Fermilab scientist Jonathan Jarvis hunts for the pieces of obscure hardware needed to get the OSC experiment going. His late-night, last-minute scouting expedition takes place in the final minutes before IOTA saw first beam in December.
High-intensity particle beams enable researchers to probe rare physics phenomena. A proposed technique called optical stochastic cooling could achieve brighter beams 10,000 times faster than current technology allows. A proof-of-principle experiment to demonstrate OSC has begun at Fermilab’s Integrable Optics Test Accelerator.