We model the effect of ground movement, based on empirical experience, on the transport properties of long neutron guides by ray-tracing simulations. For a simple model, our results reproduce the large losses found by an earlier study, while for a more realistic engineering model of guide mounting, we find the losses to be significantly smaller. A detailed study of the guide for the cold neutron spectrometer BIFROST at the European Spallation Source shows that a realistic loss value is 7.0(5)% for wavelengths of 2.3-4.0 Å, the typical operational wavelength range of the instrument. This amount of loss does not call for mitigation by overillumination as suggested in the previous work. Our work serves to quantify the robustness of the transport properties of long neutron guides, in construction or planning at neutron facilities worldwide.
|Journal||Physical Review Accelerators and Beams|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2020|