MICE - Muon Ionization Cooling Experiment
The Muon Ionisation Cooling Experiment (MICE) is an international collaboration of particle and accelerator physicists from Europe, the US and Japan. It seeks to design, build and operate a muon ionisation cooling channel, which given the consequence of the short muon lifetime that makes traditional cooling techniques inappropriate, is an essential technology for the design of a muon collider or neutrino factory.
The MICE cooling channel is of the same design as the cells proposed for the neutrino factory and consists of 3 absorber coil modules with low density absorbers inside a focusing magnetic field and 2 RF-coupling coil modules. It is being built on a dedicated muon beam from the ISIS accelerator at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. Construction of this experiment started in 2004 and is divided into 6 steps. It is anticipated that the spectrometer solenoids will be delivered in 2012 allowing step IV configuration to be ready at the end of 2012. Step V will provide the first opportunity to measure ionisation cooling with reacceleration. Step VI demonstrates a complete cell and allows measurement of the cooling performance of the cell as a function of emittance and validation of the simulation software.
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