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A.C. Magnet Systems

Neil Marks,

CI, ASTeC, U. of Liverpool,

The Cockcroft Institute,


Warrington WA4 4AD,


Tel: (44) (0)1925 603191

Fax: (44) (0)1925 603192

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  • Present practical details of how a.c. lattice magnets differ from d.c. magnets.

  • Present details of the typical qualities of steel used in lattice magnets.

  • 3. Give a qualitative overview of injection and extraction techniques as used in circular machines.

  • 4. Present the standard designs for kicker and septum magnets and their associated power supplies.

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  • a) Variations in design and construction for a.c. magnets;

  • Effects of eddy currents;

  • ‘Low frequency’ a.c. magnets

  • Coil transposition; eddy loss; hysteresis loss;

  • Properties and choice of steel;

  • Inductance in an a.c. magnet;

  • b) Methods of injecting and extracting beam;

  • Single turn injection/extraction;

  • Multi-turn injection/extraction;

  • Magnet requirements;

  • c) ‘Fast’ magnets;

  • Kicker magnets-lumped and distributed power supplies;

  • Septum magnets-active and passive septa;

  • Some modern examples.

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Differences to d.c. magnets

  • A.c magnets differ in two main respects to d.c. magnets:

  • In addition to d.c ohmic loss in the coils, there will be ‘ac’ losses (eddy and hysteresis); design goals are to correctly calculate and minimise a.c. losses.

  • Eddy currents will generate perturbing fields that will affect the beam.

  • 3. Excitation voltage now includes an inductive (reactive) component; this may be small, major or dominant (depending on frequency); this must be accurately assessed.

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Equivalent circuit of a.c. magnet

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A.C. Magnet Design

  • Additional Maxwell equation for magneto-dynamics:

  • curl E = -dB/dt.

  • Applying Stoke’s theorem around any closed path s enclosing area A:

  •  curl E.dA = E.ds = V loop

  • where Vloop is voltage around path s;

  •  - (dB /dt).dA = - dF/dt;

  • Where F is total flux cutting A;

  • So: Vloop = -dF/dt

  • Thus, eddy currents are induced in any conducting material in the alternating field. This results in increased loss and modification to the field strength and quality.

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Eddy Currents in a Conductor I


  • Rectangular cross section

  • resistivity  ,

  • breadth 2 a ,

  • thickness  ,

  • length l ,

  • cut normally by field B sin t.

  • Consider a strip at +x, width  x , returning at –x (l >>x).

  • Peak volts in circuit = 2 xl B

  • Resistance of circuit = 2 l/(  x )

  • Peak current in circuit = x  B  x / 

  • Integrate this to give total Amp-turns in block.

  • Peak instantaneous power in strip = 2 x2lw2 B2 x / 

  • Integrate w.r.t. x between 0 and a to obtain peak instantaneous power in block = (2/3) a3lw2 B2   / 

  • Cross section area A = 2 a 

  • Average power is ½ of above.

  • Power loss/unit length = w2 B2 A a2/(6 r ) W/m;

  • a 10x10 mm2 Cu conductor in a 1T 50Hz sin. field, loss = 1.7 kW/m

B sin wt



-a -x 0 x a

Cross section A

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Eddy Currents in a Conductor II

  • Circular cross section:

  • resistivity  ,

  • radius a ,

  • length l ,

  • cut normally by field B sin t.

  • Consider a strip at +x, width  x , returning at –x (l >>x).

  • Peak volts in circuit = 2 xl B

  • Resistance of circuit = 2 l/{ 2 (a2-x2)1/2 x }

  • Peak current in circuit = 2x  B (a2-x2) 1/2 x / 

  • Integrate this to give total Amp-turns in block.

  • Peak instantaneous power in strip = 4 x2lw2 B2 (a2-x2) 1/2 x / 

  • Integrate w.r.t. x between 0 and a to obtain peak instantaneous power in block = (p/4) a4lw2 B2  / 

  • Cross section area A = pa

  • Average power is ½ of above.

  • Power loss/unit length = w2 B2 A a2/(8 r ) W/m;




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B sin w t


Eddy Currents in a cylindrical vacuum vessel

total flux cutting circuit at angle q:

Wall conductivity r

Ie = - 2 wt R2 B (cos wt) / r

Geometry of cylindrical vacuum vessel,

It can be seen that the eddy currents vary as the square of the cylindrical radius R and directly with the wall thickness t.

