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High Current Negative Hydrogen Ion Source

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
Program Year/Program:
2011 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
95667
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
15 b
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000508
Small Business Information
Busek Co. Inc.
11 Tech Circle Natick, MA 01760-1023
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: High Current Negative Hydrogen Ion Source
Agency: DOE
Contract: DE-FG02-10ER85852
Award Amount: $999,598.00
 

Abstract:

A higher current negative ion source is desired for the Spallation Neutron Source. Such a source would also be useful for any accelerator facility with an ion storage ring. Busek is using a different type of plasma source which has the objective of creating a larger population of excited hydrogen molecules which can be used to produce negative ions. Busek constructed a plasma source and examined the plasma exiting from it for excited hydrogen molecule states and electron density and temperature. Both spectroscopic and probe diagnostics were used. In Phase II negative ion extraction will be performed, after which the source will be optimized for negative ion current and duty cycle. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: Negative ion sources are primarily used in accelerators for charge exchange injection into synchrotrons or spallation neutron source storage rings (as in the current project) or to produce neutral particle beams which can be used to heat fusion plasmas or as space weapons. They may also be used in tandem accelerators or for accelerator mass spectrometry. Higher negative ion currents would increase performance in all these applications.

Principal Investigator:

Lynn Olson
Dr.
5086555565
lynn@busek.com

Business Contact:

Judy Budny
Ms.
5086555565
judy@busek.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Busek Co. Inc.
11 Tech Circle Natick, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 042881247
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No