From FNAL: “Fermilab scientists identify sources of beam losses in accelerators”

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June 3, 2017
Troy Rummler

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We may think of particles in accelerators as smoothly cruising ahead until they reach their target, but in very high-intensity beams they also destructively interact with each other. James Bjorken and Sekazi Mtingwa, two scientists working at Fermilab, predicted and discovered a number of these “intrabeam scattering” phenomena, which brought about losses and limited the performance of circular accelerators. A related mechanism, called “intrabeam scattering stripping,” was also predicted by theory and experimentally identified by scientist Valery Lebedev as a performance-limiting effect in modern linear accelerators.

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