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Sample records for accelerator pulsed fast assembly

  1. Pulsed neutron source based on accelerator-subcritical-assembly

    Inoue, Makoto; Noda, Akira; Iwashita, Yoshihisa; Okamoto, Hiromi; Shirai, Toshiyuki [Kyoto Univ., Uji (Japan). Inst. for Chemical Research

    1997-03-01

    A new pulsed neutron source which consists of a 300MeV proton linac and a nuclear fuel subcritical assembly is proposed. The proton linac produces pulsed spallation neutrons, which are multipied by the subcritical assembly. A prototype proton linac that accelerates protons up to 7MeV has been developed and a high energy section of a DAW structure is studied with a power model. Halo formations in high intensity beam are also being studied. (author)

  2. The Pulsed Neutron Technique Applied to Fast Non-Multiplying Assemblies

    A nanosecond pulsed Van de Graaff accelerator has been used to study the behaviour of fast neutrons in non-multiplying metal assemblies. A pulsed neutron source technique has been utilized to measure fast non-elastic cross-sections for iron. The method employed is similar to that used to measure absorption cross-sections in thermal assemblies, with the exception that the fast decay times are of the order of nanoseconds rather than microseconds. Nanosecond bursts of monoenergetic neutrons are injected into various size iron assemblies. The neutron flux in these assemblies is observed to decay exponentially with a characteristic decay constant. The decay constant is composed of a sum of terms which represent neutron loss due to leakage and energy degradation. Energy degradation represents a neutron loss since a biased neutron detector is used. The removal term due to elastic and nonelastic scattering can be determined by measuring the decay constant as a function of assembly size. A theoretical development is presented for calculating the fraction that the elastic scattering contributes to the removal term, hence the non-elastic cross-section can be determined. The theoretical treatment for calculating the elastic contribution has been verified experimentally. The non-elastic cross-section for iron has been measured by this technique for primary neutron energies between 0.8 and 1.5 MeV. The pulsed source technique described above has been used to measure decay constants for lead slabs. The experiment approximates the assumptions which are generally made when solving the time-dependent Boltzmann transport equation (i.e. one-dimension, one-velocity). Decay constants have been measured for 28 in x 32 in lead slabs of 2, 4, 6 and 8-in thickness. The results, after being corrected for energy degradation and finite assembly, are compared with the approximate solutions of the Boltzmann transport equation. (author)

  3. Investigation of linear accelerator pulse delivery using fast organic scintillator measurements

    Beierholm, Anders Ravnsborg; Andersen, Claus Erik; Lindvold, Lars René;

    2010-01-01

    Fiber-coupled organic plastic scintillators present an attractive method for time-resolved dose measurements during radiotherapy. Most organic scintillators exhibit a fast response, making it possible to use them to measure individual high-energy X-ray pulses from a medical linear accelerator. Th...

  4. Energy distribution of fast electrons accelerated by high intensity laser pulse depending on laser pulse duration

    Kojima, Sadaoki; Arikawa, Yasunobu; Morace, Alessio; Hata, Masayasu; Nagatomo, Hideo; Ozaki, Tetsuo; Sakata, Shohei; Lee, Seung Ho; Matsuo, Kazuki; Farley Law, King Fai; Tosaki, Shota; Yogo, Akifumi; Johzaki, Tomoyuki; Sunahara, Atsushi; Sakagami, Hitoshi; Nakai, Mitsuo; Nishimura, Hiroaki; Shiraga, Hiroyuki; Fujioka, Shinsuke; Azechi, Hiroshi

    2016-05-01

    The dependence of high-energy electron generation on the pulse duration of a high intensity LFEX laser was experimentally investigated. The LFEX laser (λ = 1.054 and intensity = 2.5 – 3 x 1018 W/cm2) pulses were focused on a 1 mm3 gold cubic block after reducing the intensities of the foot pulse and pedestal by using a plasma mirror. The full width at half maximum (FWHM) duration of the intense laser pulse could be set to either 1.2 ps or 4 ps by temporally stacking four beams of the LFEX laser, for which the slope temperature of the high-energy electron distribution was 0.7 MeV and 1.4 MeV, respectively. The slope temperature increment cannot be explained without considering pulse duration effects on fast electron generation.

  5. Accelerated ions from pulsed-power-driven fast plasma flow in perpendicular magnetic field

    Takezaki, Taichi; Takahashi, Kazumasa; Sasaki, Toru; Kikuchi, Takashi; Harada, Nob.

    2016-06-01

    To understand the interaction between fast plasma flow and perpendicular magnetic field, we have investigated the behavior of a one-dimensional fast plasma flow in a perpendicular magnetic field by a laboratory-scale experiment using a pulsed-power discharge. The velocity of the plasma flow generated by a tapered cone plasma focus device is about 30 km/s, and the magnetic Reynolds number is estimated to be 8.8. After flow through the perpendicular magnetic field, the accelerated ions are measured by an ion collector. To clarify the behavior of the accelerated ions and the electromagnetic fields, numerical simulations based on an electromagnetic hybrid particle-in-cell method have been carried out. The results show that the behavior of the accelerated ions corresponds qualitatively to the experimental results. Faster ions in the plasma flow are accelerated by the induced electromagnetic fields modulated with the plasma flow.

  6. Investigation of linear accelerator pulse delivery using fast organic scintillator measurements

    Beierholm, A.R., E-mail: anders.beierholm@risoe.d [Radiation Research Department, Riso National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Andersen, C.E.; Lindvold, L.R. [Radiation Research Department, Riso National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Aznar, M.C. [Department of Radiation Oncology, Copenhagen University Hospital, DK-2100 Copenhagen (Denmark)

    2010-03-15

    Fiber-coupled organic plastic scintillators present an attractive method for time-resolved dose measurements during radiotherapy. Most organic scintillators exhibit a fast response, making it possible to use them to measure individual high-energy X-ray pulses from a medical linear accelerator. This can be used in complex treatment procedures such as gated intensity-modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), where the advantage of dose rate measurements of high temporal resolution is highly emphasized. We report on development of a fast data acquisition scintillator-based system as well as measurements performed on Varian medical linear accelerators, delivering 6 MV X-ray beams. The dose delivery per radiation pulse was found to agree with expectations within roughly 1%, although minor discrepancies and transients were evident in the measurements.

  7. Electric drive for accelerator target with a timer for a fast pulsed reactor

    The invention refers to electric drives with digital control. The electric drive provides for cophased rotation of the target-containing particle reflector and the frequency of the accelerator functioning, the syncronization being provided by the current mains. At the same time the reflector may rotate with any given velocity in the necessary range, this being required also for the work of pulse fast neutron reactor. The drive involves a driving syncronic engine, an electromagnetic clutch, a pulse velocity indicator and a digital regulator with a velocity measuring block, a counter and a memory block

  8. Ultra-fast electron diffraction using electrons accelerated by intense femtosecond laser pulses

    We have demonstrated to use electron pulses accelerated by intense femtosecond laser pulses and self-compressed for ultrafast electron diffraction (UED). The electron pulses are generated by irradiating tightly focused terawatt femtosecond laser pulses on a polyethylene foil target, then, the pulses are compressed by using an achromatic bending magnet system. These femtosecond electron pulses have an intensity to demonstrate a single-shot diffraction pattern. (author)

  9. Compact pulsed accelerator

    The formation of fast pulses from a current charged transmission line and opening switch is described. By employing a plasma focus as an opening switch and diode in the prototype device, a proton beam of peak energy 250 keV is produced. The time integrated energy spectrum of the beam is constructed from a Thomson spectrograph. Applications of this device as an inexpensive and portable charged particle accelerator are discussed. 7 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab

  10. Contribution to the Study of Fast Neutron Non-Multiplying Assemblies by the Pulsed Neutron Technique

    Pulsed neutrons experiments have been performed on non-multiplying and poorly moderating materials (Fe, Cu, C). The energy of the source neutrons was chosen to be 1400, 1100, 890 and 670 keV. The time variations of the leakage flux have been measured for different locations of the detector. The former was shown to be strongly dependent on the latter. A systematic study of these experiments has been done by the Monte Carlo method using a semi-continuous energy model. The results given by this method are in good agreement with the experimental results and, moreover, the Monte Carlo method is a very useful tool to study the energetic degradation of the primary neutrons. The propagation of the incident neutrons in such assemblies has also been studied by the time-dependent P1 approximation. This method gives analytical results which are also in good agreement with the experimental results. (author)

  11. Petawatt pulsed-power accelerator

    Stygar, William A. (Albuquerque, NM); Cuneo, Michael E. (Albuquerque, NM); Headley, Daniel I. (Albuquerque, NM); Ives, Harry C. (Albuquerque, NM); Ives, legal representative; Berry Cottrell (Albuquerque, NM); Leeper, Ramon J. (Albuquerque, NM); Mazarakis, Michael G. (Albuquerque, NM); Olson, Craig L. (Albuquerque, NM); Porter, John L. (Sandia Park, NM); Wagoner; Tim C. (Albuquerque, NM)

    2010-03-16

    A petawatt pulsed-power accelerator can be driven by various types of electrical-pulse generators, including conventional Marx generators and linear-transformer drivers. The pulsed-power accelerator can be configured to drive an electrical load from one- or two-sides. Various types of loads can be driven; for example, the accelerator can be used to drive a high-current z-pinch load. When driven by slow-pulse generators (e.g., conventional Marx generators), the accelerator comprises an oil section comprising at least one pulse-generator level having a plurality of pulse generators; a water section comprising a pulse-forming circuit for each pulse generator and a level of monolithic triplate radial-transmission-line impedance transformers, that have variable impedance profiles, for each pulse-generator level; and a vacuum section comprising triplate magnetically insulated transmission lines that feed an electrical load. When driven by LTD generators or other fast-pulse generators, the need for the pulse-forming circuits in the water section can be eliminated.

  12. Intense pulsed neutron source (IPNS-I) accelerator 500 MeV fast kickers

    Two ferrite loaded picture frame magnets with a kick of up to 15 mrad each are used to extract 500 MeV protons from the IPNS-I accelerator to the neutron source target at the Argonne National Laboratory. The magnet aperture is 10 cm wide by 5 cm high and the length is 60 cm. The single bunch extraction requires a magnetic field rise time (0 to 100%) of 90 ns and a flattop of 100 ns. The magnets receive the 3600 A maximum current via an array of 50 Ω coaxial cables connected in a shunt arrangement. The two legs of each magnet are energized with separate lines to keep the potential to ground to less than 40 kV. The system is designed to run at 30 pulses per second repetition rate. The complete system of control electronics, power supply, deuterium thyratron switch, magnet and resistive load will be described along with some of the problems of stray inductances and the techniques used to reduce them

  13. Electric drive for an accelerator target with a timer for a pulsed fast reactor

    The invention is presented relating to electric drives with numerical control devices. An electric drive is described, comprising a synchronous drive motor, an electromagnetic clutch, a pulse speed transducer, and a numerical control device with a speed measuring unit, a counter, and a storage unit. The electric drive ensures cophasal rotation of a particle reflector with an attached target at the operating frequency of the accelarator, which is synchronized from the mains with a possibility of maintaining the reflector rotation at any preset invariable speed within a desired range

  14. Monte Carlo Modeling of Fast Sub-critical Assembly with MOX Fuel for Research of Accelerator-Driven Systems

    Polanski, A.; Barashenkov, V.; Puzynin, I.; Rakhno, I.; Sissakian, A.

    It is considered a sub-critical assembly driven with existing 660 MeV JINR proton accelerator. The assembly consists of a central cylindrical lead target surrounded with a mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel (PuO2 + UO2) and with reflector made of beryllium. Dependence of the energetic gain on the proton energy, the neutron multiplication coefficient, and the neutron energetic spectra have been calculated. It is shown that for subcritical assembly with a mixed-oxide (MOX) BN-600 fuel (28%PuO 2 + 72%UO2) with effective density of fuel material equal to 9 g/cm 3 , the multiplication coefficient keff is equal to 0.945, the energetic gain is equal to 27, and the neutron flux density is 1012 cm˜2 s˜x for the protons with energy of 660 MeV and accelerator beam current of 1 uA.

  15. Pulsed DC accelerator for laser wakefield accelerator

    For the acceleration of ultra-short, high-brightness electron bunches, a pulsed DC accelerator was constructed. The pulser produced megavolt pulses of 1 ns duration in a vacuum diode. Results are presented from field emission of electrons in the diode. The results indicate that the accelerating gradient in the diode is approximately 1.5 GV/m

  16. Pulsed Superconductivity Acceleration

    Liepe, M

    2000-01-01

    The design of the proposed linear collider TESLA is based on 9-cell 1.3 GHz superconducting niobium cavities, operated in pulsed mode. Within the framework of an international collaboration the TESLA Test Facility (TTF) has been set up at DESY, providing the infrastructure for cavity R&D towards higher gradients. More than 60 nine-cell cavities were tested, accelerating gradients as high as 30 MV/m were measured. In the second production of TTF-cavities the average gradient was measured to be 24.7 MV/m. Two modules, each containing eight resonators, are presently used in the TTF-linac. These cavities are operated in pulsed mode: 0.8 ms constant gradient with up to 10 Hz repetitions rate. We will focus on two aspects: Firstly, the cavity fabrication and treatment is discussed, allowing to reach high gradients. Latest results of single cell cavities will be shown, going beyond 40 MV/m. Secondly, the pulsed mode operation of superconducting cavities is reviewed. This includes Lorentz force detuning, mechanic...

  17. Sequentially pulsed traveling wave accelerator

    Caporaso, George J.; Nelson, Scott D.; Poole, Brian R.

    2009-08-18

    A sequentially pulsed traveling wave compact accelerator having two or more pulse forming lines each with a switch for producing a short acceleration pulse along a short length of a beam tube, and a trigger mechanism for sequentially triggering the switches so that a traveling axial electric field is produced along the beam tube in synchronism with an axially traversing pulsed beam of charged particles to serially impart energy to the particle beam.

  18. Assembly delay line pulse generators

    1971-01-01

    Assembly of six of the ten delay line pulse generators that will power the ten kicker magnet modules. One modulator part contains two pulse generators. Capacitors, inductances, and voltage dividers are in the oil tank on the left. Triggered high-pressure spark gap switches are on the platforms on the right. High voltage pulse cables to the kicker magnet emerge under the spark gaps. In the centre background are the assembled master gaps.

  19. Load assembly design of the FAST machine

    The preliminary design of the FAST (Fusion Advanced Studies Torus) Load Assembly is presented. FAST is a compact and cost effective machine operating with plasma current Ip from 3 MA, in the long pulse advanced scenario, up to 7.5 MA, in standard H-Mode. FAST, has a pulsed, resistive copper magnets which are at cryogenic temperatures and adiabatically heated during the plasma pulse. The cooling is guaranteed by Helium gas allowing the extension of the flat-top to about 3 min. The magnet dimensions has been determined by the cooling requirements. TF magnet ripple has limitated with optimized ferromagnetic inserts. The Vacuum Vessel is adequate to accommodate the whole heating system as well as to withstand the electromagnetic loads produced by plasma disruption. The first wall and the divertor are actively cooled by pressurized water. Liquid Lithium as divertor target will be tested. (author)

  20. Accelerator driven assembly

    Balderas, J.; Cappiello, M.; Cummings, C.E.; Davidson, R. [and others

    1997-01-01

    This report addresses a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) proposal to build a pulsed neutron source for simulating nuclear-weapons effects. A point design for the pulsed neutron facility was initiated early in FY94 after hosting a Defense Nuclear Agency (DNA) panel review and after subsequently visiting several potential clients and users. The technical and facility designs contained herein fulfill the Statement of Work (SOW) agreed upon by LANL and DNA. However, our point designs and parametric studies identify a unique, cost-effective, above-ground capability for neutron nuclear-weapons-effects studies at threat levels. This capability builds on existing capital installations and infrastructure at LANL. We believe that it is appropriate for us, together with the DNA, to return to the user community and ask for their comments and critiques. We also realize that the requirements of last year have changed significantly. Therefore, the present report is a `working document` that may be revised where feasible as we learn more about the most recent Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Energy (DOE) needs.

