Development of a novel optimization tool for electron linacs inspired by artificial intelligence techniques in video games

Evelyne Meier, S Biedron, G LeBlanc, Michael Morgan

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    This paper reports the results of an advanced algorithm for the optimization of electron beam parameters in Free Electron Laser (FEL) Linacs. In the novel approach presented in this paper, the system uses state of the art developments in video games to mimic an operator s decisions to perform an optimization task when no prior knowledge, other than constraints on the actuators is available. The system was tested for the simultaneous optimization of the energy spread and the transmission of the Australian Synchrotron Linac. The proposed system successfully increased the transmission of the machine from 90 to 97 and decreased the energy spread of the beam from 1.04 to 0.91 . Results of a control experiment performed at the new FERMI@Elettra FEL is also reported, suggesting the adaptability of the scheme for beam-based control.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1 - 6
    Number of pages6
    JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors, and Associated Equipment
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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