High Intensity Proton Accelerator

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER84862
Agency Tracking Number: 82464
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: 27
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Small Business Information
199 Whitney Ave., Suite 200, New Haven, CT, 06511
DUNS: 084736651
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Jay Hirshfield
 (203) 789-1164
Business Contact
 George Trahan
Title: Dr
Phone: (203) 789-1165
Email: trahan@omega-p.com
Research Institution
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.

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