  1. A nanosecond pulsed accelerator facility

    The operation and performance of a 3-MeV pulsed electrostatic generator producing 1-ns (10-9 s) pulses is described. The system employs terminal pulsing and post-acceleration time-compression to achieve short pulses and high average current. The specifications for this system were based on the following considerations. A 10-μA average beam current represents a reasonable limit based on the ability of a target to dissipate beam power, the 1-ns pulse-length was consistent with other factors such as detector response, energy homogeneity, etc. which determine over-all time resolution, and a repetition rate of 1 MHz/s gives a duty factor consistent with the current capabilities of existing accelerator ion sources. The system consists of a terminal pulsing component which produces pulses of 10 ns in duration by sweeping a beam over an aperture located at the entrance to an accelerator tube. An average output of a current of 10 μA requires a source capable of producing 1 mA of atomic ions. After acceleration this pulse is compressed to 1 ns by the scheme suggested by Mobley. This involves sweeping the beam with proper synchronization across the aperture of a 90o doubly-focusing deflection magnet so that the early portion of the pulse travels through a longer trajectory thani the later portions, thus achieving time compression when the beam is brought to a focus on a suitable target. The radius of beam curvature in the compression magnet is 30 in and the over-all beam divergence at the target is 5o. The choice of these parameters and the effect of the deflection scheme in the beam-energy homogeneity will be discussed. Using existing nanosecond detector techniques, this system has produced over-all system resolutions of 1 ns full-width at half-maximum for both gamma rays and neutrons. It is not yet known what component or components of the system determine the limits on the time resolution of the system. As a facility for investigating neutron inelastic scattering and

  2. Method for integrating a train of fast, nanosecond wide pulses

    This paper describes a method used to integrate a train of fast, nanosecond wide pulses. The pulses come from current transformers in a RF LINAC beamline. Because they are ac signals and have no dc component, true mathematical integration would yield zero over the pulse train period or an equally erroneous value because of a dc baseline shift. The circuit used to integrate the pulse train first stretches the pulses to 35 ns FWHM. The signals are then fed into a high-speed, precision rectifier which restores a true dc baseline for the following stage - a fast, gated integrator. The rectifier is linear over 55dB in excess of 25 MHz, and the gated integrator is linear over a 60 dB range with input pulse widths as short as 16 ns. The assembled system is linear over 30 dB with a 6 MHz input signal

  3. Ion Acceleration by Short Chirped Laser Pulses

    Li, Jian-Xing; Keitel, Christoph H; Harman, Zoltán

    2015-01-01

    Direct laser acceleration of ions by short frequency-chirped laser pulses is investigated theoretically. We demonstrate that intense beams of ions with a kinetic energy broadening of about 1 % can be generated. The chirping of the laser pulse allows the particles to gain kinetic energies of hundreds of MeVs, which is required for hadron cancer therapy, from pulses of energies of the order of 100 J. It is shown that few-cycle chirped pulses can accelerate ions more efficiently than long ones, i.e. higher ion kinetic energies are reached with the same amount of total electromagnetic pulse energy.

  4. Load Assembly Design of the FAST Machine

    The FAST [1][2] (Fusion Advanced Studies Torus) load assembly, which includes the Vacuum Vessel (VV) and its internal components, the magnet system and the poloidal field coils, is presented in this paper. FAST operates at a wide range [3][4] of parameters from high performance H-Mode (BT up to 8.5 T; IP up to 8 MA) as well as Advance Tokamak operation (IP=3 MA), and full non inductive current scenario (IP=2 MA). Helium gas at 30K is used for cooling the resistive copper magnets. That allows for a pulse duration up to 170 s (∼ 40 times τres) at 3MA/ 3.5T. To limit the TF magnet ripple ferromagnetic within acceptable values insert have been introduced inside the outboard area of the VV. The VV, segmented by 20 degree modules, is capable to accommodate 40 MW RF power systems. The machine has been designed to house10 MW Negative Neutral Beam injection (NNBI) systems. Tungsten (W) and Liquid Lithium (L-Li) have been chosen as the divertor plates material, and Argon and Neon as the injected impurities to mitigate the thermal loads

  5. Fast Neutron Resonance Radiography in a Pulsed Neutron Beam

    Dangendorf, V.; Laczko, G; Kersten, C.; Jagutzki, O.; Spillmann, U

    2003-01-01

    The feasibility of performing fast neutron resonance radiography at the PTB accelerator facility is studied. A neutron beam of a broad spectral distribution is produced by a pulsed 13 MeV deuterium beam hitting a thick Be target. The potential of 3 different neutron imaging detectors with time-of flight capability are investigated. The applied methods comprise wire chambers with hydrogenous converter layers and a fast plastic scintillator with different optical readout schemes. We present the...

  6. Pulse propagation in the laser wakefield accelerator

    A high-density regime of the laser wakefield accelerator is reviewed in which enhanced acceleration is achieved via resonant self-modulation of the laser pulse. This requires laser power in excess of the critical power for optical guiding and a plasma wavelength short compared to the laser pulse-length. The evolution of the laser pulse is described, including a discussion of self-modulation and laser-hose instabilities. Examples of self-modulated laser wakefield accelerators are presented. copyright 1996 American Institute of Physics

  7. Design of a Compact Pulsed Power Accelerator

    2011-01-01

    A 100 kA/60 ns compact pulsed power accelerator was designed to study the influence to the X-pinch by the load. It is composed of a Marx generator, a combined pulse forming (PFL), a gas-filled V/N field distortion switch, a transfer line,

  8. Nanosecond pulse generators for induction linear accelerators

    The paper reviews five different circuits of nanosecond pulse generators for induction linear accelerators. Hydrogen thyratrons which feature a good stability of parameters in time are used as switches. Short voltage pulses (1 - 5 ns) are shaped using nonlinear ferromagnetic lines.The voltage amplitude range on inductor excitation turns is 20-50 kV. 6 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab

  9. Laser pulse shaping for high gradient accelerators

    Villa, F.; Anania, M. P.; Bellaveglia, M.; Bisesto, F.; Chiadroni, E.; Cianchi, A.; Curcio, A.; Galletti, M.; Di Giovenale, D.; Di Pirro, G.; Ferrario, M.; Gatti, G.; Moreno, M.; Petrarca, M.; Pompili, R.; Vaccarezza, C.

    2016-09-01

    In many high gradient accelerator schemes, i.e. with plasma or dielectric wakefield induced by particles, many electron pulses are required to drive the acceleration of one of them. Those electron bunches, that generally should have very short duration and low emittance, can be generated in photoinjectors driven by a train of laser pulses coming inside the same RF bucket. We present the system used to shape and characterize the laser pulses used in multibunch operations at Sparc_lab. Our system gives us control over the main parameter useful to produce a train of up to five high brightness bunches with tailored intensity and time distribution.

  10. Pulse Power Supply for Plasma Dynamic Accelerator

    YANG Xuanzong; LIU Jian; FENG Chunhua; WANG Long

    2008-01-01

    A new concept of a coaxial plasma dynamic accelerator with a self-energized mag-netic compressor coil to simulate the effects of space debris impact is demonstrated. A brief description is presented about the pulse power supply system including the charging circuit, start switch and current transfer system along with some of the key techniques for this kind of acceler-ator. Using this accelerator configuration, ceramic beads of 100 μm in diameter were accelerated to a speed as high as 18 km/sec. The facility can be used in a laboratory setting to study impact phenomena on solar array materials, potential structural materials for use in space.

  11. Accelerated Leadership Development: Fast Tracking School Leaders

    Earley, Peter; Jones, Jeff

    2010-01-01

    "Accelerated Leadership Development" captures and communicates the lessons learned from successful fast-track leadership programmes in the private and public sector, and provides a model which schools can follow and customize as they plan their own leadership development strategies. As large numbers of headteachers and other senior staff retire,…

  12. First measurements of the kinetic response of the muse-4 fast Ads mock-up to fast neutron pulse

    The MUSE-4 experiment has started its first commissioning measurements at the beginning of the year 2001 at CEA/Cadarache (France). This international experiment co-ordinated by CEA, included in the 5FWP of the European Union and GEDEON, is intended to study the physics of fast sub-critical assemblies coupled with a pulsed external source. To achieve this objective, the GENEPI accelerator, a (d,d) or (d,t) neutron source developed at CRNS/IN2P3/ISN (Grenoble), has been coupled with the MASURCA reactor, a uranium-plutonium MOX-based fast reactor, with solid sodium simulating a liquid metal coolant and a lead buffer to simulate a spallation target. The very short neutron pulse (1 μs) provided by GENEPI, together with the possibility to change the pulse repetition rate up to 5 kHz and the different levels of sub-criticality available will facilitate a study of the reactor kinetic parameters in situations close to most of the proposed accelerator-driven Systems (ADS). The paper presents the first experimental results for dynamic measurements performed in MUSE-4 configurations. Several pulsed neutron source experiments have been carried out using the (d,d) GENEPI neutron source in configurations going from USD 1,33 to USD 12,6. In addition, noise techniques (Rossi and Feynman-alpha) have been applied to stationary states in the same range of sub-criticalities. Reactivity levels obtained by these techniques have been compared with more classic rod drop/source multiplication measurements. The kinetic parameters, β(which ranges between 330 and 360 pcm) and β/Λ (with a value of approximately 6270 s-1), have been determined by Monte Carlo and/or deterministic codes. (author)

  13. Fast Neutron Resonance Radiography in a Pulsed Neutron Beam

    Dangendorf, V; Kersten, C; Jagutzki, O; Spillmann, U

    2003-01-01

    The feasibility of performing fast neutron resonance radiography at the PTB accelerator facility is studied. A neutron beam of a broad spectral distribution is produced by a pulsed 13 MeV deuterium beam hitting a thick Be target. The potential of 3 different neutron imaging detectors with time-of flight capability are investigated. The applied methods comprise wire chambers with hydrogenous converter layers and a fast plastic scintillator with different optical readout schemes. We present the neutron facility, the imaging methods employed and results obtained. in beam experiments where samples of carbon rods with various length and diameter were imaged to study resolution and sensitivity of the method.

  14. Important concepts in the assembly and early characterization of the PBFA II accelerator

    Planning and efficient execution of the assembly and early characterization phases of a large, multi-module superpower generator like PBFA II require development of concepts frequently not found in either the pulsed power RandD community or in the pulsed power industry. To meet the constraints of performance, cost, and schedule of the PBFA II Project, special skills for assembly and characterization of large facilities are being established. These likely will become the technology for activating Sandia's future large accelerators. Some of the concepts for orchestrating large numbers of events associated with accelerator assembly and characterization include: structuring of activity into smaller workable and trackable packages, with associated subelements assigned to each section of the accelerator, and establishing detailed assembly and characterization documentation to assist in component testing and subsystem integration. The application of these and other concepts to FBFA II, and the progress of accelerator assembly are discussed

  15. YALINA-booster subcritical assembly pulsed-neutron experiments : data processing and spatial corrections.

    Cao, Y.; Gohar, Y.; Nuclear Engineering Division

    2010-10-11

    The YALINA-Booster experiments and analyses are part of the collaboration between Argonne National Laboratory of USA and the Joint Institute for Power & Nuclear Research - SOSNY of Belarus for studying the physics of accelerator driven systems for nuclear energy applications using low enriched uranium. The YALINA-Booster subcritical assembly is utilized for studying the kinetics of accelerator driven systems with its highly intensive D-T or D-D pulsed neutron source. In particular, the pulsed neutron methods are used to determine the reactivity of the subcritical system. This report examines the pulsed-neutron experiments performed in the YALINA-Booster facility with different configurations for the subcritical assembly. The 1141 configuration with 90% U-235 fuel and the 1185 configuration with 36% or 21% U-235 fuel are examined. The Sjoestrand area-ratio method is utilized to determine the reactivities of the different configurations. The linear regression method is applied to obtain the prompt neutron decay constants from the pulsed-neutron experimental data. The reactivity values obtained from the experimental data are shown to be dependent on the detector locations inside the subcritical assembly and the types of detector used for the measurements. In this report, Bell's spatial correction factors are calculated based on a Monte Carlo model to remove the detector dependences. The large differences between the reactivity values given by the detectors in the fast neutron zone of the YALINA-Booster are reduced after applying the spatial corrections. In addition, the estimated reactivity values after the spatial corrections are much less spatially dependent.

  16. Analysis of selected fast critical assemblies

    Integral parameters for a series of fast reactor bench-mark assemblies covering a wide range of energy spectra have been calculated with the reference Cadarache Cross Section Library. Multigroup cross sections relative to each assembly were generated using the self-shielding factor approach and were used in a diffusion-cum-perturbation theory code to obtain the parameters. The parameters considered in this study include K-eff, spectral indices (reaction rate ratios), β-effs and central reactivity worths. Results of these calculations indicate that some of the important neutron cross section data need re-evaluation. (author)

  17. Design and development of pulsed electron beam accelerator 'AMBICA - 600'

    Verma, Rishi; Deb, Pankaj; Shukla, Rohit; Sharma, Surender; Shyam, Anurag

    2012-11-01

    Short duration, high power pulses with fast rise time and good flat-top are essentially required for driving pulsed electron beam diodes. To attain this objective, a dual resonant Tesla transformer based pulsed power accelerator 'AMBICA-600' has been developed. In this newly developed system, a coaxial water line is charged through single turn Tesla transformer that operates in the dual resonant mode. For making the accelerator compact, in the high power pulse forming line, water has been used as dielectric medium because of its high dielectric constant, high dielectric strength and high energy density. The coaxial waterline can be pulsed charged up to 600kV, has impedance of ~5Ω and generates pulse width of ~60ns. The integrated system is capable of producing intense electron beam of 300keV, 60kA when connected to impedance matched vacuum diode. In this paper, system hardware details and experimental results of gigawatt electron beam generation have been presented.

  18. The pulsing CPSD method for subcritical assemblies with pulsed sources

    Ballester, D; Ballester, Daniel; Munoz-Cobo, Jose L.

    2005-01-01

    Stochastic neutron transport theory is applied to the derivation of the two-neutron-detectors cross power spectral density for subcritical assemblies when external pulsed sources are used. A general relationship between the two-detector probability generating functions of the kernel and the source is obtained considering the contribution to detectors statistics of both the pulsed source and the intrinsic neutron source. An expansion in alpha-eigenvalues is derived for the final solution, which permits to take into account the effect of higher harmonics in subcritical systems. Further, expressions corresponding to the fundamental mode approximation are compared with recent results from experiments performed under the MUSE-4 European research project.

  19. Fast Reactor Physics Parameters from a Pulsed Source

    One of the more important integral parameters in fast reactor physics analysis is the neutron spectrum of a particular composition reactor core. Various methods, such as proton recoil counters and nuclear emulsion analysis, have been used to study fast reactor spectra. With the development of high intensity short-duration pulsed neutron sources, the time-of-flight technique has become suitable for fast reactor spectrum determination. To evaluate the feasibility of measuring fast neutron spectra from a core using time-of-flight techniques, an experiment has been performed to measure the equilibrium spectmm in a large block of depleted uranium using the General Atomics Linac facilities. A ten-metric-ton block of depleted uranium was assembled to form a 81-cm cube. This block of uranium was pulsed by electron bombardment of a uranium target imbedded in the block. The spectra from various sections of the block were measured using time-of-flight techniques for a 50-m flight path. Spectral indices, such as the ratio of the fission rates of U238/U235, U233/U235, U234/U235, Np237/U235, Pu239/U235 were also measured. In addition, measurements of the U238 capture rates were obtained in various parts of the block. This paper describes the techniques used to obtain these reactor physics parameters. The experimental results such as the spectra and spectral indices are also compared with those obtained from theoretical considerations using multigroup transport theory analysis. The pulsed neutron technique is also applicable for the measurement of such parameters as: β/ℓ, where β is the effective delayed neutron fraction and ℓ is the lifetime; neutron importance; and keff. This paper concludes with a discussion on the proposed application of a pulsed neutron source for the measurement of some of these parameters on fast reactor cores constructed on ZPR-VI, the Argonne Fast Critical Facility. (author)

  20. Heavy ion acceleration using femtosecond laser pulses

    Petrov, G M; Thomas, A G R; Krushelnick, K; Beg, F N

    2015-01-01

    Theoretical study of heavy ion acceleration from ultrathin (<200 nm) gold foils irradiated by a short pulse laser is presented. Using two dimensional particle-in-cell simulations the time history of the laser bullet is examined in order to get insight into the laser energy deposition and ion acceleration process. For laser pulses with intensity , duration 32 fs, focal spot size 5 mkm and energy 27 Joules the calculated reflection, transmission and coupling coefficients from a 20 nm foil are 80 %, 5 % and 15 %, respectively. The conversion efficiency into gold ions is 8 %. Two highly collimated counter-propagating ion beams have been identified. The forward accelerated gold ions have average and maximum charge-to-mass ratio of 0.25 and 0.3, respectively, maximum normalized energy 25 MeV/nucleon and flux . Analytical model was used to determine a range of foil thicknesses suitable for acceleration of gold ions in the Radiation Pressure Acceleration regime and the onset of the Target Normal Sheath Acceleratio...

  1. Pulse detonation assembly and hybrid engine

    Rasheed, Adam (Inventor); Dean, Anthony John (Inventor); Vandervort, Christian Lee (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    A pulse detonation (PD) assembly includes a number of PD chambers adapted to expel respective detonation product streams and a number of barriers disposed between respective pairs of PD chambers. The barriers define, at least in part, a number of sectors that contain at least one PD chamber. A hybrid engine includes a number of PD chambers and barriers. The hybrid engine further includes a turbine assembly having at least one turbine stage, being in flow communication with the PD chambers and being configured to be at least partially driven by the detonation product streams. A segmented hybrid engine includes a number of PD chambers and segments configured to receive and direct the detonation product streams from respective PD chambers. The segmented hybrid engine further includes a turbine assembly configured to be at least partially driven by the detonation product streams.

