to be written)

    c. Nuclear Physics: Measuring Q/m (to be written)

    VIII. Appendices

    a. Operational Readiness Check List (to be written)

    b. Note on Magnetic Field Measurements

    c. Note of RF field measurements IX. References

    a. Journal citations (to be written)

    b. Text book references (to be written)

    c. Expert Contact information

    d. Equipment manuals

I. INTRODUCTION

    The Rutgers 12-Inch cyclotron is a particle accelerator. It utilizes a strong constant magnetic field and an oscillating high voltage to ―speed up‖ from rest – or accelerate - protons to a kinetic energy of 1,200,000

    eV.

    This cyclotron was initially designed and constructed by two Rutgers Undergraduate Students starting in 1995. Since that time, other Rutgers Students and Staff members as well as outside visitors have participated in the evolution of this machine. Although the 12 Inch cyclotron’s primary purpose is a teaching tool, it is built to research quality standards.

    It is the goal of the original creators to inspire young scientists to enjoy building and working with apparatus. In a day, when most Physics labs are taught through computer simulation, the cyclotron offers real life experience: frustration and elation. The cyclotron project provides the student plenty of opportunities to make mistakes, to damage it, and then to repair it. Working with the cyclotron will gain the student exposure to the machine shop and electronics shop, experience in mechanical drafting, physical measurement, RF systems, high vacuum techniques, as well as insight into the physical world.