A long-term goal of beam physics is the development of ever more intense, high quality beams, but
fear of destructive instabilities has limited intensity. Most of our experience is with low-intensity
emittance-dominated beams. As we push to higher intensities, space charge becomes more
important, in the low energy ends of electron accelerators, and throughout many ion accelerators.
Almost all of our understanding in the space-charge region is based on theory, simulation and
conjecture, because there has never been an opportunity to perform experiments in the region of deep
tune depression, and extreme intensity.
At the University of Maryland, we have established an experimental program to study the physics of
beams at extreme intensity. We have several test stands, the most significant of which is the University
of Maryland Electron Ring (UMER), currently under construction. UMER has been designed to study
the physics of beams with extreme intensity in a strong focusing lattice with dispersion. I will discuss
some of our recent work and future plans.
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