Orbit correction studies for the MINERVA 100 MeV proton accelerator

Lennert De Keukeleere, Ulrich Dorda, Jarno Van de Walle

    Research outputpeer-review


    MINERVA entails the first phase of the MYRRHA programme, which aims at driving a nuclear reactor with a high-power proton accelerator, commonly referred to as an Accelerator Driven System(ADS). The purpose of MINERVA is to demonstrate the reliability requirements that are needed for a stable ADS, by the realization of a 100 MeV, 4mA proton beam. In order to transport the proton beam with minimal losses, a strategic placement and usage of orbit correctors, i.e. steering magnets, and Beam Position Monitors (BPMs) along the accelerator is paramount. With this in mind, error studies were carried out with TraceWin to determine an optimal steering strategy and put forward requirements on magnet design and alignment. In addition, orbit correction studies were performed with an in-house developed beam dynamics simulation code, PyAccel. Comparison of the results obtained with both software packages serves as an important benchmark towards future developments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationJournals of Accelerator Conferences Website (JACoW)
    Subtitle of host publication14th International Particle Accelerator Conference
    Place of PublicationGeneva, Switzerland
    PublisherJACoW Publishing
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-95450-231-8
    StatePublished - 12 May 2023
    Event2023 - IPAC: 14th International Particle Accelerator Conference - The Venice Convention Centre, Venice
    Duration: 7 May 202312 May 2023

    Publication series

    NameJournals of Accelerator Conferences Website (JACoW)
    ISSN (Electronic)2673-5490


    Conference2023 - IPAC
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