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.
STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory