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Low-background prebunching system for heavy-ion beams at the Tokai radioactive ion accelerator complex

Okada, Masashi*; Niki, Kazuaki*; Hirayama, Yoshikazu*; Imai, Nobuaki*; Ishiyama, Hironobu*; Jeong, S. C.*; Katayama, Ichiro*; Miyatake, Hiroari*; Oyaizu, Mitsuhiro*; Watanabe, Yutaka*; Arai, Shigeaki*; Makii, Hiroyuki; Wakabayashi, Yasuo

A novel beam-bunching technique has been implemented at a heavy-ion linear accelerator facility by installing a compact two-gap prebuncher and a multi-layer beam chopper. A pulsed beam of 2 to 4 MHz, having kinetic energy up to 1.1 MeV/u, is realized by bunching 2 keV/u continuous beams just upstream of the linac. Around 40% of the continuous beam particles are successively gathered in a single micro-bunch with a time width of around 15 ns in units of full-width at one-tenth maximum. The number of background beam particles over 250 ns just before the bunched beam is well suppressed to less than 10$$^{-4}$$ of the number of bunched particles. This technique has been adopted to generate intense $$alpha$$-particle beams for nuclear astrophysics experiments.

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