  2. Rectangular Pulsed Laser-Electromagnetic Hybrid Accelerator

    Experimental investigation of impulse-bit and propellant consumption rate, or mass shot, per single pulse discharge was conducted to characterize the thrust performance of the rectangular laser-electromagnetic hybrid acceleration thruster with various propellant materials. From the result, alumina propellant showed significantly superior performance. The largest values of the measured impulse-bit, specific impulse and thrust efficiency were 49 μNsec, 6,200 sec and 22%, respectively.

  3. PULSED-FOCUSING RECIRCULATING LINACS FOR MUON ACCELERATION

    Johnson, Rolland PAUL

    2014-12-31

    Since the muon has a short lifetime, fast acceleration is essential for high-energy applications such as muon colliders, Higgs factories, or neutrino factories. The best one can do is to make a linear accelerator with the highest possible accelerating gradient to make the accelerating time as short as possible. However, the cost of such a single linear accelerator is prohibitively large due to expensive power sources, cavities, tunnels, and related infrastructure. As was demonstrated in the Thomas Jefferson Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF), an elegant solution to reduce cost is to use magnetic return arcs to recirculate the beam through the accelerating RF cavities many times, where they gain energy on each pass. In such a Recirculating Linear Accelerator (RLA), the magnetic focusing strength diminishes as the beam energy increases in a conventional linac that has constant strength quadrupoles. After some number of passes the focusing strength is insufficient to keep the beam from going unstable and being lost. In this project, the use of fast pulsed quadrupoles in the linac sections was considered for stronger focusing as a function of time to allow more successive passes of a muon beam in a recirculating linear accelerator. In one simulation, it was shown that the number of passes could be increased from 8 to 12 using pulsed magnet designs that have been developed and tested. This could reduce the cost of linac sections of a muon RLA by 8/12, where more improvement is still possible. The expense of a greater number of passes and corresponding number of return arcs was also addressed in this project by exploring the use of ramped or FFAG-style magnets in the return arcs. A better solution, invented in this project, is to use combined-function dipole-quadrupole magnets to simultaneously transport two beams of different energies through one magnet string to reduce costs of return arcs by almost a factor of

  4. Pulsed power accelerator for material physics experiments

    Reisman, D. B.; Stoltzfus, B. S.; Stygar, W. A.; Austin, K. N.; Waisman, E. M.; Hickman, R. J.; Davis, J.-P.; Haill, T. A.; Knudson, M. D.; Seagle, C. T.; Brown, J. L.; Goerz, D. A.; Spielman, R. B.; Goldlust, J. A.; Cravey, W. R.

    2015-09-01

    We have developed the design of Thor: a pulsed power accelerator that delivers a precisely shaped current pulse with a peak value as high as 7 MA to a strip-line load. The peak magnetic pressure achieved within a 1-cm-wide load is as high as 100 GPa. Thor is powered by as many as 288 decoupled and transit-time isolated bricks. Each brick consists of a single switch and two capacitors connected electrically in series. The bricks can be individually triggered to achieve a high degree of current pulse tailoring. Because the accelerator is impedance matched throughout, capacitor energy is delivered to the strip-line load with an efficiency as high as 50%. We used an iterative finite element method (FEM), circuit, and magnetohydrodynamic simulations to develop an optimized accelerator design. When powered by 96 bricks, Thor delivers as much as 4.1 MA to a load, and achieves peak magnetic pressures as high as 65 GPa. When powered by 288 bricks, Thor delivers as much as 6.9 MA to a load, and achieves magnetic pressures as high as 170 GPa. We have developed an algebraic calculational procedure that uses the single brick basis function to determine the brick-triggering sequence necessary to generate a highly tailored current pulse time history for shockless loading of samples. Thor will drive a wide variety of magnetically driven shockless ramp compression, shockless flyer plate, shock-ramp, equation of state, material strength, phase transition, and other advanced material physics experiments.

  5. A fast pulse memory using a delay line

    Severe limitations are set for the counting rates of detecting and analysing equipment if incident particles arrive in short bursts. A fast memory which may, during one burst, store information which can be processed in the off-period of the accelerator would facilitate many experiments. Such a fast-memory has been designed and is operating. It will store pulses from Nal-scintillation counters during 420 μs in a delay line of 60 μs length in a re-entrant fashion. Up to 20 pulses can be accepted from one burst. The arrival of the machine burst opens the entrance to the memory during a time-interval variable from 20 to 60 μs. The analysing equipment is sampling the memory content continuously. Pulses which enter the analysing equipment are destroyed in the memory. The memory is cleaned of remaining pulses 420 μs after the beginning of the burst and is ready to accept new information. The gain of the ring-storage system is 1 ± 0.0005 during 8 h or more. (author)

  6. Overview of LANL short-pulse ion acceleration activities

    Flippo, Kirk A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Schmitt, Mark J. [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Offermann, Dustin [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Cobble, James A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Gautier, Donald [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Kline, John [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Workman, Jonathan [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Archuleta, Fred [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Gonzales, Raymond [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Hurry, Thomas [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Johnson, Randall [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Letzring, Samuel [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Montgomery, David [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Reid, Sha-Marie [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Shimada, Tsutomu [Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Gaillard, Sandrine A. [Univ. of Nevada, Reno, NV (United States); Sentoku, Yasuhiko [Univ. of Nevada, Reno, NV (United States); Bussman, Michael [Forschungszentrum Dresden (Germany); Kluge, Thomas [Forschungszentrum Dresden (Germany); Cowan, Thomas E. [Forschungszentrum Dresden (Germany); Rassuchine, Jenny M. [Forschungszentrum Dresden - Rossendorf (Germany); Lowenstern, Mario E. [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Mucino, J. Eduardo [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Gall, Brady [Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, MO (United States); Korgan, Grant [Nanolabz, Reno, NV (United States); Malekos, Steven [Nanolabz, Reno, NV (United States); Adams, Jesse [Nanolabz, Reno, NV (United States); Bartal, Teresa [Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States); Chawla, Surgreev [Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States); Higginson, Drew [Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States); Beg, Farhat [Univ. of California, San Diego, CA (United States); Nilson, Phil [Lab. for Laser Energetics, Rochester, NY (United States); Mac Phee, Andrew [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Le Pape, Sebastien [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Hey, Daniel [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Mac Kinnon, Andy [Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA (United States); Geissel, Mattias [Sandia National Lab. (SNL), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Schollmeier, Marius [Sandia National Lab. (SNL), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Stephens, Rich [General Atomics, San Diego, CA (United States)

    2009-12-02

    An overview of Los Alamos National Laboratory's activities related to short-pulse ion acceleration is presented. LANL is involved is several projects related to Inertial Confinement Fusion (Fast Ignition) and Laser-Ion Acceleration. LANL has an active high energy X-ray backlighter program for radiographing ICF implosions and other High Energy Density Laboratory Physics experiments. Using the Trident 200TW laser we are currently developing high energy photon (>10 keV) phase contrast imaging techniques to be applied on Omega and the NIF. In addition we are engaged in multiple programs in laser ion acceleration to boost the ion energies and efficiencies for various potential applications including Fast Ignition, active material interrogation, and medical applications. Two basic avenues to increase ion performance are currently under study: one involves ultra-thin targets and the other involves changing the target geometry. We have recently had success in boosting proton energies above 65 MeV into the medical application range. Highlights covered in the presentation include: The Trident Laser System; X-ray Phase Contrast Imaging for ICF and HEDLP; Improving TNSA Ion Acceleration; Scaling Laws; Flat Targets; Thin Targets; Cone Targets; Ion Focusing;Trident; Omega EP; Scaling Comparisons; and, Conclusions.

  7. Controlling electron injection in laser plasma accelerators using multiple pulses

    Use of counter-propagating pulses to control electron injection in laser-plasma accelerators promises to be an important ingredient in the development of stable devices. We discuss the colliding pulse scheme and associated diagnostics.

  8. Double-decker electron beam accelerator and pulse radiolysis

    A new concept of double-decker electron beam accelerator is proposed to study the ultra-fast electron-induced reactions in materials by pulse radiolysis. The double-decker electron beams are generated and accelerated in an S-band linear accelerator with different positions in vertical direction and a time delay. One of them is used as a pump electron source and another is converted to light as a probe light source. The time jitter between the pump electron beam and the probe light is thus reduced. The time resolution of pulse radiolysis is expected to be improved. The double-decker electron beam has been generated successfully by injected two laser beam into the photocathode RF gun, which is generated by splitting an Nd:YLF picosecond laser beam. The double-decker electron beams were accelerated up to 31 MeV by an S-band booster linear accelerator and compressed into femtosecond by a magnetic bunch compressor. The profiles of the double-decker electron beams were measured at the exits of the RF gun, the linac and the bunch compressor. The normalized transverse emittance was obtained to be 3.3 mm-mrad for the upper beam and 6.4 mm-mrad for the lower beam at bunch charge of 2nC. The relative energy spread was obtained to be 0.1-0.2% for both beams. The Cherenkov light generated in a suprasil plate and OTR produced on a mirror from the electron beam were also measured. (author)

  9. Development of bipolar pulse accelerator for high-purity intense pulsed ion beam

    In order to improve the purity of the intense pulsed ion beam, a new type of a pulsed ion beam accelerator named “bipolar pulse accelerator” has been proposed. A double coaxial type bipolar pulse generator was developed as the power supply of the bipolar pulse accelerator. By applying the bipolar pulse with voltage of about ±100 kV and pulse duration of about 70 ns to the drift tube of the bipolar pulse accelerator, the ion beam was successfully accelerated from the grounded anode to the drift tube in the 1st gap by the negative pulse of the bipolar pulse and the pulsed ion beam with current density of 40 A/cm2 and pulse duration of 30 ns was obtained at 50 mm downstream from the anode surface. In addition, part of the ion beam was again accelerated toward the grounded cathode in the 2nd gap by the positive pulse of the bipolar pulse. The pulsed ion beam with the peak ion current density of 2 A/cm2 and the beam pulse duration of 30 ns was obtained at 25 mm downstream from the cathode surface, which suggests the bipolar pulse acceleration. (author)

  10. Accelerator requirements for fast-neutron interrogation of luggage and cargo

    Several different fast-neutron based techniques are being studied for the detection of contraband substances in luggage and cargo containers. The present work discusses the accelerator requirements for fast-neutron transmission spectroscopy (FNTS), pulsed fast-neutron analysis (PFNA), and 14-MeV neutron interrogation. These requirements are based on the results of Monte-Carlo simulations of neutron or gamma detection rates. Accelerator requirements are driven by count-rate considerations, spatial resolution and acceptable uncertainties in elemental compositions. The authors have limited their analyses to luggage inspection with FNTS and to cargo inspection with PFNA or 14-MeV neutron interrogation

  11. Measurement of fast assembly spectra using time-of-flight method

    Measurement of neutron spectra made in fast subcritical assemblies HUG 3 and PHUG 3 (uranium-graphite and plutonium-graphite) utilizing time-of-flight techniques are described. The matrix were excited by the pulsed neutron source from the BCMN Linac beam impinging on a target of natural uranium. Details of the experimental procedure, safety studies, detector calibration and data reduction are given

  12. Generation of nanosecond neutron pulses in vacuum accelerating tubes

    Didenko, A. N.; Shikanov, A. E.; Rashchikov, V. I.; Ryzhkov, V. I.; Shatokhin, V. L.

    2014-06-01

    The generation of neutron pulses with a duration of 1-100 ns using small vacuum accelerating tubes is considered. Two physical models of acceleration of short deuteron bunches in pulse neutron generators are described. The dependences of an instantaneous neutron flux in accelerating tubes on the parameters of pulse neutron generators are obtained using computer simulation. The results of experimental investigation of short-pulse neutron generators based on the accelerating tube with a vacuum-arc deuteron source, connected in the circuit with a discharge peaker, and an accelerating tube with a laser deuteron source, connected according to the Arkad'ev-Marx circuit, are given. In the experiments, the neutron yield per pulse reached 107 for a pulse duration of 10-100 ns. The resultant experimental data are in satisfactory agreement with the results of computer simulation.

  13. Shaping of electron beam picosecond current pulses in waveguide accelerators

    Results are given of experiments on extracting a single bunch in an experimental SHF wavegujde accelerator operating in the stoped energy mode. The accelerator has the following parameters: 8 MeV energy, 1818 MHz frequency of the accelerating field, 10 ns pulse duration of current; 20 A pulsed current, operation in the mode of single massages. An electron beam in the shape of a 10 ns pulse has been injected into the waveguide at the end of a SHF-pulse. The shape of detected picosecond pulses of accelerated electron current is close to triangular one, pulse duration at half-height with correction for rise time of the measuring system is equal to 50 ps, pulse current is about 100 A, electron energy equals 8 MeV

  14. Hydraulic Experiment for Simulative Assemblies of Blanket Assembly and Np Transmutation Assembly of China Experimental Fast Reactor

    CHENG; Dao-xi; QI; Xiao-guang; ZHAI; Wei-ming; YANG; Bing; ZHOU; Ping

    2013-01-01

    The out-of reactor hydraulic experiment of fast reactor assembly is one of the important experiments in the process of the development of the fast reactor assembly.In this experiment,the size of the throttling element in the foot of the assembly is decided which is fit for the flow division in the reactor and the

  15. Pulsed Electromagnetic Acceleration of Plasma: A Review

    Thio, Y. C. Francis; Turchi, Peter J.; Markusic, Thomas E.; Cassibry, Jason T.; Sommer, James; Rodgers, Stephen L. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Much have been learned in the acceleration mechanisms involved in accelerating a plasma electromagnetically in the laboratory over the last 40 years since the early review by Winston Bostik of 1963, but the accumulated understanding is very much scattered throughout the literature. This literature extends back at least to the early sixties and includes Rosenbluth's snowplow model, discussions by Ralph Lovberg, Colgate's boundary-layer model of a current sheet, many papers from the activity at Columbia by Robert Gross and his colleagues, and the relevant, 1-D unsteady descriptions developed from the U. of Maryland theta-pinch studies. Recent progress on the understanding of the pulsed penetration of magnetic fields into collisionless or nearly collisionless plasmas are also be reviewed. Somewhat more recently, we have the two-dimensional, unsteady results in the collisional regime associated with so-called wall-instability in large radius pinch discharges and also in coaxial plasma guns (e.g., Plasma Flow Switch). Among other things, for example, we have the phenomenon of a high- density plasma discharge propagating in a cooaxial gun as an apparently straight sheet (vs paraboloid) because mass re-distribution (on a microsecond timescale) compensates for the 1/r- squared variation of magnetic pressure. We will attempt to collate some of this vast material and bring some coherence tc the development of the subject.

  16. Flexible Assembly Solar Technology (FAST) Final Technical Report

    Toister, Elad [BrightSource Energy Inc., Jerusalem (Israel)

    2014-11-06

    The Flexible Assembly Solar Technology (FAST) project was initiated by BrightSource in an attempt to provide potential solar field EPC contractors with an effective set of tools to perform specific construction tasks. These tasks are mostly associated with heliostat assembly and installation, and require customized non-standard tools. The FAST concept focuses on low equipment cost, reduced setup time and increased assembly throughput as compared to the Ivanpah solar field construction tools.

  17. Accelerating Thick Aluminum Liners Using Pulsed Power

    The authors have investigated the acceleration of very thick cylindrical aluminum liners using the Pegasus II capacitory bank. These accelerated solid liners will be used to impact other objects at velocities below 1.5 km/sec, allowing one to generate and sustain shocks of a few 100 kilobar for a few microseconds. A cylindrical shell of 1100 series aluminum with an initial inner radius of 23.61 mm, an initial thickness of 3.0 mm, and a height of 20 mm, was accelerated using a current pulse of 7.15 MA peak current and a 7.4 microsecond quarter cycle time. The aluminum shell was imploded within confining copper glide planes with decreasing separation with an inward slope of 8 degrees. At impact with a cylindrical target of diameter 3-cm, the liner was moving at 1.4 km/sec and its thickness increased to 4.5 mm. Radial X-ray radiograms of the liner showed both the liner and the glide plane interface. The curvature of the inner surface of the liner was measured before impact with the 15-mm radius target. The radiograms also showed that the copper glide planes distorted as the liner radius decreased and that some axial stress is induced in the liner. The axial stresses did not affect the inner curvature significantly. Post-shot calculations of the liner behavior indicated that the thickness of the glide plane played a significant role in the distortion of the interface between the liner and the glide plane

  18. Some Considerations on the Pulsed Electromagnetic Acceleration of Plasma

    Thio, Y. C. F.; Markusic, T. E.; Cassibry, J. T.; Sommers, J. C.; Turchi, P. J.; Rodgers, Stephen L. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    In applying pulsed electromagnetic acceleration of plasma to space propulsion (known as pulsed plasma thrusters in the community), the mode of acceleration used has been mostly in the collisionless or near-collisionless regime. The preparation of the initial plasma is given scant attention. Collisional regime of accelerating the plasma, however, have been encountered in a variety of plasma accelerating devices. Both of these modes of acceleration are reviewed in a companion paper. In this paper, we discuss the considerations governing the controlled introduction and preparation of the initial plasma, so that the collisional mode of accelerating the plasma may be suitably enhanced.

