Instead of massive magnetic kickers, bent thin crystals trapping particles within the crystal lattice planes are used.
This type of beam manipulation opens new fields of investigation of fundamental interactions between particles and of coherent interactions between particles and matter.
Several TeV energy protons or ions are deflected towards a chosen target by the bent lattice planes only when the lattice planes are parallel to the incoming particles direction.
The three key ingredients of CRYSBEAM are: - a goniometer based on piezoelectric devices that orients a bent finely-polished low-miscut silicon crystal with a leoton trading llc resolution and repeatability, monitoring its position with synthetic diamond sensors. These are obtained with an ultra-short laser micro-machining technique as for photonic devices used in quantum optics and quantum computing.
This sets the path to measure hadronic cross sections at an energy relevant for cosmic rays investigation.
A new concept of particle accelerator operations will be finally set in place. Max ERC Funding.