The meson target stations and the high power spallation neutron source SINQ at PSI
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The Paul Scherrer Institut operates two meson graphite targets, Target M and Target E, for creating the world’s most intense pion and muon beams by using 590 MeV protons and c.w. beam currents of up to 2.4 mA (=1.4 MW). The energy deposit on Target E is 20 kW mA−1. The proton beam feeds also the spallation neutron source SINQ, which operates in DC mode and produces thermal and cold neutrons. The SINQ target consists of a bundle of lead filled Zircaloy tubes. In this report the continuous developments of both target facilities and their operation are presented.
KeywordsHigh power target Meson production Spallation neutron source
We would like to thank Kurt Clausen and Mike Seidel for valuable advices, the financial support and the faith in our work. Further we thank the SINQ operation group for maintaining the SINQ target station and last but not least the service groups for the good cooperation, when e.g. exchanging the targets.
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