  19. Characteristics of pulsed heavy ion beam generated in bipolar pulse accelerator

    We have developed a new type of a pulsed ion beam accelerator named 'bipolar pulse accelerator' for improvement of the purity of the intense pulsed ion beam. The system utilizes a magnetically insulated accelerate on gap and was operated with the bipolar pulse. A coaxial gas puff plasma gun was used as an ion source, which was placed inside of the grounded anode. Source plasma (nitrogen) of current density of ≈30 A/cm2 and pulse duration of ≈1.0 μs was injected into the acceleration gap. When the bipolar pulse of -114 kV, 70 ns (1st pulse) and 85 kV, 62 ns (2nd pulse) was applied to the drift tube, the ions were successfully accelerated from the grounded anode to the drift tube in the 1st gap by the negative pulse of the bipolar pulse. The pulsed ion beam with current density of 60 A/cm2 and pulse duration of ≈50 ns was obtained at 48 mm downstream from the anode surface. The energy spectrum of the ion beam was evaluated by a magnetic energy spectrometer. The ion energy was in reasonable good agreement with the acceleration voltage, i.e., 1st pulse (negative pulse) voltage of the bipolar pulse. (author)

  20. Scalable fast multipole accelerated vortex methods

    Hu, Qi

    2014-05-01

    The fast multipole method (FMM) is often used to accelerate the calculation of particle interactions in particle-based methods to simulate incompressible flows. To evaluate the most time-consuming kernels - the Biot-Savart equation and stretching term of the vorticity equation, we mathematically reformulated it so that only two Laplace scalar potentials are used instead of six. This automatically ensuring divergence-free far-field computation. Based on this formulation, we developed a new FMM-based vortex method on heterogeneous architectures, which distributed the work between multicore CPUs and GPUs to best utilize the hardware resources and achieve excellent scalability. The algorithm uses new data structures which can dynamically manage inter-node communication and load balance efficiently, with only a small parallel construction overhead. This algorithm can scale to large-sized clusters showing both strong and weak scalability. Careful error and timing trade-off analysis are also performed for the cutoff functions induced by the vortex particle method. Our implementation can perform one time step of the velocity+stretching calculation for one billion particles on 32 nodes in 55.9 seconds, which yields 49.12 Tflop/s.

  1. Relativistic electron accelerations associated with the interplanetary pressure pulse

    Miyoshi, Yoshizumi; Saito, Shinji; Matsumoto, Yosuke; Hayashi, Masahiro; Amano, Takanobu; Seki, Kanako

    2016-04-01

    The radiation belt electron fluxes are highly variable, and various time scales for the flux enhancements are observed. The rapid flux enhancements of the outer belt electrons have been observed associated with the solar wind pressure pulse. In order to investigate such rapid flux enhancements, we conduct the code-coupling simulations of GEMSIS-RB test particle simulation [Saito et al., 2010] and GEMSIS-GM global MHD simulation [Matsumoto et al., 2010]. The GEMSIS-RB simulation calculates the 3-dimentional guiding-center motion of a number of test particles in the electric/magnetic fields provided from the GEMSIS-GM. After the arrival of the pressure pulse, the outer belt electrons in the dayside moves inward due to the drift resonance with inductive electric fields of the fast mode waves. Some of electrons are strongly accelerated within a few ten minutes and spiral patterns of drifted electrons can be observed. We may discuss the possibility to identify such selected acceleration of relativistic electrons by Van Allen Probes and upcoming ERG satellite.

  2. PROTO-II: a short pulse water insulated accelerator

    A new accelerator, designated Proto-II, is presently under construction at Sandia Laboratories. Proto-II will have a nominal output of 100 kJ into a two-sided diode at a voltage of 1.5 MV and a total current of over 6 MA for 24 ns. This accelerator will be utilized for electron beam fusion experiments and for pulsed power and developmental studies leading to a proposed further factor of five scale-up in power. The design of Proto-II is based upon recent water switching developments and represents a 10-fold extrapolation of those results. Initial testing of Proto-II is scheduled to begin in 1976. Proto-II power flow starts with eight Marx generators which charge 16 water-insulated storage capacitors. Eight triggered, 3 MV, SF6 gas-insulated switches next transfer the energy through oil-water interfaces into the first stage of 16 parallel lines. Next, the 16 first stages transfer their energy into the pulse forming lines and fast switching sections.The energy is then delivered to two converging, back-to-back, disk-shaped transmission line. Two back-to-back diodes then form the electron beams which are focused onto a common anode

  3. Experimental Research of Fast Proton Generation From Ultra-short Intense Laser Pulses Interaction With Different Thickness Al Foils

    LAN; Xiao-fei; LU; Jian-xin; HUANG; Yong-sheng; WANG; Lei-jian; XI; Xiao-feng; TANG; Xiu-zhang

    2012-01-01

    <正>With the development of laser technology, the generation of fast ions by the interaction of ultra-short ultra-intense laser pulses with matters has recently been attracting considerable attention, especially for acceleration of proton. Before performing experiment, we calibrated the CR39 detector using standard proton beams from conventional accelerator. In the field of proton acceleration driven by ultra-short ultra-intense laser pulses,

  4. Minimus: a fast, lightweight genome assembler

    Salzberg Steven L

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Genome assemblers have grown very large and complex in response to the need for algorithms to handle the challenges of large whole-genome sequencing projects. Many of the most common uses of assemblers, however, are best served by a simpler type of assembler that requires fewer software components, uses less memory, and is far easier to install and run. Results We have developed the Minimus assembler to address these issues, and tested it on a range of assembly problems. We show that Minimus performs well on several small assembly tasks, including the assembly of viral genomes, individual genes, and BAC clones. In addition, we evaluate Minimus' performance in assembling bacterial genomes in order to assess its suitability as a component of a larger assembly pipeline. We show that, unlike other software currently used for these tasks, Minimus produces significantly fewer assembly errors, at the cost of generating a more fragmented assembly. Conclusion We find that for small genomes and other small assembly tasks, Minimus is faster and far more flexible than existing tools. Due to its small size and modular design Minimus is perfectly suited to be a component of complex assembly pipelines. Minimus is released as an open-source software project and the code is available as part of the AMOS project at Sourceforge.

  5. Pulsed power for particle beam accelerators in military applications

    Techniques useful for generating and conditioning power for high energy pulsed accelerators with potential weapon applications are described. Pulsed electron accelerators are exemplified by ETA and ATA at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories and RADLAC at Sandia Laboratories Albuquerque. Pulse-power techniques used in other applications are briefly mentioned, including some that may be useful for collective ion accelerators. The limitations of pulse-power and the general directions of desirable development are illustrated. The main needs are to increase repetition rate and to decrease size

  6. Fast magnetic field annihilation driven by two laser pulses in underdense plasma

    Fast magnetic annihilation is investigated by using 2.5-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations of two parallel ultra-short petawatt laser pulses co-propagating in underdense plasma. The magnetic field generated by the laser pulses annihilates in a current sheet formed between the pulses. Magnetic field energy is converted to an inductive longitudinal electric field, which efficiently accelerates the electrons of the current sheet. This new regime of collisionless relativistic magnetic field annihilation with a timescale of tens of femtoseconds can be extended to near-critical and overdense plasma with the ultra-high intensity femtosecond laser pulses

  7. E-field measurement of a pulse line ion accelerator

    WANG Bo; ZENG Rong; NIU Ben; SHEN Xiao-Li; SHEN Xiao-Kang; CAO Shu-Chun; ZHANG Zi-Min

    2013-01-01

    The E-field of pulse line ion accelerator (PLIA) is unique with high frequency (~MHz),large magnitude (~MV/m),and limited measuring space (~cm).The integrated optical E-field sensor (IOES) has remarkable advantages and has been used for PLIA E-field measurement.Firstly,the transfer function of the IOES has been calibrated to ensure measurement accuracy.The time-domain response illustrates that the sensor has a fast dynamic performance to effectively follow a 4 ns rising edge.Then,the E-field distribution along the axis and near the insulator surface of the PLIA was measured,showing that propagation of the E-field is almost lossless and the E-field near the insulation surface is about 1.1 times larger than that along the axis,which is in accordance with the simulation result.

  8. A Fast Time-to-Pulse Height Converter

    A fast time-to-pulse height converter representing a development of Green and Bell's gated beam converter is described. The converter is compatible with 2 input pulses in the stop channel and exhibits excellent linearity and time resolution properties. High stability and large output pulses are obtained by using a large time constant in the converting network

  9. Trapping of Hepatitis B Virus capsid assembly intermediates by phenylpropenamide assembly accelerators

    Katen, Sarah P.; Chirapu, Srinivas Reddy; Finn, M.G.; Zlotnick, Adam

    2010-01-01

    Understanding the biological self-assembly process of virus capsids is key to understanding the viral life cycle, as well as serving as a platform for the design of assembly-based antiviral drugs. Here we identify and characterize the phenylpropenamide family of small molecules, known to have antiviral activity in vivo, as assembly effectors of the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) capsid. We have found two representative phenylpropenamides to be assembly accelerators, increasing the rate of assembly w...

  10. The ''Ehlina-5'' high-current pulse electron accelerator

    Description and test results of the Ehlina-5 high-current pulse electron accelerator for studying primary active short-lived products produced under irradiation are presented. The accelerator consists of two metal tanks and removable control panel. A charging device is located in the lower tank, in the upper - pulse transforme r, X-ray-electron tube and four-stage high-voltage generator. Accelerator dimensions are: 2.3x0.7x0.9; weight - 600 kg; consumed power -0.5 kW; generation frequency - 2 pulse/min. Accelerator parameters are the following: beam total energy - 15J; electron radiation energy -350-400 keV; electron current pulse equals 2 kA at 30 ns duration, the number of electrons in the beam (1-3)x1014 electron/pulse. The cost is approximatly 10.000 rubles

  11. Two-pulse injector experiments with the RIIM electron accelerator

    The RADLAC-II accelerator foilless diode injector was operated under double-pulse conditions utilizing the RIIM accelerator as the test bed [M. G. Mazarakis, D. L. Smith, R. B. Miller, R. S. Clark, D. E. Hasti, D. L. Johnson, J. W. Poukey, K. R. Prestwich, and S. L. Shope, IEEE Trans. Nucl. Sci. NS-32, 3237 (1985)]. The original RIIM accelerator pulsed-power network was modified to provide for the generation, transmission, and delivery to the foilless diode of two distinct multimegavolt pulses with variable interpulse separation from 0 to 2 ms. The foilless diode successfully produced two 10-kA current pulses with interpulse separations up to 1 μs. For larger separations, the generated plasma and an excessive neutral gas release following the first pulse prevented the diode from producing a second current pulse

  12. A cargo inspection system based on pulsed fast neutron analysis (PFNATM)

    A cargo inspection system based on pulsed fast neutron analysis (PFNATM) is to be used at a border crossing to detect explosives and contraband hidden in trucks and cargo containers. Neutrons are produced by the interaction of deuterons in a deuterium target mounted on a moveable scan arm. The collimated pulsed fast neutron beam is used to determine the location and composition of objects in a cargo container. The neutrons produce secondary gamma rays that are characteristic of the object's elemental composition. The cargo inspection system building consists of an accelerator room and an inspection tunnel. The accelerator room is shielded and houses the injector, accelerator and the neutron production gas target. The inspection tunnel is partially shielded. The truck or container to be inspected will be moved through the inspection tunnel by a conveyor system. The facility and radiation source terms considered in the shielding design are described. (authors)

  13. Method for pulse to pulse dose reproducibility applied to electron linear accelerators

    An original method for obtaining programmed beam single shots and pulse trains with programmed pulse number, pulse repetition frequency, pulse duration and pulse dose is presented. It is particularly useful for automatic control of absorbed dose rate level, irradiation process control as well as in pulse radiolysis studies, single pulse dose measurement or for research experiments where pulse-to-pulse dose reproducibility is required. This method is applied to the electron linear accelerators, ALIN-10 of 6.23 MeV and 82 W and ALID-7, of 5.5 MeV and 670 W, built in NILPRP. In order to implement this method, the accelerator triggering system (ATS) consists of two branches: the gun branch and the magnetron branch. ATS, which synchronizes all the system units, delivers trigger pulses at a programmed repetition rate (up to 250 pulses/s) to the gun (80 kV, 10 A and 4 ms) and magnetron (45 kV, 100 A, and 4 ms).The accelerated electron beam existence is determined by the electron gun and magnetron pulses overlapping. The method consists in controlling the overlapping of pulses in order to deliver the beam in the desired sequence. This control is implemented by a discrete pulse position modulation of gun and/or magnetron pulses. The instabilities of the gun and magnetron transient regimes are avoided by operating the accelerator with no accelerated beam for a certain time. At the operator 'beam start' command, the ATS controls electron gun and magnetron pulses overlapping and the linac beam is generated. The pulse-to-pulse absorbed dose variation is thus considerably reduced. Programmed absorbed dose, irradiation time, beam pulse number or other external events may interrupt the coincidence between the gun and magnetron pulses. Slow absorbed dose variation is compensated by the control of the pulse duration and repetition frequency. Two methods are reported in the electron linear accelerators' development for obtaining the pulse to pulse dose reproducibility: the method

  14. A fast rise-rate, adjustable-mass-bit gas puff valve for energetic pulsed plasma experiments

    Loebner, Keith T. K., E-mail: kloebner@stanford.edu; Underwood, Thomas C.; Cappelli, Mark A. [Stanford Plasma Physics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California 94305 (United States)

    2015-06-15

    A fast rise-rate, variable mass-bit gas puff valve based on the diamagnetic repulsion principle was designed, built, and experimentally characterized. The ability to hold the pressure rise-rate nearly constant while varying the total overall mass bit was achieved via a movable mechanical restrictor that is accessible while the valve is assembled and pressurized. The rise-rates and mass-bits were measured via piezoelectric pressure transducers for plenum pressures between 10 and 40 psig and restrictor positions of 0.02-1.33 cm from the bottom of the linear restrictor travel. The mass-bits were found to vary linearly with the restrictor position at a given plenum pressure, while rise-rates varied linearly with plenum pressure but exhibited low variation over the range of possible restrictor positions. The ability to change the operating regime of a pulsed coaxial plasma deflagration accelerator by means of altering the valve parameters is demonstrated.

  15. A 7MeV S-Band 2998MHz Variable Pulse Length Linear Accelerator System

    Hernandez, Michael; Mishin, Andrey V; Saverskiy, Aleksandr J; Skowbo, Dave; Smith, Richard

    2005-01-01

    American Science and Engineering High Energy Systems Division (AS&E HESD) has designed and commissioned a variable pulse length 7 MeV electron accelerator system. The system is capable of delivering a 7 MeV electron beam with a pulse length of 10 nS FWHM and a peak current of 1 ampere. The system can also produce electron pulses with lengths of 20, 50, 100, 200, 400 nS and 3 uS FWHM with corresponding lower peak currents. The accelerator system consists of a gridded electron gun, focusing coil, an electrostatic deflector system, Helmholtz coils, a standing wave side coupled S-band linac, a 2.6 MW peak power magnetron, an RF circulator, a fast toroid, vacuum system and a PLC/PC control system. The system has been operated at repetition rates up to 250pps. The design, simulations and experimental results from the accelerator system are presented in this paper.

