In an effort to identify sources of the performance degradation of the Recycler Ring following the January 2003 shutdown, the following issues have been considered:
Bill provided both a tutorial on the damper plans and a status report on what is happening including lots of controls information. An Echotek card will provide ADC and DAC (via Fermilab daughter card) for initial implementation while a card with 212 MHz capability is being developed for the project. Tests will start this week using the 'Green Bomb' and the Echotek card but the three new broadband cavities have been welded up this week. The new broadband amplifiers will provide 1800 V at 50 Ohms. Bill also explained that the digital pipeline which is implemented in FPGA (field programmable gate array) technology has a very predictable 13 ticks from input to output -- none of the problems of variable time response associated with the usual digital computer implementations.
Bill's presentation is available as Beams-doc-530-v1, Longitudinal Dampers for the Main Injector.