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m = 





Magnet geometry around vessel radius R.

Perturbation field generated by eddy currents

  • Note:

  • that if the vacuum vessel is between the poles of a a ferro-magnetic yoke, the eddy currents will couple to that yoke; the yoke geometry therefore determines the perturbing fields;

  • this analysis assumes that the perturbing field is small compared to the imposed field.

Using: Be= m0 Ie/g;

Amplitude ratio between perturbing and imposed fields at X = 0 is:

Be(0)/B = - 2 m0 wt R2 / r g;

Phase of perturbing field w.r.t. imposed field is:

qe = arctan (- 2 m0 wt R2 / r g )

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Distributions of perturbing fields

variation with horizontal position X

  • Cylindrical vessel (radius R):

  • Be(X)

  • Rectangular vessel (semi axies a, b):

  • Be(X)

  • Elliptical vessel (semi axies a, b):

  • Be(X)

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Stainless steel vessels – amplitude.

  • Example: Ratio of amplitude of perturbing eddy current dipole field to amplitude of imposed field as a function of frequency for three values of s.s. vessel wall thickness (R = g/2):

Calculation invalid in this region.

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Stainless steel vessels – phase.

  • Phase change (lag) of dipole field applied to beam as a function of frequency for three values of vessel wall thickness (R = g/2):

Calculation invalid in this region.

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time (ms)

‘Low frequency’ a.c. magnets

  • We shall deal separately with ‘low frequency’ and ‘fast’ magnets:

  • ‘low frequency’

  • – d.c. to c 100 Hz:

  • ‘fast’ magnets

  • – pulsed magnets with rise times from 10s ms to < < 1 ms.

  • (But these are very slow compared to r.f. systems!)



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d c

c d



b a

c d

a b

d c

b a

Coils for up to c 100 Hz.

  • Coil designed to avoid excessive eddy currents. Solutions:

  • a) Small cross section copper per turn; this give large number of turns - high alternating voltage unless multiple conductors are connected in parallel; they must then be ‘transposed’:

  • b) ‘Stranded’ conductor (standard solution in electrical engineering) with strands separately insulated and transposed (but problems locating the cooling tube!):

  • Flux density at the coil is predicted by f.e.a. codes, so eddy loss in coils can be estimated during magnet design.

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Two examples:

  • Note that eddy loss varies as w2 ; B2, (width)2 and cross-section area.

  • NINA :E = 5.6 GeV;

  • w = 53 Hz;

  • Bpeak = 0.9 T.

  • ISIS: E = 800 MeV;

  • w = 50 Hz;

  • Bpeak ≈ 0.2 T.

}c 10mm x 10 mm solid conductor with cooling hole.

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Steel Yoke Eddy Losses.

  • At 10 Hz lamination thickness of 0.5mm to 1 mm can be used.

  • At 50Hz, lamination thickness of 0.35mm to 0.65mm are standard.

  • Laminations also allow steel to be ‘shuffled’ during magnet assembly, so each magnet contains a fraction of the total steel production; - used also for d.c. magnets.

To limit eddy losses, steel core are laminated, with a thin layer (~2 µm) of insulating material coated to one side of each lamination.

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Steel hysteresis loss

Steel also has hysteresis loss caused by the finite area inside the B/H loop:

Loss is proportional to B.dH

integrated over the area

within the loop.

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Steel loss data

  • Manufacturers give figures for total loss (in W/kg) in their steels catalogues:

  • for a sin waveform at a fixed peak field (Euro standard is at 1.5 T);

  • and at fixed frequency (50 Hz in Europe, 60 Hz in USA);

  • at different lamination thicknesses (0.35, 0.5, 0.65 & 1.0 mm typically)

  • they do not give separate values for eddy and hysteresis loss.

  • Accelerator magnets will have:

  • different waveforms (unidirectional!);

  • different d.c. bias values;

  • different frequencies (0.2 Hz up to 50 Hz).

  • How does the designer calculate steel loss?

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Comparison between eddy and hysteresis loss in steel:

  • Variation with:Eddy loss Hysteresis loss

  • A.c. frequency: Square law Linear;

  • A.c. amplitude: Square law Non-linear-depends on level;

  • D.c. bias: No effect Increases non-linearly;

  • Total volume of steel: Linear Linear;

  • Lamination thickness: Square law No effect.

