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[en] The Juelich Electric Dipole Moment Investigation (JEDI) Collaboration works on a measurement of the electric dipole moment (EDM) of charged hadrons using a storage ring. Such a dipole moment would violate CP symmetry, providing a test for physics beyond the Standard Model. To measure the EDM in a magnetic storage ring, the precession of the spin in the ring has to be kept in phase with an RF Wien Filter that manipulates the spin. In fall 2015 an active feedback system that meets this requirement was successfully tested at COSY. The system works by adjusting the accelerator frequency, which changes the beam velocity and therefore the rate of spin precession. Data from the polarimeter EDDA are analyzed over a period of about one second to determine the relative phase between the spin precession and the external frequency, which is used to calculate the necessary correction. In absence of a Wien filter an RF solenoid coil was used as a spin manipulator in the tests. The test of the feedback system proofs that the method is suitable for a proof of principle experiment for EDM measurements at COSY.
[en] The Cooler Synchrotron (COSY) is a facility for cooled polarized beams at the Forschungszentrum in Juelich. The Low Energy Polarimeter (LEP) is the polarimeter in the injection beam line of COSY. The beam polarization is measured using scattering off carbon and polyethylene (CH2) targets. The outgoing particles are detected using twelve plastic scintillators installed in groups of three to the left, to the right, above, and below the beam. The LEP is the routine tool for beam set-up, but its performance was limited by the old read-out electronics consisting of analog NIM modules. A new system using analog pulse sampling and an FPGA chip for signal processing was installed and tested. The ejectile particles were identified by relative time of flight measurement using a signal from the RF amplifier of the cyclotron used for acceleration as a reference. The new system is able to measure the time at which a particle arrives to an accuracy in the order of 50 ps. The presentation includes a review of available systems and a report about measurements in May and December 2015.
[en] The Cooler Synchrotron (COSY) is a storage ring used for experiments with polarized proton and deuteron beams. The low energy polarimeter is used to determine the vector and tensor polarization of the beam before injection at kinetic energies up to 45 MeV for protons and 75 MeV for deuterons. The polarimeter uses scintillators to measure the energy of both outgoing particles of a scattering reaction and the time between their detection. The present read-out electronics consists of analog NIM modules and is limited in terms of time resolution and the capability for online data analysis. The read-out electronics will be replaced with a a new system based on analog pulse sampling and an FPGA chip for logic operations. The new system will be able to measure the time at which particles arrive to a precision better than 50 ps, facilitating better background reduction using coincidence measurement. In addition to measuring the beam polarization, the system will be used to precisely determine the vector and tensor analyzing powers for deuteron scattering off carbon at a kinetic energy of 75 MeV.
[en] A new high-resolution regional climate change ensemble has been established for Europe within the World Climate Research Program Coordinated Regional Down-scaling Experiment (EURO-CORDEX) initiative. The first set of simulations with a horizontal resolution of 12.5 km was completed for the new emission scenarios RCP4.5 and RCP8.5 with more simulations expected to follow. The aim of this paper is to present this data set to the different communities active in regional climate modelling, impact assessment and adaptation. The EURO-CORDEX ensemble results have been compared to the SRES A1B simulation results achieved within the ENSEMBLES project. The large-scale patterns of changes in mean temperature and precipitation are similar in all three scenarios, but they differ in regional details, which can partly be related to the higher resolution in EURO-CORDEX. The results strengthen those obtained in ENSEMBLES, but need further investigations. The analysis of impact indices shows that for RCP8.5, there is a substantially larger change projected for temperature-based indices than for RCP4.5. The difference is less pronounced for precipitation-based indices. Two effects of the increased resolution can be regarded as an added value of regional climate simulations. Regional climate model simulations provide higher daily precipitation intensities, which are completely missing in the global climate model simulations, and they provide a significantly different climate change of daily precipitation intensities resulting in a smoother shift from weak to moderate and high intensities. (authors)
[en] A detailed analysis is carried out to assess the HadGEM3-A global atmospheric model skill in simulating extreme temperatures, precipitation and storm surges in Europe in the view of their attribution to human influence. The analysis is performed based on an ensemble of 15 atmospheric simulations forced with observed sea surface temperature of the 54 year period 1960–2013. These simulations, together with dual simulations without human influence in the forcing, are intended to be used in weather and climate event attribution. The analysis investigates the main processes leading to extreme events, including atmospheric circulation patterns, their links with temperature extremes, land–atmosphere and troposphere-stratosphere interactions. It also compares observed and simulated variability, trends and generalized extreme value theory parameters for temperature and precipitation. One of the most striking findings is the ability of the model to capture North-Atlantic atmospheric weather regimes as obtained from a cluster analysis of sea level pressure fields. The model also reproduces the main observed weather patterns responsible for temperature and precipitation extreme events. However, biases are found in many physical processes. Slightly excessive drying may be the cause of an overestimated summer interannual variability and too intense heat waves, especially in central/northern Europe. However, this does not seem to hinder proper simulation of summer temperature trends. Cold extremes appear well simulated, as well as the underlying blocking frequency and stratosphere-troposphere interactions. Extreme precipitation amounts are overestimated and too variable. The atmospheric conditions leading to storm surges were also examined in the Baltics region. There, simulated weather conditions appear not to be leading to strong enough storm surges, but winds were found in very good agreement with reanalyses. The performance in reproducing atmospheric weather patterns indicates that biases mainly originate from local and regional physical processes. This makes local bias adjustment meaningful for climate change attribution.