Survey and alignment of ELETTRA storage ring

Carlo Talarico, Luigi Semeraro, Alessandro Lo Bue, Alessandro Gambitta, Alessio Turchet, Fuqiang Wei, Cesare Cassani

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ELETTRA is an intermediate energy Synchrotron Light Source located in the outskirts of Trieste, Italy, open to researchers of basic and applied fields such as material and life sciences, physics, chemistry and geology. The synchrotron is operated 24 hours/day, 7 days/week with few periods of shutdown, mostly dedicated to maintenance. During one of these periods, in August 2001, ENEA Fusion Technology Division (Italy), in collaboration with ELETTRA Accelerator Sector and Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI, Switzerland), carried out the 3D dimensional survey of the storage ring using its own optical metrology system (Leica laser tracker LTD500). The aim of the survey was the realignment of the storage ring magnets of the synchrotron. Within a two-weeks time shutdown, more than 2300 single measurements were taken on the 24 bending magnets, 108 quadrupoles and 72 sextupoles placed in the 259.2 m circumference storage ring. The overall root mean square error of the oriented network were less than 0.1 mm, thus making possible a subsequent and successful one-week alignment of one fourth of the storage ring (October 2001). This performance completely fulfilled the very demanding survey specifications in terms of accuracy, time required, and usability of the measurements. This paper illustrates the survey, the method and the instrumentation adopted and the results obtained. Moreover, it gives guidelines to be taken into account when planning the alignment of accelerators or large and heavy components.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventOptical Measurement Systems for Industrial Inspection III - , Germany
Duration: 1 Jan 2003 → …


ConferenceOptical Measurement Systems for Industrial Inspection III
Period1/1/03 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Talarico, C., Semeraro, L., Lo Bue, A., Gambitta, A., Turchet, A., Wei, F., & Cassani, C. (2003). Survey and alignment of ELETTRA storage ring. Paper presented at Optical Measurement Systems for Industrial Inspection III, Germany.