Ion Beam Drift Compression Technology for NDCX

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER86184
Agency Tracking Number: 76144B04-I
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: 03a
Solicitation Number: DOE/SC-0075
Solicitation Year: 2004
Award Year: 2005
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
5330 Derry Avenue, Suite J, Agoura Hills, CA, 91301
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Craig Burkhart
 (818) 707-1131
Business Contact
 John Bayless
Title: Dr.
Phone: (818) 707-1131
Research Institution
76144-Heavy-ion fusion requires a high current and high brightness beam, but its specifications cannot be met with the highest intensity ion sources available. Current amplification, through longitudinal compression of the beam, will be needed to achieve these specifications, and ion beam drift compression has been identified as the preferred method. However, this concept has not been demonstrated experimentally. This project will combine a novel induction acceleration buncher with a transport channel, in order to develop and experimentally demonstrate ion beam drift compression on a major heavy ion fusion experiment at a leading national laboratory. Phase I will: (1) develop a preliminary design for the buncher system, including an induction cell, beam focusing elements, and an all-solid-state pulse modulator; and (2) develop a preliminary design for a drift compression transport channel. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: In addition to the benefits to the heavy ion fusion program, this project should have substantial commercial pay-offs in areas including: (1) induction accelerators for radiation processing and induction synchrotrons for semiconductor research; (2) pulsed lasers; (3) low energy accelerators for ion surface modification and semiconductor ion implantation; (4) pulsed neutron generator systems for radiography, activation analysis, medical isotope production, and homeland security; and (5) modulator drivers for radar and high-energy accelerators.

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