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Choice of steel

  • 'Electrical steel' is either 'grain oriented' or 'non-oriented‘:

  • Grain oriented:

  • strongly anisotropic,

  • very high quality magnetic properties and very low a.c losses in the rolling direction;

  • normal to rolling direction is much worse than non-oriented steel;

  • stamping and machining causes loss of quality and the stamped laminations must be annealed before final assembly.

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Choice of steel (cont).

  • Non-oriented steel:

  • some anisotropy (~5%);

  • manufactured in many different grades, with different magnetic and loss figures;

  • losses controlled by the percentage of silicon included in the mix;

  • high silicon gives low losses (low coercivity), higher permeability at low flux density but poorer magnetic performance at high field;

  • low (but not zero) silicon gives good performance at high B;

  • silicon mechanically ‘stabilises’ the steel, prevents aging.

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Solid steel

  • Low carbon/high purity steels:

  • usually used for solid d.c. magnets;

  • good magnetic properties at high fields

  • but hysteresis loss not as low as high silicon steel;

  • accelerator magnets are seldom made from solid steel; (laminations preferred to allow shuffling and reduce eddy currents)

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  • Property: DK-70: CK-27: 27 M 3: XC06 :

  • Type Non- Non- Grain- Non-

  • oriented oriented oriented oriented

  • Silicon content Low High - Very low

  • Lam thickness 0.65 mm 0.35 mm 0.27 mm Solid

  • a.c. loss (50 Hz):

  • at 1.5 T peak 6.9 W/kg 2.25 W/kg 0.79 W/kg Not suitable

  • Permeability:

  • at B=1.5 T 1,680 990 > 10,000 >1,000

  • at B=1.8 T 184 122 3,100 >160

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The ‘problem’ with grain oriented steel

  • In spite of the

  • obvious advantage,

  • grain oriented is

  • seldom used in

  • accelerator magnets

  • because of the mechanical

  • problem of keeping B

  • in the direction of the grain.

Difficult (impossible?) to make each limb out of separate strips of steel.

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n turns,

current I

Magnet Inductance

  • Definition:

  • Inductance: L = n F /I

  • Dipole Inductance.

  • For an iron cored dipole:

  • F = B A = µ0 n I A/(g +l/µ);

  • Where: A is total area of flux (including gap fringe flux);

  • l is path length in steel;

  • g is total gap height

  • So: Lm = µ0 n2 A/(g +l/µ);

  • Note that the f.e.a. codes give values of vector potential to provide total flux/unit length.

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Inductances in series and parallel.

Two coils, inductance L, with no mutual coupling:

Inductance in series = 2 L:

Inductance in parallel = L/2:

ie, just like resistors.

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  • Two coils, inductance L, on the same core (fully mutually coupled):

  • Inductance of coils in series = 4 L

n is doubled, n2 is quadrupled.

Inductance of coils in parallel = L

same number of turns, cross section of conductor is doubled.

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The Injection/Extraction problem.

  • Single turn injection/extraction:

  • a magnetic element inflects beam into the ring and turn-off before the beam completes the first turn (extraction is the reverse).

  • Multi-turn injection/extraction:

  • the system must inflect the beam into

  • the ring with an existing beam circulating

  • without producing excessive disturbance

  • or loss to the circulating beam.

  • Accumulation in a storage ring:

  • A special case of multi-turn injection - continues over many turns

  • (with the aim of minimal disturbance to the stored beam).

straight section

magnetic element

injected beam

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Single turn – simple solution

  • A ‘kicker magnet’ with fast turn-off (injection) or turn-on (extraction) can be used for single turn injection.



injection – fast fall

extraction – fast rise


i) rise or fall will always be non-zero  loss of beam;

ii) single turn inject does not allow the accumulation of high current;

iii) in small accelerators revolution times can be << 1 ms.

iv) magnets are inductive  fast rise (fall) means (very) high voltage.

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Multi-turn injection solutions

  • Beam can be injected by phase-space manipulation:

  • a) Inject into an unoccupied outer region of phase space with non-integer tune which ensures many turns before the injected beam re-occupies the same region (electrons and protons):

  • eg – Horizontal phase space at Q = ¼ integer:


0 field deflect. field

turn 2

turn 3

turn 1 – first injection

turn 4 – last injection

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dynamic aperture

stored beam

injected beam

next injection after 1 damping time

Multi-turn injection solutions

  • b) Inject into outer region of phase space - damping coalesces beam into the central region before re-injecting (high energy leptons only):

c) inject negative ions through a bending magnet and then ‘strip’ to produce a p after injection (H- to p only).

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extraction channel

beam movement

Multi-turn extraction solution

  • ‘Shave’ particles from edge of beam into an extraction channel whilst the beam is moved across the aperture:


  • Points:

  • some beam loss on the septum cannot be prevented;

  • efficiency can be improved by ‘blowing up’ on 1/3rd or 1/4th integer resonance.

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Magnet requirements

  • Magnets required for injection and extraction systems.

  • i) Kicker magnets:

  • pulsed waveform;

  • rapid rise or fall times (usually << 1 ms);

  • flat-top for uniform beam deflection.

  • ii) Septum magnets:

  • pulsed or d.c. waveform;

  • spatial separation into two regions;

  • one region of high field (for injection deflection);

  • one region of very low (ideally 0) field for existing beam;

  • septum to be as thin as possible to limit beam loss.

Septum magnet schematic

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Fast Magnet & Power Supplies

  • Because of the demanding performance required from these systems, the magnet and power supply must be strongly integrated and designed as a single unit.

  • Two alternative approaches to powering these magnets:

  • Distributed circuit: magnet and power supply made up of delay line circuits.

  • Lumped circuits: magnet is designed as a pure inductance; power supply can be use delay line or a capacitor to feed the high pulse current.

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High Frequency – Kicker Magnets

  • Kicker Magnets:

  • used for rapid deflection of beam for injection or extraction;

  • usually located inside the vacuum chamber;

  • rise/fall times << 1µs.

  • yoke assembled from high frequency ferrite;

  • single turn coil;

  • pulse current  104A;

  • pulse voltages of many kV.

Typical geometry:

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Kickers - Distributed System

  • Standard (CERN) delay line magnet and power supply:

 Power Supply  Thyratron Magnet Resistor

The power supply and interconnecting cables are matched to the surge impedance of the delay line magnet:

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Distributed System -mode of operation

  • the first delay line is charged to by

  • the d.c. supply to a voltage : V;

  • the thyratron triggers, a voltages wave: V/2 propagates into magnet;

  • this gives a current wave of V/( 2 Z )

  • propagating into the magnet;

  • the circuit is terminated by pure resistor Z,

  • to prevent reflection.

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EEV Thyratron CX1925


HV = 80kV

Peak current 15 kA

repetition 2 kHz

Life time ~3 year

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Magnet Physical assembly

  • Magnet:

  • Usually capacitance is introduced along the length of the magnet, which is split into many segments:

ie it is a pseudo-distributed line

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Power supplies for distributed systems.

  • Can be:

  • a true ‘line’ (ie a long length of high voltage coaxial cable);

  • or a multi-segment lumped line.

  • These are referred to as ‘pulse forming networks’ (p.f.n.s) and are used extensively in ‘modulators’ for:

    • linacs;

    • radar installations.

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  • The value of impedance Z (and therefore the added distributed capacitance) is determined by the required rise time of current:

  • total magnet inductance = L;

  • capacitance added = C;

  • surge impedance Z0 = (L/C);

  • transit time (t) in magnet =  (LC);

  • so Z0 = L/t;

  • for a current pulse (I), V = 2 Z I ; = 2 I L / t .

  • The voltage (V/2) is the same as that required for a linear rise across a pure inductance of the same value – the distributed capacitance has not slowed the pulse down!

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Suitability of distributed system:

  • Strengths:

  • the most widely used system for high I and V applications;

  • highly suitable if power supply is remote from the magnet;

  • this system is capable of very high quality pulses;

  • other circuits can approach this in performance but not improve on it;

  • the volts do not reverse across the thyratron at the end of the pulse.

  • Problems:

  • the pulse voltage is only 1/2 of the line voltage;

  • the volts are on the magnet throughout the pulse;

  • the magnet is a complex piece of electrical & mechanical engineering;

  • the terminating resistor must have a very low inductance - problem!