  16. Multistage linear electron acceleration using pulsed transmission lines

    A four-stage linear electron accelerator is described which uses pulsed radial transmission lines as the basic accelerating units. An annular electron beam produced by a foilless diode is guided through the accelerator by a strong axial magnetic field. Synchronous firing of the injector and the acccelerating modules is accomplished with self-breaking oil switches. The device has accelerated beam currents of 25 kA to kinetic energies of 9 MV, with 90% current transport efficiency. The average accelerating gradient is 3 MV/m

  17. Stanford Linear Accelerator Center pulsed x-ray facility

    The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) operates a high-energy (up to 33 GeV) linear accelerator delivering pulses up to a few microseconds wide. The pulsed nature of the electron beam creates problems in the detection and measurement of radiation both from the accelerator beam and the klystrons that provide the radio-frequency power for the accelerator. Hence, a pulsed x-ray facility has been built at SLAC mainly for testing the response of different radiation detection instruments to pulsed radiation fields. The x-ray tube consists of an electron gun with a control grid. This provides a stream of pulsed electrons that can be accelerated towards a confined target window. The window consists of Al 0.051 cm (20 mils) thick, plated on the vacuum side with a layer of Au 0.0006 cm (1/4 mil) thick. The frequency of electron pulses can be varied by an internal pulser from 60 to 360 pulses per second with pulse widths of 360 ns to 5 microseconds. The pulse amplitude can be varied over a wide range of currents. An external pulser can be used to obtain other frequencies or special pulse shapes. The voltage across the gun can be varied from 0 to 100 kV. The maximum absorbed dose rate obtained at 6.35 cm below the target window as measured by an ionization chamber is 258 Gy/h. The major part of the x-ray tube is enclosed in a large walk-in cabinet made of 1.9-cm-thick (3/4-inch-thick) plywood and lined with 0.32-cm-thick (1/8-inch-thick) Pb to make a very versatile facility

  18. Fast Heat Pulse Propagation by Turbulence Spreading

    Naulin, Volker; Juul Rasmussen, Jens; Mantica, Paola;

    2009-01-01

    The propagation of a cold pulse initiated by edge cooling in JET is compared to propagation of the heat wave originating from a modulation of the heating source roughly at mid radius. It is found that the propagation of the cold pulse is by far faster than what could be predicted on the basis...... of the heat wave propagation, and within local transport models no sufficient explanation for this behaviour can be found. Recently, modelling of the cold pulse propagation using non-local effects and a transport equation that uses fractional derivatives has been successfully applied to model the effect [1...... to the core have been established [3]. Here we report on recent results in the modelling of cold pulse propagation using turbulence spreading transport models....

  19. Control and accelerating voltage automatic pulse acquisition system for ''LIU-5/5000'' linear accelerators

    A system prowiding continuous control and automatic correction of actuation of accelerating voltage pulse generators of a linear induction accelerator is described. TGI-2500/50 thyratrons are switching elements of the generators. Shaped pulses have a bell form, their duration on the foundation constitues 300 ns. The device operation is based on the determination of a sign of time error between generator and reference pulses. Depending on the error sign performed is correction of the delay value included into the actuation circuit of the corresponding generator. Such operation is accomplished in each working pulse of the accelerator. Data on the delay condition go to the digital panel and digital print-out. Technical characteristics of the system are the following: 56 cynchronization channels, 155 ns control interval, 5 ns control pitch, error of the error determination is not worse than +-2.5 ns. The system permitted to improve accelerated beam stability and to simplify accelerator tuning and control

  20. Generation of laser pulse trains for tests of multi-pulse laser wakefield acceleration

    Shalloo, R. J.; Corner, L.; Arran, C.; Cowley, J.; Cheung, G.; Thornton, C.; Walczak, R.; Hooker, S. M.

    2016-09-01

    In multi-pulse laser wakefield acceleration (MP-LWFA) a plasma wave is driven by a train of low-energy laser pulses separated by the plasma period, an approach which offers a route to driving plasma accelerators with high efficiency and at high pulse repetition rates using emerging technologies such as fibre and thin-disk lasers. Whilst these laser technologies are in development, proof-of-principle tests of MP-LWFA require a pulse train to be generated from a single, high-energy ultrafast pulse. Here we demonstrate the generation of trains of up to 7 pulses with pulse separations in the range 150-170 fs from single 40 fs pulses produced by a Ti:sapphire laser.

  1. Acceleration Mechanism Of Pulsed Laser-Electromagnetic Hybrid Thruster

    A fundamental study of a newly developed rectangular pulsed laser-electromagnetic hybrid thruster was conducted. Laser-ablation plasma in the thruster was induced through laser beam irradiation onto a solid target and accelerated by electrical means instead of direct acceleration only by using a laser beam. The performance of the thrusters was evaluated by measuring the ablated mass per pulse and impulse bit. As results, significantly high specific impulses up to 7,200 s were obtained at charge energies of 8.6 J. Moreover, from the Faraday cup measurement, it was confirmed that the speed of ions was accelerated with addition of electric energy.

  2. Beam dynamics in a long-pulse linear induction accelerator

    Ekdahl, Carl [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Abeyta, Epifanio O [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Aragon, Paul [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Archuleta, Rita [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Cook, Gerald [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dalmas, Dale [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Esquibel, Kevin [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Gallegos, Robert A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Garnett, Robert [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Harrison, James F [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Johnson, Jeffrey B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Jacquez, Edward B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mc Cuistian, Brian T [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Montoya, Nicholas A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Nath, Subrato [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Nielsen, Kurt [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Oro, David [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Prichard, Benjamin [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Rose, Chris R [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sanchez, Manolito [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Schauer, Martin M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Seitz, Gerald [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Schulze, Martin [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bender, Howard A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Broste, William B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Carlson, Carl A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Frayer, Daniel K [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Johnson, Douglas E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Tom, C Y [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Trainham, C [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Williams, John [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Scarpetti, Raymond [LLNL; Genoni, Thomas [VOSS; Hughes, Thomas [VOSS; Toma, Carsten [VOSS

    2010-01-01

    The second axis of the Dual Axis Radiography of Hydrodynamic Testing (DARHT) facility produces up to four radiographs within an interval of 1.6 microseconds. It accomplishes this by slicing four micro-pulses out of a long 1.8-kA, 16.5-MeV electron beam pulse and focusing them onto a bremsstrahlung converter target. The long beam pulse is created by a dispenser cathode diode and accelerated by the unique DARHT Axis-II linear induction accelerator (LIA). Beam motion in the accelerator would be a problem for radiography. High frequency motion, such as from beam breakup instability, would blur the individual spots. Low frequency motion, such as produced by pulsed power variation, would produce spot to spot differences. In this article, we describe these sources of beam motion, and the measures we have taken to minimize it.

  3. Beam dynamics in a long-pulse linear induction accelerator

    The second axis of the Dual Axis Radiography of Hydrodynamic Testing (DARHT) facility produces up to four radiographs within an interval of 1.6 microseconds. It accomplishes this by slicing four micro-pulses out of a long 1.8-kA, 16.5-MeV electron beam pulse and focusing them onto a bremsstrahlung converter target. The long beam pulse is created by a dispenser cathode diode and accelerated by the unique DARHT Axis-II linear induction accelerator (LIA). Beam motion in the accelerator would be a problem for radiography. High frequency motion, such as from beam breakup instability, would blur the individual spots. Low frequency motion, such as produced by pulsed power variation, would produce spot to spot differences. In this article, we describe these sources of beam motion, and the measures we have taken to minimize it.

  4. FAITH - Fast Assembly Inhibitor Test for HIV

    Hadravová, Romana; Rumlová, Michaela; Ruml, T.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 486, Dec (2015), s. 78-87. ISSN 0042-6822 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-15326S; GA MŠk LO1302; GA MŠk(CZ) LO1304 Institutional support: RVO:61388963 Keywords : retrovirus * HIV * assembly * assay * inhibitor Subject RIV: EE - Microbiology, Virology Impact factor: 3.321, year: 2014 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0042682215003864

  5. Linear induction accelerators made from pulse-line cavities with external pulse injection

    Two types of linear induction accelerator have been reported previously. In one, unidirectional voltage pulses are generated outside the accelerator and injected into the accelerator cavity modules, which contain ferromagnetic material to reduce energy losses in the form of currents induced, in parallel with the beam, in the cavity structure. In the other type, the accelerator cavity modules are themselves pulse-forming lines with energy storage and switches; parallel current losses are made zero by the use of circuits that generate bidirectional acceleration waveforms with a zero voltage-time integral. In a third type of design described here, the cavities are externally driven, and 100% efficient coupling of energy to the beam is obtained by designing the external pulse generators to produce bidirectional voltage waveforms with zero voltage-time integral. A design for such a pulse generator is described that is itself one hundred percent efficient and which is well suited to existing pulse power techniques. Two accelerator cavity designs are described that can couple the pulse from such a generator to the beam; one of these designs provides voltage doubling. Comparison is made between the accelerating gradients that can be obtained with this and the preceding types of induction accelerator

  6. Current pulse generator of an induction accelerator electromagnet

    Thyristor generator forming in betatron electromagnet coil sinusoidal and quasisinusoidal current unipolar pulses, the field being deforced at the beginning of acceleration cycle, and with the pulse flat top in the cycle end, is described. The current amplitude is controlled by pulse-phase method. The current pulse time shift permitted to decrease the loss rate in the accumulating capacitor. The generator is used in systems with 1-10 ms pulse duration, electromagnet magnetic field maximal energy - 45-450 J, the voltage amplitude in the coil 960-1500 V and amplitude of the current passing the coil 100-500 A, the repetition frequency being 50-200 Hz. In particular, the generator is used to supply betatrons designed for defectoscopy in nonstationary conditions, the accelerated electron energy being 4, 6, 8 and 15 MeV

  7. Current-pulse generator for electromagnet of induction accelerator

    A thyristor generator is described that produces in the winding of the electromagnet of a betatron unipolar current pulses of sinusoidal and quasisinusoidal shape with deforcing of the field at the beginning of an acceleration cycle and with a plateau on the pulse top at the end of a cycle. The current amplitude is controlled by a pulse-phase method. The generator is used in apparatus with a pulse duration of 1-10 msec, a maximum electromagnet field energy 45-450 J, a winding voltage of 960-1500 V, and a winding current of 100-500 A for a repetition frequency of 50-200 Hz

  8. Electron-yield enhancement in a Laser-Wakefield accelerator driven by asymmetric laser pulses

    Leemans, W P; Esarey, E; Geddes, C G R; Toth, C; Trines, R; Schroeder, C B; Shadwick, B A; Tilborg, J V; Faure, J

    2002-01-01

    The effect of asymmetric laser pulses on electron yield from a laser Wakefield accelerator has been experimentally studied using > 10 sup 1 sup 9 cm sup - sup 3 plasmas and a 10 TW, >45 fs, Ti:Al sub 2 O sub 3 laser. The laser pulse shape was controlled through nonlinear chirp with a grating pair compressor. Pulses (76 fs FWHM) with a steep rise and positive chirp were found to significantly enhance the electron yield compared to pulses with a gentle rise and negative chirp. Theory and simulation show that fast rising pulses can generate larger amplitude wakes that seed the growth of the self-modulation instability, and that frequency chirp is of minimal importance for the experimental parameters.

  9. Collimator assembly for an electron accelerator

    According to this invention, the collimator assembly comprises a collimator shielding block for blocking undesired x-rays and a bushing inserted into the shielding block. The bushing has a conical passage opening for transmitting x-rays therethrough and for defining the x-ray cone. There are provided means for easily interchanging the bushing in the collimator shielding block. Therefore, bushings of different cone-defining passage can be inserted readily into the shielding block. If a larger area is to be irradiated, a bushing will be used which has a passageway of a larger cone angle

  10. Ultra fast imaging of a laser wake field accelerator

    Saevert, Alexander; Schnell, Michael; Nicolai, Maria; Reuter, Maria; Schwab, Matthew B.; Moeller, Max [Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet, Jena (Germany); Mangles, Stuart P.D.; Cole, Jason M.; Poder, Kristjan; Najmudin, Zulfikar [The John Adams Institute Imperial College, London (United Kingdom); Jaeckel, Oliver; Paulus, Gerhard G.; Spielmann, Christian; Kaluza, Malte C. [Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet, Jena (Germany); Helmholtz Institut Jena, Jena (Germany)

    2014-07-01

    Ultra intense laser pulses are known to excite plasma waves with a relativistic phase velocity. By harnessing these waves it is possible to generate quasi-monoenergetic, ultra-short electron pulses with kinetic energies from 0.1 to 2 GeV by guiding the laser pulse over several Rayleigh lengths. To further improve the stability of these particle pulses and ultimately to be able to tailor the energy spectrum toward their suitability for various applications, the physics underlying the different acceleration scenarios need to be understood as completely as possible. To be able to resolve the acceleration process diagnostics well-suited for this plasma environment need to be designed and realized. By using sub-10 fs probe pulses we were able to freeze the transient accelerating structure in the plasma. We will present the first results of an experiment which was carried out with the 30 TW JETi Laser and a few cycle probe pulse at the Institute of Optics and Quantum Electronics Jena. The resulting snapshots show unprecedented details from the laser plasma interaction and allow a direct comparison to computer simulations.

  11. Development of a fast voltage control method for electrostatic accelerators

    The concept of a novel fast voltage control loop for tandem electrostatic accelerators is described. This control loop utilises high-frequency components of the ion beam current intercepted by the image slits to generate a correction voltage that is applied to the first few gaps of the low- and high-energy acceleration tubes adjoining the high voltage terminal. New techniques for the direct measurement of the transfer function of an ultra-high impedance structure, such as an electrostatic accelerator, have been developed. For the first time, the transfer function for the fast feedback loop has been measured directly. Slow voltage variations are stabilised with common corona control loop and the relationship between transfer functions for the slow and new fast control loops required for optimum operation is discussed. The main source of terminal voltage instabilities, which are due to variation of the charging current caused by mechanical oscillations of charging chains, has been analysed

  12. Development of a fast voltage control method for electrostatic accelerators

    Lobanov, Nikolai R.; Linardakis, Peter; Tsifakis, Dimitrios

    2014-12-11

    The concept of a novel fast voltage control loop for tandem electrostatic accelerators is described. This control loop utilises high-frequency components of the ion beam current intercepted by the image slits to generate a correction voltage that is applied to the first few gaps of the low- and high-energy acceleration tubes adjoining the high voltage terminal. New techniques for the direct measurement of the transfer function of an ultra-high impedance structure, such as an electrostatic accelerator, have been developed. For the first time, the transfer function for the fast feedback loop has been measured directly. Slow voltage variations are stabilised with common corona control loop and the relationship between transfer functions for the slow and new fast control loops required for optimum operation is discussed. The main source of terminal voltage instabilities, which are due to variation of the charging current caused by mechanical oscillations of charging chains, has been analysed.

  13. The linear accelerator and pulse compressor of the SNQ-project

    The Spallation Neutron Source is one of Germany's most important scientific projects proposed at present. Its main purpose is to provide short neutron bursts of high intensity which are produced by a pulsed proton beam hitting a target. The proton beam itself will also be used directly for a series of very important experiments in nuclear physics. The performance requested from the proton accelerator part of the project with respect to average intensity and pulse rate limits the choice of all technical solutions to a combination of a high duty Linac and an additional pulse compressing synchrotron ring. The concept of the accelerator part of the SNQ-project, in particular the Linac, will be described. The Linac may be subdivided into three sections, namely the Injector with two RFQ-structures and a beam merging by funneling, the Alvarez-Accelerator and the High Energy Linear Accelerator with its single cell structure. For the ring shaped pulse compressor two technical solutions are being investigated. One is a isochronous storage ring and the other is a FFAG-synchrotron, which can also accelerate at a fast rate. (orig.)

  14. Development of fast pulse driving power supply in the SPring-8 storage ring

    We have developed a fast pulsed power supply as a part of the development of the fast kicker magnet system in the SPring-8 storage ring since 2007. The initial required pulse width and current was 800 ns which is sufficiently short time less than 4.8 μs of the revolution time and more than 250 A for 0.8 μH load of magnet coil respectively. These parameters come from the requirement of the horizontal oscillation suppression of the stored beam at the injection. Afterward, the power supply became to apply to the kicker system for the short pulsed X-ray generation by vertical kick scheme, too. Because the allowed space where the kicker system is installed without changing the existing main accelerator components was about 30 cm long, we started the development of a fast, high power and compact power supply. We chose a Si-MOSFET as a switching device of pulsed current generation circuit to realize the required power supply parameters. The first output current in 2007 was a 67 A with a pulse width of 1.0 μs. In 2012, by using the parallel-series connecting of the MOSFET, we confirmed the output current of 232 A with a pulse width of 0.4 μs, whose case volume is less than 0.01 m3. (author)

  15. γ-Flash suppression using a gated photomultiplier assembled with an LaBr3(Ce) detector to measure fast neutron capture reactions

    A gated photomultiplier tube (PMT) assembled with an LaBr3(Ce) detector was applied toward the prompt γ{/hbox-}ray measurement of fast neutron capture reactions. Time-of-flight measurements of the neutron capture reactions of Cl and Al were performed using the 46-MeV electron linear accelerator at the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute (KURRI) as a pulsed neutron source. The photomultiplier gating technique effectively suppressed the saturation of the PMT output and extended the energy region of the TOF measurement. -- Highlights: • Prompt $/gamma$-ray measurements of fast neutron capture reaction. • An LaBr$3$(Ce) detector is used with a gated voltage divider. • The photomultiplier gating technique is applied to the detector. • The effect of the intense $/gamma$ flash is suppressed. • The measured TOF spectrum extends toward faster neutron energy region

  16. The Model of Temperature Dynamics of Pulsed Fuel Assembly

    Bondarchenko, E A; Popov, A K

    2002-01-01

    Heat exchange process differential equations are considered for a subcritical fuel assembly with an injector. The equations are obtained by means of the use of the Hermit polynomial. The model is created for modelling of temperature transitional processes. The parameters and dynamics are estimated for hypothetical fuel assembly consisting of real mountings: the powerful proton accelerator and the reactor IBR-2 core at its subcritica l state.

