AN ENEXPENSIVE HIGH-CURRENT BETATRON

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 27287
Amount: $74,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1994
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2181 Park Blvd, Palo Alto, CA, 94306
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr Melvin A Piestrup
 (415) 328-7337
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Research Institution
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Abstract
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO EMPLOY THE BETATRON PRINCIPLE TO PRODUCE AN INEXPENSIVE ELECTRON ACCELERATOR CAPABLE OF PRODUCING 20-50 MEV ELECTRONS WITH GOOD BEAM QUALITY AND HIGH-AVERAGE CURRENTS OF UP TO 5-50 MUA. IN CONVENTIONAL BETATRONS WHICH HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR OVER 50 YEARS, EDDY-CURRENT LOSSES IN THE IRON LIMIT THE OPERATING FREQUENCY, THUS LIMITING THE MAXIMUM ENERGY AND CURRENT. THE USE OF HIGH-FREQUENCY MAGNETIC MATERIALS IS PLANNED SO THAT DRIVING FREQUENCIES OF UP TO A FEW KHZ MAY BE POSSIBLE, THEREBY PERMITTING SUBSTANTIALLY HIGHER AVERAGE CURRENTS. AS PROOF OF PRINCIPLE, UNDER PHASE I AN ENEXPENSEIVE ($0.2 MILLION), MODERATE-ENERGY (25 MEV), HIGH-AVERAGE-CURRENT (8 MUA) BETATRON WILL BE DESIGNED. THE FOLLOWING IS ALSO PLANNED: DETERMINATION OF THE ORBIT DYNAMICS AT HIGH REPETITION FREQUENCIES; DETERMINATION OF THE POLE SHAPES, POLE GAP, ORBIT RADIUS, AND ELECTRON-BEAM EMITTANCE; DESIGN OF THE INJECTION SYSTEM UTILIZING ORBIT CONTRACTION/EXPANSION COILS AND DETERMINATION OF AN OPTIMUM GUN SIZE; DESIGN OF THE EXTRACTION SYSTEM WITH ORBIT CONTRCTION/EXPANSION COILS AND A MAGNETIC SHUNT; AND DETERMINATION OF THE POWER SUPPLY REACTIVE POWER AND DISSIPATIVE POWER REQUIREMENTS. A DETAILED COST ESTIMATE WILL BE PREPARED WITH INFORMATION FROM VENDORS TO CONFIRM THAT THE COST IS MODERATE AND THAT THE HIGH FREQUENCY BETRATRON CAN BE A COMPETITOR TO RF LINACS IN THE COMMERCIAL MARKETPLACE.

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