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Distributed power supply– lumped magnet

I = (V/Z) (1 – exp (-Z t /L)

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Example of such a distributed kicker system

  • SNS facility (Brookhaven)– extraction kickers:

  • 14 kicker pulse power

  • supplies & magnets;

  • operated at a 60 Hz

  • repetition rate;

  • kicks beam in 250 nS;

  • 750nS pulse flat top.

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Kickers – Lumped Systems.

  • The magnet is (mainly) inductive - no added distributed capacitance;

  • the magnetmust be very close to the supply (minimises inductance).

I = (V/R) (1 – exp (- R t /L)

i.e. the same waveform as distributed power supply, lumped magnet systems..

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Improvement on above

The extra capacitor C improves the pulse substantially.

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Resulting Waveform

  • Example calculated for the following parameters:

mag inductance L = 1 mH;

rise time t = 0.2 ms;

resistor R = 10 W;

trim capacitor C = 4,000 pF.

The impedance in the lumped circuit is twice that needed in the distributed! The voltage to produce a given peak current is the same in both cases.

Performance: at t = 0.1 ms, current amplitude = 0.777 of peak;

at t = 0.2 ms, current amplitude = 1.01 of peak.

The maximum ‘overswing’ is 2.5%.

This system is much simpler and cheaper than the distributed system.

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Septum Magnets – ‘classic’ design.

  • Often (not always) located inside the vacuum and used to deflect part of the beam for injection or extraction:

  • The thin 'septum' coil on the front face gives:

  • high field within the gap,

  • low field externally;

  • Problems:

  • The thickness of the septum must be minimised to limit beam loss;

  • the front septum has very high current density and major heating problems

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Multiple septa

  • These engineering problems can be partially overcome by using multiple septa magnets (the septa can get thicker as the beams diverge).

  • eg – KEK (3 GeV beam):

  • Operation: DC

  • Beam: H+

  • Energy: 3.0 GeV

  • Field strength: 0.41067 T (SEPEX-1)

  • 0.75023 T (SEPEX-2)

  • 0.87418 T (SEPEX-3)

  • 1.00530 T (SEPEX-4)

  • Effective length: 0.9 m

  • Field flatness: +/- 0.1 %

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‘Opposite bend’ septa magnets

  • KEK also use ‘opposite bend’ septum magnets at 50 GeV:

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Septum Magnet – eddy current design.

  • uses a pulsed current through a backleg coil (usually a poor design feature) to generate the field;

  • the front eddy current shield must be, at the septum, a number of skin depths thick; elsewhere at least ten skin depths;

  • high eddy currents are induced in the front screen; but this is at earth potential and bonded to the base plate – heat is conducted out to the base plate;

  • field outside the septum are usually ~ 1% of field in the gap.

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Comparison of the two types.

  • Classical: Eddy current:

  • Excitation d.c or low frequency pulse; pulse at > 10 kHz;

  • Coil single turn including single or multi-turn on

  • front septum; backleg, room for

  • large cross section;

  • Cooling complex-water spirals heat generated in in thermal contact with shield is conducted to septum; base plate;

  • Yoke conventional steel high frequency material (ferrite or thin steel lams).

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  • Skin depth in material: resistivity r;

  • permeability m;

  • at frequency w

  • is given by: d = (2 r/wµµ0 )

  • Example: EMMA injection and extraction eddy current septa:

  • Screen thickness (at beam height): 1 mm;

  • " " (elsewhere) – up to 10 mm;

  • Excitation 25 µs,

  • half sinewave;

  • Skin depth in copper at 20 kHz 0.45 mm

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Design of the EMMA septum magnet

Inner steel yoke is assembled from 0.1mm thick silicon steel laminations, insulated with 0.2 mm coatings on each side.

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‘Out of Vacuum’ designs.

  • Benefits in locating the magnet outside the vacuum.

  • But a (metallic) vessel has to be inserted inside the magnet -the use of an eddy current design (probably) impossible.

  • eg the upgrade to the APS septum (2002):

  • ‘The designs of the six septum magnets required for the APS facility have evolved since operation began in 1996. Improvements .. have provided

  • better injection/extraction performance and extended the machine reliability...’

  • ‘Currently a new synchrotron extraction direct-drive septum with the core out of vacuum is being built to replace the existing, in-vacuum eddy-current-shielded magnet.’

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‘New’ APS septum magnet.

Synchrotron extraction septum conductor assembly partially installed in the laminated core.