  17. Time-pick-off from pulsed beam accelerators

    The accelerator radio-frequency or time pulses from nuclear radiation detectors are shifted by a voltage-controlled delay unit (VCD) in series with the start or stop input of the time-to-pulse-height converter (TPC). The counting rates of two single channel analysers are compared, whose windows select different areas of the TPC spectrum. A regulation signal is derived for the VCD, to stabilize the center of the spectrum in a closed loop control circuit. (Auth.)

  18. Linear induction accelerator and pulse forming networks therefor

    Buttram, Malcolm T.; Ginn, Jerry W.

    1989-01-01

    A linear induction accelerator includes a plurality of adder cavities arranged in a series and provided in a structure which is evacuated so that a vacuum inductance is provided between each adder cavity and the structure. An energy storage system for the adder cavities includes a pulsed current source and a respective plurality of bipolar converting networks connected thereto. The bipolar high-voltage, high-repetition-rate square pulse train sets and resets the cavities.

  19. Injection and acceleration system of pulsed racetrack microtron

    Paper describes a pulsed racetrack microtron (RM) with 70 MeV beam maximal power. For this project one designed rare-earth permanent magnet base bending magnets, pattern to inject a bunched electron bean through a compact α-magnet and prismatic biperiodic accelerating structure (PBAS) characterized by compact transverse dimensions ensuring bar-free passing of electron beam through the first orbit. Besides, the PBAS has a high-frequency quadrupole focusing. These features facilitate essentially RM design and adjustment. Paper describes tests, technique of adjustment and of measuring of systems to inject and to accelerate a pulsed racetrack microtron

  20. Pulsed magnetic field for PHERMEX-injected circular accelerator

    The PHERMEX accelerator is a standing wave, 50 MHz rf linear accelerator. The rf fields in three cavities are pulsed for a period of 3 ms. The experiments described are directed toward studying injection and trapping of electron rings at modes field strengths (approximately 1 T). A single 200 ns beam macropulse is to be injected transverse to a solenoidal field, which is tilted at a small angle relative to the beam normal so that a beam micropulse does not return and strike the injection point. The pulsed field coils and vacuum chamber are reported under construction, and the capacitor bank being tested

  1. Injection and acceleration system of pulsed racetrack microtron

    Ermakov, A N; Ishkhanov, B S

    2002-01-01

    Paper describes a pulsed racetrack microtron (RM) with 70 MeV beam maximal power. For this project one designed rare-earth permanent magnet base bending magnets, pattern to inject a bunched electron bean through a compact alpha-magnet and prismatic biperiodic accelerating structure (PBAS) characterized by compact transverse dimensions ensuring bar-free passing of electron beam through the first orbit. Besides, the PBAS has a high-frequency quadrupole focusing. These features facilitate essentially RM design and adjustment. Paper describes tests, technique of adjustment and of measuring of systems to inject and to accelerate a pulsed racetrack microtron

  2. Application of a removable accelerator to fast neutron imaging

    Working principle and structure and debugging process of a mobile accelerator are introduced. The mobile accelerator, compact and light-weighted, can produce beam currents with high stability and small spot, and it is used in experiment of fast neutron imaging in our academy for the first time. In application process, some parameters including the beam current stability parameter are measured. Successive neutron yield is measured using concomitance particle means. Elementary images are acquired to fit the accelerator and the digital imaging system together. (authors)

  3. Long-pulse induction acceleration of heavy ions

    A long-pulse induction acceleration unit has been installed in the high-current Cs+ beam line at LBL and has accelerated heavy ions. A maximum energy gain of 250 keV for 1.5 μs is possible. The unit comprises 12 independent modules which may be used to synthesize a variety of waveforms by varying the triggering times of the low voltage trigger generators

  4. Fast current pulse amplifier for neutron flux monitoring system of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

    The neutron flux monitoring system (NFMS) for Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) measures the neutron power and the reactivity changes in the core in all the states such as shut down, fuel handling, reactor startup, intermediate and power ranges using high temperature cylindrical fission chambers, four section fission counter and high temperature boron coated counter. Fast Current Pulse Amplifier has been developed to use in NFMS of PFBR that amplifies single/four numbers of input current pulses independently, discriminates and electronically wire - OR them to give differential pulse output along with the Campbell output. The paper describes the design, development of integrated single/Quad channel fast current pulse amplifier based on in-house developed ASIC, Hybrid IC, in built test features, LV and HV supplies. (author)

  5. Klystron pulse modulator of linear electron accelerator: test results

    Z. Zimek

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to describe Klystron pulse modulator of linear electron accelerator.Design/methodology/approach: TH-2158 klystron modulator experimental model is based on semiconductor switch HTS 181-160 FI (acceptable current load 1600 A, and voltage up to 18 kV. The results of test measurements carried out during modulator starting up period are presented in this work. TH-2158 klystron was used as a load. The klystron was connected to the second winding of the pulse HV transformer with 1:10 windings turn ratio. The examined modulator is equipped with safety shutdown circuitry for protection against current overload that may appear at IGBT switch in the case of short-circuiting happened in klystron and waveguide system.Findings: Linear electron accelerator type LAE 10/15 with electron energy 10 MeV and beam power up to 15 kW was designed and completed at Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology. This accelerator was installed in facility for radiation sterilization single use medical devices, implants and tissue grafts. The standing wave accelerating section was selected. Microwave energy used for accelerating process is provided by klystron type TH-2158 working at frequency 2856 MHz.Practical implications: Described HV pulse modulator which designed and constructed for klystron TH-2158 was preliminary tested to evaluate the quality of the klystron HV and load current pulses and optimized selected component parameters. Obtained experimental results are better than those which were predicted by computer simulation method.Originality/value: Description of Klystron pulse modulator of linear electron accelerator.

  6. Optimized antisymmetric composite pulses for fast proton spectroscopic imaging

    Starčuk jr., Zenon; Starčuk, Zenon; Starčuková, Jana; Horký, Jaroslav

    Berkeley : ISMRM, 2005, s. 2520. ISSN 1545-4436. [International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine /13./. Miami Beach (US), 07.05.2005-13.05.2005] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA202/02/1493 Keywords : fast magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging * composite pulses Subject RIV: FS - Medical Facilities ; Equipment

  7. SUAK, a Fast Subcritical Facility for Pulsed Neutron Measurements

    SUAK is a small unreflected unmoderated assembly fuelled with 20% enriched uranium. The fuel is in the form of thin plates of 2 in x 2 in x 1/B in which are held in square tubes. The tubes are closely packed together, so that assemblies of different size and composition can be realized. The maximum size is a cube of about 35-cm side length. The maximum value of keff is 0.90. To reduce the backscattering of neutrons the assembly is located in the centre of a thin-walled building surrounded at a distance of 25 m by a wall for radiation protection. The control room is embedded in this wall. With a 200-keV pulsed neutron generator, measurements of the prompt neutron decay with different detectors and measurements of spectra by the time-of-flight technique are performed. A description of the assembly is given. First preliminary results are presented and compared with calculations. (author)

  8. Assembly Test of Elastic Averaging Technique to Improve Mechanical Alignment for Accelerating Structure Assemblies in CLIC

    Huopana, J

    2010-01-01

    The CLIC (Compact LInear Collider) is being studied at CERN as a potential multi-TeV e+e- collider [1]. The manufacturing and assembly tolerances for the required RF-components are important for the final efficiency and for the operation of CLIC. The proper function of an accelerating structure is very sensitive to errors in shape and location of the accelerating cavity. This causes considerable issues in the field of mechanical design and manufacturing. Currently the design of the accelerating structures is a disk design. Alternatively it is possible to create the accelerating assembly from quadrants, which favour the mass manufacturing. The functional shape inside of the accelerating structure remains the same and a single assembly uses less parts. The alignment of these quadrants has been previously made kinematic by using steel pins or spheres to align the pieces together. This method proved to be a quite tedious and time consuming method of assembly. To limit the number of different error sources, a meth...

  9. Repetitive pulse accelerator technology for light ion inertial confinement fusion

    Successful ignition of an inertial confinement fusion (ICF) pellet is calculated to require that several megajoules of energy be deposited in the pellet's centimeter-sized shell within 10 ns. This implies a driver power of several hundreds of terawatts and power density around 100 TW/cm2. The Sandia ICF approach is to deposit the energy with beams of 30 MV lithium ions. The first accelerator capable of producing these beams (PBFA II, 100 TW) will be used to study beam formation and target physics on a single pulse basis. To utilize this technology for power production, repetitive pulsing at rates that may be as high as 10 Hz will be required. This paper will overview the technologies being studied for a repetitively pulsed ICF accelerator. As presently conceived, power is supplied by rotating machinery providing 16 MJ in 1 ms. The generator output is transformed to 3 MV, then switched into a pulse compression system using laser triggered spark gaps. These must be synchronized to about 1 ns. Pulse compression is performed with saturable inductor switches, the output being 40 ns, 1.5 MV pulses. These are transformed to 30 MV in a self-magnetically insulated cavity adder structure. Space charge limited ion beams are drawn from anode plasmas with electron counter streaming being magnetically inhibited. The ions are ballistically focused into the entrances of guiding discharge channels for transport to the pellet. The status of component development from the prime power to the ion source will be reviewed

  10. Design and development of pulsed electron beam accelerator 'AMBICA – 600'

    Short duration, high power pulses with fast rise time and good flat-top are essentially required for driving pulsed electron beam diodes. To attain this objective, a dual resonant Tesla transformer based pulsed power accelerator 'AMBICA-600' has been developed. In this newly developed system, a coaxial water line is charged through single turn Tesla transformer that operates in the dual resonant mode. For making the accelerator compact, in the high power pulse forming line, water has been used as dielectric medium because of its high dielectric constant, high dielectric strength and high energy density. The coaxial waterline can be pulsed charged up to 600kV, has impedance of ∼5Ω and generates pulse width of ∼60ns. The integrated system is capable of producing intense electron beam of 300keV, 60kA when connected to impedance matched vacuum diode. In this paper, system hardware details and experimental results of gigawatt electron beam generation have been presented.

  11. Ion acceleration with ultra intense and ultra short laser pulses

    Accelerating ions/protons can be done using short laser pulse (few femto-seconds) focused on few micrometers area on solid target (carbon, aluminum, plastic...). The electromagnetic field intensity reached on target (≥1018 W.cm-2) allows us to turn the solid into a hot dense plasma. The dynamic motion of the electrons is responsible for the creation of intense static electric field at the plasma boundaries. These electric fields accelerate organic pollutants (including protons) located at the boundaries. This acceleration mechanism known as the Target Normal Sheath Acceleration (TNSA) has been the topic of the research presented in this thesis.The goal of this work has been to study the acceleration mechanism and to increase the maximal ion energy achievable. Indeed, societal application such as proton therapy requires proton energy up to few hundreds of MeV. To proceed, we have studied different target configurations allowing us to increase the laser plasma coupling and to transfer as much energy as possible to ions (target with microspheres deposit, foam target, grating). Different experiments have also dealt with generating a pre-plasma on the target surface thanks to a pre-pulse. On the application side, fluorescent material such as CdWO4 has been studied under high flux rate of protons. These high flux rates have been, up to now, beyond the conventional accelerators capabilities. (author)

  12. Repetitive pulse accelerator technology for light ion inertial confinement fusion

    This paper will overview the technologies being studied for a repetitively pulsed ICF accelerator. As presently conceived, power is supplied by rotating machinery providing 16 MJ in 1 ms. The generator output is transformed to 3 MV, then switched into a pulse compression system using laser triggered spark gaps. These must be synchronized to about 1 ns. Pulse compression is performed with saturable inductor switches, the output being 40 ns, 1.5 MV pulses. These are transformed to 30 MV in a self-magnetically insulated cavity adder structure. Space charge limited ion beams are drawn from anode plasmas with electron counter streaming being magnetically inhibited. The ions are ballistically focused into the entrances of guiding discharge channels for transport to the pellet. The status of component development from the prime power to the ion source will be reviewed

  13. Ultrafast Pulse Radiolysis Using a Terawatt Laser Wakefield Accelerator

    Oulianov, D A; Gosztola, D J; Korovyanko, O J; Rey de Castro, R C; Shkrob, I A; Crowell, Robert A.; Gosztola, David J.; Korovyanko, Oleg J.; Oulianov, Dmitri A.; Rey-de-Castro, Roberto C.; Shkrob, Ilya A.

    2006-01-01

    We report the first ultrafast pulse radiolysis transient absorption spectroscopy measurements from the Terawatt Ultrafast High Field Facility (TUHFF) at Argonne National Laboratory. TUHFF houses a 20 TW Ti:sapphire laser system that generates 2.5 nC sub-picosecond pulses of multi-MeV electrons at 10 Hz using laser wakefield acceleration. The system has been specifically optimized for kinetic measurements in a pump-probe fashion. This requires averaging over many shots which necessitates stable, reliable generation of electron pulses. The latter were used to generate excess electrons in pulse radiolysis of liquid water and concentrated solutions of perchloric acid. The hydronium ions in the acidic solutions react with the hydrated electrons resulting in the rapid decay of the transient absorbance at 800 nm on the picosecond time scale. Time resolution of a few picoseconds has been demonstrated. The current time resolution is determined primarily by the physical dimensions of the sample and the detection sensit...

  14. Plasma acceleration processes in an ablative pulsed plasma thruster

    Plasma acceleration processes in an ablative pulsed plasma thruster (APPT) were investigated. APPTs are space propulsion options suitable for microspacecraft, and have recently attracted much attention because of their low electric power requirements and simple, compact propellant system. The plasma acceleration mechanism, however, has not been well understood. In the present work, emission spectroscopy, high speed photography, and magnetic field measurements are conducted inside the electrode channel of an APPT with rectangular geometry. The successive images of neutral particles and ions give us a comprehensive understanding of their behavior under electromagnetic acceleration. The magnetic field profile clarifies the location where the electromagnetic force takes effect. As a result, it is shown that high density, ablated neutral gas stays near the propellant surface, and only a fraction of the neutrals is converted into plasma and electromagnetically accelerated, leaving the residual neutrals behind

  15. Development of high power toroidal pulse transformer with 10-100 Hz repetition rate for linear induction accelerator

    Full text: An amorphous-core pulse transformer of 2.5kV /20kV, 20μs, 250J, 100 pps rating has been designed and fabricated for Linear Induction Accelerator. This accelerator will be used to generate intense electron beam pulses at high repetition rate for plastic modification and other material processing applications. The peak power and average power of the pulse transformer are 20MW and 25kW respectively. Modular design based on parallel operation of 6 identical modules has been incorporated in this pulse transformer. Single module has been tested up to 10pps for 10 minute durations. Full transformer assembly has been tested in single pulse mode

  16. Material acceleration estimation by four-pulse tomo-PIV

    A tomographic PIV system is introduced for the instantaneous measurement of the material acceleration (material derivative of velocity). The system is conceived to operate with short temporal separation (microseconds) and is therefore suitable for applications up to the high-speed flow regimes. The method of operation consists of tomographic imaging of a measurement volume using three arrays of four CCD cameras and two double-pulse laser systems. Advantages and shortcomings of the approach with respect to the most commonly used method based on light polarization are discussed. Various approaches are compared to determine the optimal utilization of four-pulse data to measure the material acceleration: Eulerian and Lagrangian schemes are compared to the recently introduced fluid trajectory correlation (FTC) technique from the authors. A synthetic image test case of a translating vortex is used to compare the schemes with and without the presence of noise. The truncation errors and sensitivity to random noise for each scheme are highlighted. A discussion is also given on the dynamic range of the schemes. The four-pulse tomographic system is used to measure the separated wake of an axisymmetric truncated base with afterbody at a Reynolds number of 68 000. The system calibration accuracy and the baseline measurement uncertainty of the velocity are evaluated with a zero-time delay test. A novel criterion is introduced to establish the relative accuracy of the material derivative measurement, based on the curl of the material acceleration field. The results indicate that the four-pulse tomo-PIV approach suits the measurement of the material acceleration using a variety of estimation schemes. In particular, the FTC technique gives the lowest error levels and is well-suited to perform accurate material acceleration measurements. (paper)

  17. Design, Construction and Test Arrangement of a Fast-Cycling HTS Accelerator Magnet

    Piekarz, H; Hays, Steven; Shiltsev, Vladimir

    2014-01-01

    Design, fabrication and assembly of a novel fast-cycling accelerator magnet is presented. A short-sample magnet is powered with a single-turn HTS cable capable to carry 80 kA current at 20 K and generate 1.75 T field in a 40 mm magnet gap. The applied conventional leads and the power supply, however, allow only for a sin-wave 24 kA, 20 Hz current limiting test magnet to a B-field of 0.5 T and to a maximum cycling rate of 20 T/s. The critical aspects of the cable construction and the splicing connection to the power leads are described. Tentative power losses of the proposed HTS accelerator magnet in a possible application for proton and muon accelerators are presented.

