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High Intensity Proton Accelerator

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
84183
Program Year/Program:
2007 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
82464
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Omega-p, Inc.
291 Whitney Ave. New Haven, CT 06511-3765
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2007
Title: High Intensity Proton Accelerator
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER84862
Award Amount: $100,000.00
 

Abstract:

High-intensity GeV proton beams are required for neutron production, nuclear waste transmutation, energy production in sub-critical nuclear reactors, medical proton therapy, and radioisotope production. Conventional designs for the proton accelerator utilize a several-hundred-meter-long superconducting linear accelerator for this purpose. This project will design and demonstrate a much shorter room-temperature cyclotron accelerator to generate the proton beam. The approach is based on proton-cyclotron-resonance acceleration in a sequence of radio frequency (RF) cavities with step-wise decreasing resonance frequencies in a strong axial magnetic field, which can provide a high acceleration gradient (40 MV/m) for a high-current proton beam (100 mA). Phase I will design an eight-cavity version for proton acceleration of 1 GeV, which will prove the underlying principle of operation and demonstrate that effects of high space charge can be controlled. In Phase II, a small four-cavity electron counterpart accelerator will be built and tested. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The technology should lead to the construction of a two- or three-cavity proton prototype and, eventually, to a 100 MW, 1 GeV proton machine.

Principal Investigator:

Jay L. Hirshfield
Dr
2037891164
jay@omega-p.com

Business Contact:

George P. Trahan
Dr
2037891165
trahan@omega-p.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Omega-p, Inc.
199 Whitney Ave., Suite 200 New Haven, CT 06511

EIN/Tax ID: 562040484
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No