Improved Capillary Guided Laser Wakefield Accelerators based on Diamond Materials

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,992.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-12ER86527
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
87055
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
03 d
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000628
Small Business Information
5900 Harper Rd. #102, Solon, OH, 44139-1866
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
141568639
Principal Investigator:
James Butler
Dr.
(440) 519-0410
j.butler@euclidtechlabs.com
Business Contact:
David Dunay
Mr.
(440) 519-0410
daved@euclidtechlabs.com
Research Institution:
Argonne National Laboratory

9700 South Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL, 60439-
() -
Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Abstract
Detection of smuggled nuclear materials concealed in cargo containers is an essential need for homeland security. A low cost and efficient method of scanning bulk cargo is to use a tunable energy gamma ray source. Laser plasma accelerators can currently produce (through Thomson backscattering) a gamma beam with the needed energy and positional scanning capability but are limited in intensity because of the low thermal conductivity of the sapphire capillary structure. We propose to develop a structure from artificial diamond that is compatible with the required intensity. Diamond has the highest thermal conductivity of any material, about 50 times larger than sapphire. Development of a diamond capillary structure will permit portable laser plasma sources of the requisite intensity to be constructed. We will complete thermal simulations of sapphire and diamond capillary devices. A diamond capillary device will be designed and fabricated. Initial testing of the structure will be performed at LBNL and the results evaluated. Commercial Applications and Benefits: Success of the proposed program will be a key step towards development of very compact, portable, and cost effective accelerators and gamma ray sources with applications in homeland security, basic research, and medicine.

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