  18. Cyclinac medical accelerators using pulsed C6+/H2+ ion sources

    Charged particle therapy, or so-called hadrontherapy, is developing very rapidly. There is large pressure on the scientific community to deliver dedicated accelerators, providing the best possible treatment modalities at the lowest cost. In this context, the Italian research Foundation TERA is developing fast-cycling accelerators, dubbed 'cyclinacs'. These are a combination of a cyclotron (accelerating ions to a fixed initial energy) followed by a high gradient linac boosting the ions energy up to the maximum needed for medical therapy. The linac is powered by many independently controlled klystrons to vary the beam energy from one pulse to the next. This accelerator is best suited to treat moving organs with a 4D multipainting spot scanning technique. A dual proton/carbon ion cyclinac is here presented. It consists of an Electron Beam Ion Source, a superconducting isochronous cyclotron and a high-gradient linac. All these machines are pulsed at high repetition rate (100-400 Hz). The source should deliver both C6+ and H2+ ions in short pulses (1.5 μs flat-top) and with sufficient intensity (at least 108 fully stripped carbon ions per pulse at 300 Hz). The cyclotron accelerates the ions to 120 MeV/u. It features a compact design (with superconducting coils) and a low power consumption. The linac has a novel C-band high-gradient structure and accelerates the ions to variable energies up to 400 MeV/u. High RF frequencies lead to power consumptions which are much lower than the ones of synchrotrons for the same ion extraction energy. This work is part of a collaboration with the CLIC group, which is working at CERN on high-gradient electron-positron colliders.

  19. Nitrogen implantation in steel with a pulsed ion beam accelerator

    The modification of wear properties of high speed steel cutting tools for lathe by nitrogen implantation, were studied in a normal boring process of SAE 1045 steel parts. The implantation was done with a pulsed ion beam accelerator, which produced a nitrogen ion beam of continuous energy spectrum (10-300 KeV) with 400 ns pulsed duration on target. A tool fluence of 1.65 x 1017 cm-2 - obtained by 30 singles shot accumulation was used in the experiments. (author)

  20. Fast initial continuous current pulses versus return stroke pulses in tower-initiated lightning

    Azadifar, Mohammad; Rachidi, Farhad; Rubinstein, Marcos; Rakov, Vladimir A.; Paolone, Mario; Pavanello, Davide; Metz, Stefan

    2016-06-01

    We present a study focused on pulses superimposed on the initial continuous current of upward negative discharges. The study is based on experimental data consisting of correlated lightning current waveforms recorded at the instrumented Säntis Tower in Switzerland and electric fields recorded at a distance of 14.7 km from the tower. Two different types of pulses superimposed on the initial continuous current were identified: (1) M-component-type pulses, for which the microsecond-scale electric field pulse occurs significantly earlier than the onset of the current pulse, and (2) fast pulses, for which the onset of the field matches that of the current pulse. We analyze the currents and fields associated with these fast pulses (return-stroke type (RS-type) initial continuous current (ICC) pulses) and compare their characteristics with those of return strokes. A total of nine flashes containing 44 RS-type ICC pulses and 24 return strokes were analyzed. The median current peaks associated with RS-type ICC pulses and return strokes are, respectively, 3.4 kA and 8 kA. The associated median E-field peaks normalized to 100 km are 1.5 V/m and 4.4 V/m, respectively. On the other hand, the electric field peaks versus current peaks for the two data sets (RS-type ICC pulses and return strokes) are characterized by very similar linear regression slopes, namely, 3.67 V/(m kA) for the ICC pulses and 3.77 V/(m kA) for the return strokes. Assuming the field-current relation based on the transmission line model, we estimated the apparent speed of both the RS-type ICC pulses and return strokes to be about 1.4 × 108 m/s. A strong linear correlation is observed between the E-field risetime and the current risetime for the ICC pulses, similar to the relation observed between the E-field risetime and current risetime for return strokes. The similarity of the RS-type ICC pulses with return strokes suggests that these pulses are associated with the mixed mode of charge transfer to ground.

  1. Nanosecond pulse-width electron diode based on dielectric wall accelerator technology

    Zhao, Quantang, E-mail: zhaoquantang@impcas.ac.cn [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Zhang, Z.M.; Yuan, P.; Cao, S.C.; Shen, X.K.; Jing, Y. [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Yu, C.S. [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Li, Z.P.; Liu, M.; Xiao, R.Q. [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Zong, Y.; Wang, Y.R. [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Zhao, H.W. [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2013-11-21

    An electron diode using a short section of dielectric wall accelerator (DWA) has been under development at the Institute of Modern Physics (IMP), Chinese Academy of Sciences. Tests have been carried out with spark gap switches triggered by lasers. The stack voltage efficiency of a four-layer of Blumleins reached about 60–70% with gas filled spark gap switching. The generated pulse voltage of peak amplitude of 23 kV and pulse width of 5 ns is used to extract and accelerate an electron beam of 320 mA, measured by a fast current transformer. A nanosecond pulse width electron diode was achieved successfully. Furthermore, the principle of a DWA is well proven and the development details and discussions are presented in this article. -- Highlights: •The key technology of DWA, including switches and pulse forming lines were studied. •The SiC PCSS obtained from Shanghai Institute were tested. •Two layers ZIP lines (new structure) and four layers Blumlein lines were studied with laser triggered spark gap switches. •A nanosecond pulse-width electron diode based on DWA technologies is achieved and studied experimentally. •The principle of DWA is also proved by the diode.

  2. Design and development of high power pulsed technologies and systems for H- and proton accelerators

    For energizing the 3 MeV RFQ, under development at RRCAT, a 1 MW pulsed RF system operating at 352.2 MHz is required. The characteristics of the pulsed RF delivered to RFQ are important for its correct operation. Keeping in view these requirements, in house design and development of crucial technologies like high voltage solid state pulse modulators, WR 2300 waveguide components, solid state high voltage switches, high voltage high power pulse transformers, advanced solid state Marx modulator, high power RF/Microwave test facilities etc has been initiated. A 1 MW pulsed test stand at 352.21 MHz has been developed and tested using TH 2089 klystrons provided by CERN. A solid state bouncer modulator with 500 microsecs pulse duration, 25 Hz pulse repetition rate, giving output voltage upto 100 kV for energizing klystron for pulsed RFQ has been designed, integrated and testing has been started. Design and prototype development of advanced solid state Marx modulator has also been carried out. The WR 2300 waveguide components have also been developed and tested at low power as well as 1 MW pulsed power at the test stand. The WR 2300 waveguide transmission line with full height dual directional coupler, harmonic filter, three port junction circulator, full height to half height transition, half height waveguide sections, E and H bends, power dividers, flexible waveguides, phase shifter, 45 deg E plane bends, RF loads etc. was assembled and tested at 1 MW pulsed power. Utilizing the experience gathered, design of WR 2300 waveguide transmission system for LEHIPA project of BARC was also done. Development of 1.3 GHz RF systems and cavity test set ups for characterizing the superconducting cavities is in advanced stage. A solid state bouncer compensated long pulse modulator operating at 100 kV, 20 A with 800 microsecs pulse duration at 2 Hz PRR, was successfully designed, developed and supplied to CERN for LINAC 4 proton accelerator project under DAE CERN collaboration in

  3. A CFD Simulation Process for Fast Reactor Fuel Assemblies

    Kurt D. Hamman; Ray A. Berry

    2010-09-01

    A CFD modeling and simulation process for large-scale problems using an arbitrary fast reactor fuel assembly design was evaluated. Three-dimensional flow distributions of sodium for several fast reactor fuel assembly pin spacing configurations were simulated on high performance computers using commercial CFD software. This research focused on 19-pin fuel assembly “benchmark” geometry, similar in design to the Advanced Burner Test Reactor, where each pin is separated by helical wire-wrap spacers. Several two-equation turbulence models including the k–e and SST (Menter) k–? were evaluated. Considerable effort was taken to resolve the momentum boundary layer, so as to eliminate the need for wall functions and reduce computational uncertainty. High performance computers were required to generate the hybrid meshes needed to predict secondary flows created by the wire-wrap spacers; computational meshes ranging from 65 to 85 million elements were common. A general validation methodology was followed, including mesh refinement and comparison of numerical results with empirical correlations. Predictions for velocity, temperature, and pressure distribution are shown. The uncertainty of numerical models, importance of high fidelity experimental data, and the challenges associated with simulating and validating large production-type problems are presented.

  4. A CFD simulation process for fast reactor fuel assemblies

    Hamman, Kurt D., E-mail: Kurt.Hamman@inl.go [Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-3840 (United States); Berry, Ray A. [Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-3840 (United States)

    2010-09-15

    A CFD modeling and simulation process for large-scale problems using an arbitrary fast reactor fuel assembly design was evaluated. Three-dimensional flow distributions of sodium for several fast reactor fuel assembly pin spacing configurations were simulated on high performance computers using commercial CFD software. This research focused on 19-pin fuel assembly 'benchmark' geometry, similar in design to the Advanced Burner Test Reactor, where each pin is separated by helical wire-wrap spacers. Several two-equation turbulence models including the k-{epsilon} and SST (Menter) k-{omega} were evaluated. Considerable effort was taken to resolve the momentum boundary layer, so as to eliminate the need for wall functions and reduce computational uncertainty. High performance computers were required to generate the hybrid meshes needed to predict secondary flows created by the wire-wrap spacers; computational meshes ranging from 65 to 85 million elements were common. A general validation methodology was followed, including mesh refinement and comparison of numerical results with empirical correlations. Predictions for velocity, temperature, and pressure distribution are shown. The uncertainty of numerical models, importance of high fidelity experimental data, and the challenges associated with simulating and validating large production-type problems are presented.

  5. Study on variance-to-mean method as subcriticality monitor for accelerator driven system operated with pulse-mode

    Two types of the variance-to-mean methods for the subcritical system that was driven by the periodic and pulsed neutron source were developed and their experimental examination was performed with the Kyoto University Critical Assembly and a pulsed neutron generator. As a result, it was demonstrated that the prompt neutron decay constant could be measured by these methods. From this fact, it was concluded that the present variance-to-mean methods had potential for being used in the subcriticality monitor for the future accelerator driven system operated with the pulse-mode. (author)

  6. Medium-type pulsed fast-neutron detector

    A newly developed medium-type pulsed fast neutron detector is proposed. The detector consists of front insulator, n-p converter, absorber, collector and rear insulator. The detection principle is based on the output signal from both recoil-protons of the n-p converter and secondary electrons induced by the recoil-protons passing the interface between the absorber and the collector. Because of its detection of fast neutrons in the medium, unlike many traditional fast neutron detectors which work in the vacuum environment, this detector has obvious advantages. It does not need vacuum environment and high voltage power supply. This makes it to be used easily. By choosing teflon as the absorber and by choosing graphite as the charge collector, the contribution of the secondary electrons to the output signal can be determined experimentally

  7. Fast magnetic reconnection and particle acceleration in pair plasmas

    Bessho, Naoki; Bhattacharjee, A.

    2009-11-01

    Magnetic reconnection without a guide field in both non-relativistic and relativistic regimes has been studied in pair plasmas by 2D PIC simulations. We have found that in both regimes, particle acceleration enhances reconnection rates by an interesting feedback effect. Reconnection rates in the impulsive phase become of the order of 1 when the background density in a Harris sheet equilibrium is of the order of 0.01 of the density in the current sheet. Fast reconnection becomes possible not only because of increase of the time derivative part of the inertial term in the generalized Ohm's law, but also by a positive feedback on the pressure tensor term, bootstrapped by particle acceleration that produces a reduction in the particle density in the diffusion region. In this impulsive phase, the extension of the diffusion region along the outflow region is accompanied by a broadening of the width of the current sheet in the inflow region, keeping the aspect ratio small and sustaining a large reconnection rate. The collisionless resistivity originating from non-ideal terms in the generalized Ohm's law becomes large and nearly spatially uniform along the diffusion region even after the extension of the diffusion region, and can account quantitatively for the fast reconnection rate. We will compare and contrast this with reconnection and particle acceleration in hydrogen plasmas.

  8. Pulse-Height Distribution Analysis for Superconducting Nanostripline Ion Detector with a Fast Pulse-Integration Analog-Todigital Converter

    Suzuki, Koji; Ukibe, Masahiro; Shiki, Shigetomo; Miki, Shigehito; Wang, Zhen; Takahashi, Yoshihiro; Yoshikawa, Nobuyuki; Ohkubo, Masataka

    Superconducting nano-stripline structure is promising for realizing an ideal ion detector for mass spectrometry (MS); nano-second time resolution and mass-independent detection efficiency from atoms to proteins. We report the first pulse-height spectra of a superconducting nano-stripline ion detector (SSLD) by a pulse-integration analog-to-digital converter (PIADC). A niobium nitride (NbN)-SSLD had a meander structure of the stripline with a thickness of 10 nm and a linewidth of 800 nm on an MgO substrate. A matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometer or a double-focusing mass spectrometer was used to produce and accelerate biomolecule ions (bovine serum albumin) with a molecular weight (MW) of 66,400 and Ar ions with an atomic weight (AW) of 40. Output pulse height did not depend on the MW or ion species for a wide mass range. Moreover, measured pulse-height distribution indicates that our SSLD system is so fast enough to discriminate the simultaneous ion incidence within 200 ns, which is close to the virtual dead time of time-to-digital converters (TDCs) at the practical usage in TOF MS for macromolecules.

  9. Rapid fuel drawer scanner for fast critical assembly safeguards

    An integrated scanning system incorporating highly efficient collimated neutron and high purity germanium gamma detectors with an on-line microprocessor has been developed to perform rapid inventorying of uranium and plutonium fuel drawers from fast critical assemblies. On-line least-squares fit procedures provide quantitative comparisons at a rate exceeding two drawers per minute. For plutonium-containing fuel, the neutron scan data can be related to the included 240Pu isotopic mass; individual 239Pu, 241Pu, and 241Am isotopic contents are obtained from simultaneous scans of the appropriate isolated gamma lines

  10. Study of the pulsation of an ion accelerator giving 20 nano-second pulses

    In order to measure fast neutron spectra by the time-of-flight method, we have studied a pulsed ion-source which has been placed on the 600 kV electrostatic accelerator at Fontenay-aux-Roses. We examine successively: the ion-source itself, its extraction device, the focussing equipment and the pulsation system constituted by a slit which is swept by the beam. Using this ion-source it is possible to obtain a direct current of deutons of over 800 μA, and clouds having a duration which can be adjusted to between 15 and 40 nano-seconds. (author)

  11. Accelerated oxygen precipitation in fast neutron irradiated Czochralski silicon

    Ma Qiao-Yun; Li Yang-Xian; Chen Gui-Feng; Yang Shuai; Liu Li-Li; Niu Ping-Juan; Chen Dong-Feng; Li Hong-Tao

    2005-01-01

    Annealing effect of the oxygen precipitation and the induced defects have been investigated on the fast neutron irradiated Czochralski silicon (CZ-Si) by infrared absorption spectrum and the optical microscopy. It is found that the fast neutron irradiation greatly accelerates the oxygen precipitation that leads to a sharp decrease of the interstitial oxygen with the annealing time. At room temperature (RT), the 1107cm-1 infrared absorption band of interstitial oxygen becomes weak and broadens to low energy side. At low temperature, the infrared absorption peaks appear at 1078cm-1, 1096cm-1, and 1182cm-1, related to different shapes of the oxygen precipitates. The bulk microdefects,including stacking faults, dislocations and dislocation loops, were observed by the optical microscopy. New or large stacking faults grow up when the silicon self-interstitial atoms are created and aggregate with oxygen precipitation.

  12. Fast Neutron Radiography at an RFQ Accelerator System

    Daniels, G. C.; Franklyn, C. B.; Dangendorf, V.; Buffler, A.; Bromberger, B.

    This work introduces the Necsa Radio Frequency Quadrupole (RFQ) accelerator facility and its work concerning fast neutron radiography (FNR). Necsa operates a 4-5 MeV, up to 50 mA deuteron RFQ. The previous deuterium gas target station has been modified to enable producing a white neutron beam employing a solid B4C target. Furthermore, the high energy beam transport (HEBT) section is under adjustment to achieve a longer flight-path and a better focus. This work presents an overview of the facility, the modifications made, and introduces past and ongoing neutron radiography investigations.

