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episode 383: The LHC Beam Dump

Gast: Markus Völter   Host: Marco Calviani    Shownoter: Kolja Dummann

The beam dump is a large graphite block used to take up the energy stored in the LHC beam in case the beam needs to be shut down. Since the energy in the beam can be as high as the kinetic energy of a landing 747-400, designing and operating the dump is challenging. In this episode, Marco Calviani, who heads the group that is responsible for this and other beam dumps at CERN, tells us about how the dump works, and what they have recently changed in order to cope with the higher luminosity in future configurations of the LHC.

Intro 00:04:24

Faster-than-light neutrino anomaly | CERN Neutrinos to Gran Sasso | Simon van der Meer | Fermilab | Graphite (omega tau 344 – History and Development of ATLAS)  | Compact Muon Solenoid

The LHC Beam Dump 00:16:09

(Beam Intercepting Devices at CERN – Types, Challenges, Design, R&D and Operation (1/2) | Beam Intercepting Devices at CERN – Types, Challenges, Design, R&D and Operation (2/2))  | Proton Synchrotron Booster (PSB) | High-Luminosity LHC

Kicker Magnets 00:42:21

(omgea tau 096 – Controlling the LHC Beam)  | LHC Abort Gap Monitoring and Cleaning (Chapter 17 - Beam Dumping System)

Enhancing the Beam Dump 00:51:29

The SPS & PS Dump 01:06:54

Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) | Proton Synchrotron

FCC Beam Dump 01:17:00


 2022-02-06  1h30m