Effect of a sweeping conductive wire on electrons stored in a Penning-like trap between the KATRIN spectrometers
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- Beck, M., Valerius, K., Bonn, J. et al. Eur. Phys. J. A (2010) 44: 499. doi:10.1140/epja/i2010-10959-1
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The KATRIN experiment is going to search for the mass of the electron antineutrino down to 0.2eV/c2. In order to reach this sensitivity the background rate has to be understood and minimised to 0.01 counts per second. One of the background sources is the unavoidable Penning-like trap for electrons due to the combination of the electric and magnetic fields between the pre- and the main spectrometer at KATRIN. In this article we will show that by sweeping a conducting wire periodically through such a particle trap stored particles can be removed, an ongoing discharge in the trap can be stopped, and the count rate measured with a detector looking at the trap is reduced.