Proposal for VEPP-4M beam energy measurement using magnetic spectrometer with Compton calibration and photon detector

Proposal for VEPP-4M beam energy measurement using magnetic spectrometer with Compton calibration and photon detector

V.V. Kaminskiy,    N.Yu. Muchnoi and    V.N. Zhilich

A method for circular e/e accelerator beam energy measurement is proposed. A coordinate of an electron (or a positron) in a focusing magnetic spectrometer built in a circular accelerator depends on its energy, two spectrometer parameters, and the circulating beam energy. The spectrometer parameters can be determined using minimum electron energies from Compton backscattering with two laser wavelengths, and an additional photon coordinate detector. The photon detector is calibrated separately at well-known beam energy. The VEPP-4M collider has appropriate equipment for the method implementation: built-in focusing magnetic spectrometer, Compton calibration system with two lasers and a photon coordinate detector. Thus, the proposed technique could be implemented with minimum efforts; tests and further upgrade are planned. The beam energy can be defined with expected uncertainty better than .

Prepared for submission to JINST

Instrumentation for Colliding Beam Physics
27 February - 3 March, 2017
Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics, Novosibirsk, Russia

Proposal for VEPP-4M beam energy measurement using magnetic spectrometer with Compton calibration and photon detector


  • Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics SB RAS,
    Novosibirsk, Russia

  • Novosibirsk State University,
    Novosibirsk, Russia


Keywords: Beam-line instrumentation; Spectrometers; Detector alignment and calibration methods

ArXiv ePrint: 1705.06527



1 Motivation

Precision bottomonium spectroscopy, measurement (a total cross-section of ), two-photon processes and other experiments in a beam energy range up to 5.5 GeV are planned at the VEPP-4M e/e collider with the KEDR detector [1] (BINP, Novosibirsk). For this goal beam energy measurement with a relative accuracy better than is needed. The beam energy can be measured in some range with the resonant depolarization technique ( precision) with Touschek polarimeter (operates below 2 GeV) [2] and Compton (laser) polarimeter (it is under commissioning to operate above 2 GeV) [3]. Resonant depolarization technique requires beam polarization, which takes a lot of time. But precise energy measurement is needed in whole energy range with accuracy better than and a minimum measurement time.

In this work a new method of beam energy measurement is proposed. It is based on Compton backscattering and a focusing magnetic spectrometer.

2 Compton backscattering

In this paper we imply Compton backscattering as a scattering of a low-energy photon ( eV) head on an ultrarelativistic electron (or a positron,  GeV). If the photon scatters at zero angle (at the initial electron direction), it gains the maximum energy


where is electron mass (). Hence, the scattered electron has the minimum energy


3 Focusing magnetic spectrometer

A magnetic spectrometer is a device spatially separating fast charged particles by their energies. A dipole magnet is a simplest spectrometer with poorest energy resolution. When provided by a focusing element, the spectrometer becomes a focusing magnetic spectrometer with a drastically improved energy resolution. The principle of the resolution improvement can be illustrated using an optical analogy in Figure 1. Here an optical prism with anomalous dispersion is equivalent to a bending magnet, an optical lens is equivalent to a quadrupole magnetic lens.

In a linear lattice of an accelerator a coordinate of an electron after the bending magnet depends on its energy , the circulating beam energy and two parameters and :

Figure 1: Optical analogy of a focusing magnetic spectrometer. Blue rays represent high energy, red rays represent low energies, green rays represent medium energies (color online).

The VEPP-4M collider has a focusing magnetic spectrometer embedded into its lattice — Tagging System [4] (TS). It is intended for two-photon processes study at the KEDR detector. It has energy resolution for electrons/positrons of and efficiency for single charged particle (e or e) up to 70%. The layout of the TS is shown in Figure 2. The TS is located in the experimental section of the VEPP-4M collider (the KEDR detector is in the center); it consist of two symmetrical parts with four quadrupole magnets, (NEL1, NEL2, SEL1, SEL2), four bending magnets (NEM1, NEM2, SEM1, SEM2), four electron coordinate detectors (TS1, TS2, TS3, TS4) and four positron ones (TS1, TS2, TS3, TS4).

Figure 2: Layout of the Tagging System at the KEDR detector.

Compton backscattering is applied for the energy calibration: laser radiation of two wavelengths interacts with the electron/positron beam; scattered electrons/positrons of known energies (see 2.2) are registered by coordinate detectors [5]. When the beam energy is precisely measured (currently, only below 2 GeV), two laser wavelengths allow to calibrate the TS4 coordinate modules unambiguously and precisely (). Figure 2 shows the laser system. Laser light of two wavelength are mixed into one beam using a pair of mirrors and focused using motorized beam expander. Then the laser beam is reflected from a movable motorized mirror, inserted in the VEPP-4M vacuum chamber. Being reflected from a mirror, the laser beam interacts with the electron beam in the center of the KEDR detector (ee beam collision point).

Other modules are calibrated with lower precision (1–3%) using BGO crystal calorimeters and tagging of an electron/positron by a photon emitted in single bremsstrahlung.

