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Ultra-High Gradient Travelling-Wave Gun

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-SC0018709
Agency Tracking Number: 247330
Amount: $1,049,718.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 23b
Solicitation Number: DE-FOA-0001976
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-19
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2021-08-18
Small Business Information
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Solon, OH 44139-1866
United States
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Principal Investigator
 Sergey Antipov
 (440) 519-0410
Business Contact
 Alex Kanareykin
Phone: (440) 519-0410
Research Institution

High brightness beams enable novel applications like x-ray free electron lasers and ultrafast electron microscopes.High brightness beams essentially consist of a large number of electrons in a small phase space volume, i.e.a high peak current.When such beams are generated from the cathode, there is a strong space charge force, which elongates the bunch and reduces its brightness.An optimal solution is to raise the accelerating voltage in the gun; however, the maximum gradient is limited by the effects of RF breakdown.The probability of RF breakdown is reduced as the RF pulse length decreases.We propose to develop an electron photoinjector operating with short RF pulses.However, standing-wave cavities are inefficient to operate at short RF pulse lengths.For this reason, the proposed gun will consist of high peak gradient cathode half-cell with low loaded Q-factor, followed by a travelling-wave accelerating section, which is more efficient operating at short RF pulse lengths.In Phase I, we designed an injector prototype in X-band.Microwave design was optimized iteratively with beam dynamics simulations.The engineering design of the full-featured injector had been produced.The design is based on a short RF pulse generated at the Argonne Wakefield Accelerator Facility (AWA) for two-beam acceleration experiments.We fabricated a simplified aluminum prototype and demonstrated that required RF parameters are achieved.In Phase II, we will fabricate a full-featured RF injector.This will be followed by cold testing and tuning.Then the gun will be conditioned at high power at the Argonne Wakefield Accelerator (AWA).We will design and build a diagnostics beamline for the injector.Experimental program will culminate in an injector testing with complete electron beam quality characterization at the AWA.The proposed short RF pulse gun is an effective high gradient electron source fed by short RF pulses.These pulses can be formed by radar magnetrons with compact pulse compression systems that have a short delay line.The high brightness beam source can be used as the main beam in wakefield accelerators.It will find commercial applications in ultrafast electron diffraction and microscopy systems.

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