Challenges and advantages of an e-LINAC based positron beam facility

Challenges and advantages of an e-LINAC based positron beam facility

Wagner, A.

The Helmholtz-Center Dresden - Rossendorf operates several user beamlines for materials research using positron-annihilation energy and lifetime spectroscopy. The superconducting electron linear accelerator ELBE drives several secondary beams including hard X-ray production from electron-bremsstrahlung, which serves as an intense source of positrons by means of pair production. The Mono-energetic Positron Source MePS [1] utilizes positrons with variable kinetic energies ranging from 0.5 to 18 keV for depth profiling of atomic defects and porosities on nm-scales in thin films. High timing resolutions (σt ≈100 ps) at high average rates (105 s-1) and adjustable beam repetition rates allow performing high-throughput experiments.
In the presentation advantages and caveats of employing a high-power electron LINAC for secondary positron beam production will be discussed.
The MePS facility has partly been funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with the grant PosiAnalyse (05K2013). AIDA was funded by the Impulse- und Networking fund of the Helmholtz-Association (FKZ VH-VI-442 Memriox) and by the Helmholtz Energy Materials Characterization Platform.
[1] A. Wagner, et al., AIP Conference Proceedings, 1970, 040003 (2018).

Keywords: positron annihilation; electron accelerator; linac; bremsstrahlung

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