High-Power Multi-Cavity Proton Cyclotron Accelerator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-02ER83539
Agency Tracking Number: 70272S02-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2002
Solitcitation Year: N/A
Solitcitation Topic Code: N/A
Solitcitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Omega-p, Inc.
202008 Yale Station, Suite 100, New Haven, CT, 06520
Duns: N/A
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jay Hirshfield
 (203) 789-1144
 jay@omega-p.com
Business Contact
 George Trahan
Title: 70272
Phone: (203) 789-1144
Email: trahan@omega-p.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
70272 A high-intensity GeV-scale proton accelerator can satisfy a number of applications in high energy physics, and several designs that employ superconducting radio frequency (rf) cavities are being considered. This project will investigate an alternative concept that employs room-temperature cavities, wherein energy is gained by the protons in cyclotron resonance acceleration through a cascade of cavities of decreasing frequency, with an effective acceleration gradient of 40 MV/m. In Phase I, particle simulation studies for proton orbits in realistic cavities will be carried out to maximize the acceleration gradient, while minimizing emittance growth, for finite initial beam emittance. Novel cavity designs, including radial vanes, will be considered as a means of reducing cavity size. A design for a scaled electron version of the accelerator will be developed and built during Phase II to confirm the proton accelerator concept. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The high acceleration gradient should make the proton accelerator attractive for applications where physical space is at a premium, and/or where superconducting rf cavities are not desired. Such applications include transmutation of nuclear waste, and sub-critical nuclear reactors. The adoption of the novel accelerator for one or both of these applications could open up a market in the hundred million dollar range.

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