4 Method

There is a relation between minimum energy of Compton backscattered electron and the energy of the circulating beam (2.2). With use of a coordinate detector for Compton photons it allows to define spectrometer parameters and the beam energy simultaneously.

4.1 Parameter

The parameter is defined by the circulating beam orbit in the laser-electron interaction point, which is affected by the whole accelerator lattice. Literally, it is the intersection point of the detector plane and the line drawn along the interaction region: . Compton photons are emitted along the interaction region. So, if a coordinate of Compton photons were measured in a frame of the electron coordinate detector, the spectrometer parameter would be determined.

A detector for Compton photons can be placed only downstream the electron detector. To convert the measured coordinate into the electron detector frame, it can be calibrated at once:

  • the beam energy is precisely measured (e.g., by the resonant depolarization);

  • two laser beams with different wavelengths are scattered on the electron beam;

  • with two Compton edges two parameters ( and ) are defined (see equations (3.1) and (2.2)): ;

  • a constant shift (and possibly, a linear coefficient) for measured Compton photon coordinate is found.

4.2 Parameter

Parameter is defined by dispersing and focusing properties of the spectrometer. After scattering two laser beams with wavelengths , on the electron beam, two Compton edge coordinates are measured. If parameter were measured, could be resolved from the following equations:


4.3 Energy calculation

The procedure of the beam energy determination looks as follows:

  • A constant shift for parameter is defined at once with the precisely measured beam energy, Compton backscattering and photon coordinate detector (see Section 4.1).

  • Laser radiation of two wavelengths is scattered on the electron beam, and are defined by electron and photon coordinate detectors (see Section 4.2).

  • The beam energy is calculated using Compton spectrum edge coordinate for any laser photon energy :


4.4 Uncertainty

Relative energy uncertainty of the method proposed is


Here , , are uncertainties of , , , correspondingly. is defined by resolution of the electron coordinate detector. is defined by the spectrometer properties and its calibration (see Sections 4.1 and 4.2). is defined mostly by a coordinate detector for Compton photons and also contains calibration uncertainty (see Section 4.1).

5 Plans

With the existing equipment at VEPP-4M the method can be tested in the nearest future.

VEPP-4M has a built-in focusing magnetic spectrometer: the magnetic system and electron coordinate detectors. There is a system for the spectrometer calibration using Compton backscattering: 1064 nm and 527 nm lasers, an optical system, an automated control system. With these lasers the beam energy can be measured in the range of 1.5–4.0 GeV, see Figure 3. There is a photon coordinate detector for the "Laser polarimeter" experiment [3], located at 18 m downstream from the electron detector. Coordinate resolution of the TS4 detector is approximately 100 m, which imply a coordinate uncertainty of 50–100 m for a coordinate spectrum edge of Compton electrons. The existing photon detector is a gas electron multiplier and has coordinate resolution of 300 m, and measured coordinate uncertainty of a Compton photon spot is 40 m within reasonable data acquisition time. Spectrometer coefficients and for TS4 are approximately 110 cm. Hence, according to Section 4.4, estimation of total uncertainty is 10.

Figure 3: Possibilities for beam energy measurement (color online). Curves represent minimal energy (relatively to the beam energy) of Compton electrons from different laser wavelengths versus the beam energy (see equation 2.2). A coloured region represent the energy range of TS4. When Compton edges from two laser wavelengths are in the energy range of TS4, the beam energy can be measured.

In 2017 tests of the technique are planned at VEPP-4M. Energy measurements by the resonant depolarization will be used for the calibration and uncertainty measurement.

Further improvements can be made:

  • Installing a photon detector (GEM) in front of the luminosity monitor (4 m from the electron detector). It will allow to measure the beam energy in luminosity regime, when the luminosity monitor is used. Being installed at a movable support with stepper motors, it will allow to hold experiments on the VEPP-4M extracted beam. Also it will reduce the uncertainty connected with unknown photon angle (see Sections 4.1 and 4.4).

  • Installing an additional 700 nm laser (e.g., ruby laser) to extend the beam energy measurement range and check the accuracy, see Figure 3.

  • Installing an electron detector and data acquisition system with better performance.

6 Conclusion

A method for the beam energy measurement is proposed. It uses Compton backscattering and detection of scattered electrons in a focusing magnetic spectrometer and scattered photons in a separate photon coordinate detector. The method precision is estimated as . Experimental tests and optimization are planned at the VEPP-4M collider.


  • [1] V. Anashin et al., The KEDR detector, Physics of particles and nuclei 44 (2013) 657–702.
  • [2] V. Blinov et al., Beam energy measurements at VEPP-4M collider by resonant depolarization technique, ICFA Beam Dynamics Newsletter (April, 2009) 181–190.
  • [3] V. Blinov et al., The project of laser polarimeter for beam energy measurement of VEPP-4M collider by resonance depolarization method, JINST 9 (2014) C09010.
  • [4] V. Aulchenko et al., Upgrade of the KEDR tagging system, Nucl. Instr. & Meth. A 494 (2002) 241–245.
  • [5] V. Kaminskiy, N. Muchnoi and V. Zhilich, Compton backscattering for the calibration of KEDR tagging system, JINST 9 (2014) C08021.
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