Longitudinal phase space tomography of charged particle beams
Charged particle accelerators often have strict requirements on the beam energy, and timing to calibrate, or control background processes. Longitudinal Phase Space Tomography is a technique developed in 1987 to visualize the time, and energy coordinates of a beam. With non-invasive detectors, the beam can be visualized at any point during operation of a synchrotron. With the progress of computing power over the last 27 years, it is now possible to compute tomographic reconstructions in real time accelerator operations for many bunches around the accelerator ring. This thesis describes a real-time, multi-bunch tomography system developed and implemented in Fermilab's Main Injector and Recycler Rings, and a study of bunch growth when crossing transition. Implications of these studies for high intensity operation of the Fermilab accelerators are presented.