High-gradient transportable laser accelerator for high duty cycle applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA1-10-P-0021
Agency Tracking Number: T092-008-0191
Amount: $99,984.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA092-008
Solicitation Number: 2009.2
Small Business Information
13428 Beach Ave, Marina del Rey, CA, 90292
DUNS: 140789137
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alex Murokh
 VP of Research and Development
 (310) 822-5845
Business Contact
 Salime Boucher
Title: President
Phone: (310) 822-5845
Email: boucher@radiabeam.com
Research Institution
The Inverse Free Electron Laser (IFEL) is a leading contender to demonstrate high gradient, high repetition rate laser acceleration for the next generation of small footprint, high energy (>200 MeV) accelerators for military applications. In the IFEL energy is transferred from a high power laser to an electron beam as they co-propagate through a magnetic undulator. The rapid development of laser technology will enable a 1 GeV energy gain in a 1 meter long IFEL accelerator in the near future. Importantly, the IFEL produces a high quality electron beam, features excellent shot-to-shot repeatability, and can operate at high repetition rate. The objective of this project is to develop an IFEL energy booster designed for transportable military applications, and experimentally demonstrate (in Phase II) up to 350 MeV/m IFEL accelerating gradient. In addition, it is planned to experimentally investigate IFEL operation in an innovative bunch train mode, where each laser pulse is recycled through the IFEL system many times to increase the duty cycle. The Phase II experimental work in this project will be performed at the Accelerator Test Facility (ATF) at BNL, which combines state-of-the-art accelerator and laser technologies, and is an ideal environment for Proof-of-Concept (POC) prototype development work.

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