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Copyright © 2012 by the respective authors - CC BY 3.0 ISIS is the spallation neutron source at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in the UK. Operation centres on a high intensity proton synchrotron, accelerating 3×1013 ppp from 70-800 MeV, at a repetition rate of 50 Hz. Present studies are looking at key aspects of high intensity behaviour with a view to increasing operational intensity, identifying optimal upgrade routes and understanding loss mechanisms. Of particular interest is the space charge limit imposed by half integer resonance: we present results from coasting beam experiments with the ISIS ring in storage ring mode, along with detailed 3D (ORBIT) simulations to help interpret observations. The methods for experimentally approaching resonance, and the implications on beam behaviour, measurement and interpretation, are discussed. In addition, results from simpler 2D simulations and analytical models are reviewed to help interpret expected beam loss and halo evolution. Plans and challenges for the measurement and understanding of this important beam loss mechanism are summarised, as are some closely related areas of high intensity work on ISIS.


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434 - 438