  13. Intense ion beams accelerated by ultra-intense laser pulses

    Roth, Markus; Cowan, T. E.; Gauthier, J. C.; Vehn, J. Meyer-Ter; Allen, M.; Audebert, P.; Blazevic, A.; Fuchs, J.; Geissel, M.; Hegelich, M.; Karsch, S.; Pukhov, A.; Schlegel, T.

    2002-04-01

    The discovery of intense ion beams off solid targets irradiated by ultra-intense laser pulses has become the subject of extensive international interest. These highly collimated, energetic beams of protons and heavy ions are strongly depending on the laser parameters as well as on the properties of the irradiated targets. Therefore we have studied the influence of the target conditions on laser-accelerated ion beams generated by multi-terawatt lasers. The experiments were performed using the 100 TW laser facility at Laboratoire pour l'Utilisation des Laser Intense (LULI). The targets were irradiated by pulses up to 5×1019 W/cm2 (~300 fs,λ=1.05 μm) at normal incidence. A strong dependence on the surface conditions, conductivity, shape and purity was observed. The plasma density on the front and rear surface was determined by laser interferometry. We characterized the ion beam by means of magnetic spectrometers, radiochromic film, nuclear activation and Thompson parabolas. The strong dependence of the ion beam acceleration on the conditions on the target back surface was confirmed in agreement with predictions based on the target normal sheath acceleration (TNSA) mechanism. Finally shaping of the ion beam has been demonstrated by the appropriate tailoring of the target. .

  14. Optimized laser pulse profile for efficient radiation pressure acceleration of ions

    Bulanov, S. S.; Schroeder, C. B.; Esarey, E.; Leemans, W. P.

    2012-01-01

    The radiation pressure acceleration regime of laser ion acceleration requires high intensity laser pulses to function efficiently. Moreover the foil should be opaque for incident radiation during the interaction to ensure maximum momentum transfer from the pulse to the foil, which requires proper matching of the target to the laser pulse. However, in the ultrarelativistic regime, this leads to large acceleration distances, over which the high laser intensity for a Gaussian laser pulse must be...

  15. Ablation experiment and threshold calculation of titanium alloy irradiated by ultra-fast pulse laser

    Buxiang Zheng; Gedong Jiang; Wenjun Wang; Kedian Wang; Xuesong Mei

    2014-01-01

    The interaction between an ultra-fast pulse laser and a material's surface has become a research hotspot in recent years. Micromachining of titanium alloy with an ultra-fast pulse laser is a very important research direction, and it has very important theoretical significance and application value in investigating the ablation threshold of titanium alloy irradiated by ultra-fast pulse lasers. Irradiated by a picosecond pulse laser with wavelengths of 1064 nm and 532 nm, the surface morphology...

  16. Cyclinac Medical Accelerators Using Pulsed C6+/H2+ Ion Sources

    Garonna, A; Bonomi, R; Campo, D; Degiovanni, A; Garlasché, M; Mondino, I; Rizzoglio, V; Andrés, S Verdú

    2010-01-01

    Charged particle therapy, or so-called hadrontherapy, is developing very rapidly. There is huge pressure on the scientific community to deliver dedicated accelerators, providing the best possible treatment modalities at the lowest cost. In this context, the Italian Research Foundation TERA is developing fast-cycling accelerators, dubbed cyclinacs. These are a combination of a cyclotron (accelerating ions to a fixed initial energy) followed by a high gradient linac boosting the ions energy up to the maximum needed for medical therapy. The linac is powered by many independently controlled klystrons to vary the beam energy from one pulse to the next. This accelerator is best suited to treat moving organs with a 4D multi-painting spot scanning technique. A dual proton/carbon ion cyclinac is here presented. It consists of an Electron Beam Ion Source, a superconducting isochronous cyclotron and a high-gradient linac. All these machines are pulsed at high repetition rate (100-400 Hz). The source should deliver both ...

  17. Preliminary Heating Rate Evaluation of Control Assembly in Fast Reactor

    The diameter of B4C absorber pin can expand 1.85 times as the number of absorber pins is reduced from 61 to 19. However, a lager pin diameter leads higher absorber centerline temperature and cladding mid-wall temperature which are major criteria on thermal hydraulic design. The most important thing is to consider the incident neutron energy and inelastic scattering to prevent underestimating the heating rate when the heating rate is evaluated at control assembly in the fast reactor. It is appropriate to apply only absorption reaction in a thermal reactor. In fast reactor, however, the heating rate at all rod-in condition in this study is about 40% bigger when the both effects are taken into account. The heating rate at the control assembly that consists of 19 absorber pins is about 5.3% bigger than the case of 61 pins. But thermal hydraulic integrities in the both designs can satisfy the design requirements by modifying flow rate

  18. LIU 0.5/3000 pulse-periodical linear induction accelerator

    LIU 0.5/3000 accelerator designed for production of accelerator nanosecond high-current electron beam is described. Its main characteriatics are as follows: electron beam energy in pulse is 50j; electron peak energy - 500 keV; beam pulse power - 15 GW; current amplitude in pulse - 3 kA; beam current duration - 80 ns (at 0.1 level); beam aperture - 8-30cm2; accelerator operates in three modes: single-pulse mode, continuous mode with 50 pulses/s. Succession frequency, mode of pulse train formationfrom 5-10 pulses with equivalent pulse duration in the train up to 200 pulses/s; operating lifetime is ≥ 107 pulses. Accelerator dimensions are 2000x2100x900 mm, its mass - 800 kg

  19. Development of the pulsed power system of the accelerator module for the linear induction accelerator

    This paper presents a pulsed power system, the terminal load of which is an accelerator module, with this system, A 350 kV, 90 ns (FWHM) voltage with 30 ns rise-time accross the accelerating gap has been obtained. The jitter of the main switch operating at 280 kv is less than 1.5 ns (RMS). Further improvement on the performance of the coaxial field distortion switch is discussed and it is pointed out that the operating voltage of the switch can be increased by 8.2 %. If the triggering electrode is biased by means of equivalent electrical field stress. (author)

  20. Fast Radio Bursts counterparts in the scenario of supergiant pulses

    Popov, S B

    2016-01-01

    We discuss identification of possible counterparts and persistent sources related to Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) in the framework of the model of supergiant pulses from young neutron stars with large spin-down luminosities. In particular, we demonstrate that at least some of sources of FRBs can be observed as ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs). At the moment no ULXs are known to be coincident with localization areas of FRBs. We searched for a correlation of FRB positions with galaxies in the 2MASS Redshift survey catalogue. Our analysis produced statistically insignificant overabundance ($p$-value $\\approx 4\\%$) of galaxies in error boxes of FRBs. In the very near future with even modestly increased statistics of FRBs and with the help of dedicated X-ray observations and all-sky X-ray surveys it will be possible to decisively prove or falsify the supergiant pulses model.

  1. High Spatial Resolution Fast-Neutron Imaging Detectors for Pulsed Fast-Neutron Transmission Spectroscopy

    Mor, I.; Vartsky, D.; Bar, D.; Feldman, G.; Goldberg, M B; Katz, D.; Sayag, E.; Shmueli, I.; Cohen, Y.; Tal, A; Vagish, Z.; Bromberger, B.; Dangendorf, V.; Mugai, D.; Tittelmeier, K.

    2009-01-01

    Two generations of a novel detector for high-resolution transmission imaging and spectrometry of fast-neutrons are presented. These devices are based on a hydrogenous fiber scintillator screen and single- or multiple-gated intensified camera systems (ICCD). This detector is designed for energy-selective neutron radiography with nanosecond-pulsed broad-energy (1 - 10 MeV) neutron beams. Utilizing the Time-of-Flight (TOF) method, such a detector is capable of simultaneously capturing several im...

  2. Numerical analysis of acceleration obtained from pulsed-linear-MHD accelerator using model rocket engine

    To improve the thrust efficiency of a pulsed magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) accelerator, we perform numerical calculations that simulate the experimental conditions, which were used earlier, in an apparatus that include a model rocket engine. The one-fluid one-dimensional-MHD simulation results show agreement between the experimental and numerical results. We discuss simulation results for temporal and spatial distributions of the electrical conductivity and current density. (author)

  3. Nike Experiments on Acceleration of Planar Targets Stabilized with a Short Spike Pulse^1

    Weaver, J. L.; Velikovich, A. L.; Metzler, N.; Aglitskiy, Y.; Oh, J.; Mostovych, A. N.; Gardner, J. H.

    2005-10-01

    Theoretical work has shown that a low energy spike pulse in front of the drive laser pulse can help mitigate the growth of hydrodynamic instabilities in targets for inertial confinement fusion.[1]^ While other experiments [2] used higher spike pulse energies, this study reports the influence of a lower energy spike and longer spike-main pulse delay on the acceleration of planar CH targets. Time evolution of preimposed sinusoidal ripples on the target surface was observed using a monochromatic x-ray imaging system. Delayed onset and/or suppression of mode growth was found for the spike prepulse shots compared to those with a low intensity foot, in good agreement with predictions from FAST2D simulations. The propagation velocity of the decaying shock wave from the spike pulse was measured with VISAR and was also in good agreement with an analytical prediction.[3] [1] Metzler et al., Phys. Plasmas 6, 3283 (1999); 9, 5050 (2002); 10, 1897 (2003);Goncharov et al., Phys. Plasmas 10, 1906 (2003) ;Betti et al., Phys Plamas 12, 042703 (2005) ;[2]Knauer et al., Phys. Plasmas 12, 056306 (2005) ; [3]Velikovich et al., Phys. Plasmas 10, 3270 (2003). ^1Work supported by U. S. Department of Energy

  4. Eddy Current Modeling and Measuring in Fast-Pulsed Resistive Magnets

    Arpaia, P; Gollucio, G; Montenero, G

    2010-01-01

    A method for modeling and measuring electromagnetic transients due to eddy currents in fast-pulsed resistive magnets is proposed. In particular, an equivalent-circuit model and a method for time-domain measurements of eddy currents are presented. The measurements are needed for an accurate control of the magnetic field quality to ensure adequate stability and performance of the particle beam in particle accelerators in dynamic conditions (field ramps up to about 700 T/s). In the second part, the results of experiments for model definition, identification, and validation are discussed. The tests were carried out on a quadrupole of Linac4, a new linear particle accelerator under construction at CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research).

  5. Calculation of Heterogeneity Effects in Fast Critical Assemblies

    The physical properties of the fast power reactor cores with respect to the neutron transport are usually not essentially influenced by the heterogeneity of the core structure. Nevertheless, when modelling the cores of these reactors by experimental critical assemblies the heterogeneity of the structure becomes essentially greater and cannot be neglected in the analysis of experiments. In connection with this fact a further development of the previously presented method of homogenization of slab lattices with respect to the chain reaction with fast neutrons is contributed. Attention is restricted to bare assemblies made up of a periodic lattice of parallel slabs of two different materials, a so-called ''sandwich'' reactor of materials 1 and 2. The geometry considered is (a) the plane geometry with boundaries parallel to the slabs, (b) the plane geometry with boundaries perpendicular to the slabs, and (c) the cylindrical geometry with boundaries perpendicular to the slabs with infinite or finite height. The restriction to two different media is made because of a simplification only and is not substantial. The starting point is the integral transport theory based on the solution of the kinetic Boltzmann equation. The solution is sought in the form of a product of asymptotic transport theory solution characterized by the buckling B2 and representing the general trend of the neutron emission density with the fine structure, taking account of the heterogeneous structure of alternative layers of media 1 and 2. As a result the value of the buckling B2 of the heterogeneous assembly together with energy spectra in each medium is obtained. As an illustration of the method the chain reaction with fast neutrons in a heterogeneous medium consisting of 235U and 238U plates placed in turn is investigated. For 16 energy groups the buckling B2 and the energy spectrum in 235U and 238U have been calculated for a 10%, 20% and 30% enrichment with 235U for different cell dimensions of

  6. Cargo inspection system based on pulsed fast neutron analysis

    Brown, Douglas R.; Coates, Allison; Kuo, Stelly N.; Loveman, Robert; Pentaleri, Ed; Rynes, Joel C.

    1997-02-01

    The pulsed fast neutron analysis (PFNA) cargo inspection system (CIS) uses a nanosecond pulsed beam of fast neutrons to interrogate the contents of small volume elements -- voxels -- of a cargo container or truck. A color display shows the three-dimensional location of suspected contraband, such as drugs or explosives. The neutrons interact with the elemental contents of each vowel, and gamma rays characteristic of the elements are collected in an array of detectors. The elemental signals and their ratios give unique signatures for drugs and other contraband. From the time of arrival of the gamma rays, the position of the vowel within the truck is determined. The PFNA CIS is designed to scan five or more trucks per hour. The operator interface has been designed to assist in the rapid identification of drugs, explosives or other contraband. This paper describes the system and the tests for drugs and explosives that have been carried out during the past year. These tests were aimed at exploring the envelope of performance of the system.

  7. A high current, short pulse electron source for wakefield accelerators

    Design studies for the generation of a high current, short pulse electron source for the Argonne Wakefield Accelerator are presented. An L-band laser photocathode rf gun cavity is designed using the computer code URMEL to maximize the electric field on the cathode surface for fixed frequency and rf input power. A new technique using a curved incoming laser wavefront to minimize the space charge effect near the photocathode is studied. A preaccelerator with large iris to minimize wakefield effects is used to boost the drive beam to a useful energy of around 20 MeV for wakefield acceleration experiments. Focusing in the photocathode gun and the preaccelerator is accomplished with solenoids. Beam dynamics simulations throughout the preaccelerator are performed using particle simulation codes TBCI-SF and PARMELA. An example providing a useful set of operation parameters for the Argonne Wakefield Accelerator is given. The effects of the sagitta of the curved beam and laser amplitude and timing jitter effects are discussed. Measurement results of low rf power level bench tests and a high power test for the gun cavity are presented and discussed

  8. Measurement of subcriticality using delayed neutron source combined with pulsed neutron accelerator

    A new experimental method for subcriticality measurement was developed by using delayed neutron source which is produced by external pulsed neutron source to increase accuracy of measured results by overcoming the space dependency problem which means difference of measured results in different detector position and often appeared in almost all other subcriticality measurement techniques. Experiments were performed at Kyoto University Critical Assembly (KUCA) combined with a DT accelerator to produce pulsed neutron in outside of the core repeatedly. In this method, neutron detection counts in the prompt neutron time region which are appeared just after injection of pulsed neutron are omitted, whereas neutron counts in the delayed neutron time region which are appeared after disappearance of exponential decay of the prompt neutron are adopted in analysis based on neutron source multiplication method or neutron noise analysis method; the variance to mean ratio method. In the delayed neutron time region, neutron sources to initiate fission chain reactions in subcritical state are delayed neutrons from delayed neutron precursors which are mainly produced by fission chain reactions in the prompt neutron time region, and delayed neutron precursors exist only in the fuel region, which makes possible to decrease the space dependency problem. The obtained results were compared with conventional pulsed neutron method, and it was found that the space dependency problem in subcriticality measurement can be fairly decreased by using the present new method compared with conventional one. (author)

  9. Development of GMT fast steering secondary mirror assembly

    Cho, Myung; Corredor, Andrew; Dribusch, Christoph; Park, Won Hyun; Muller, Gary; Johns, Matt; Hull, Charlie; Kern, Jonathan; Kim, Young-Soo

    2014-07-01

    The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) is one of Extremely large telescopes, which is 25m in diameter featured with two Gregorian secondary mirrors, an adaptive secondary mirror (ASM) and a fast-steering secondary mirror (FSM). The FSM is 3.2 m in diameter and built as seven 1.1 m diameter circular segments conjugated 1:1 to the seven 8.4m segments of the primary. The guiding philosophy in the design of the FSM segment mirror is to minimize development and fabrication risks ensuring a set of secondary mirrors are available on schedule for telescope commissioning and early operations in a seeing limited mode. Each FSM segment contains a tip-tilt capability for fine co-alignment of the telescope subapertures and fast guiding to attenuate telescope wind shake and mount control jitter, thus optimizing the seeing limited performance of the telescope. The final design of the FSM mirror and support system configuration was optimized using finite element analyses and optical performance analyses. The optical surface deformations, image qualities, and structure functions for the gravity print-through cases, thermal gradient effects, and dynamic performances were evaluated. The results indicated that the GMT FSM mirror and its support system will favorably meet the optical performance goals for residual surface error and the FSM surface figure accuracy requirement defined by encircled energy (EE80) in the focal plane. The mirror cell assembly analysis indicated an excellent dynamic stiffness which will support the goal of tip-tilt operation.

  10. Alternative concept for a fast energy amplifier accelerator driven reactor

    Recently Rubbia et al. introduced a conceptual design of a Fast Energy Amplifier (EA) as an advanced innovative reactor which utilizes a neutron spallation source induced by protons as an external source in a subcritical array imbibed a molten lead coolant which, besides being breeder and waste burner, generates energy. This paper introduces some qualitative changes in Rubbia's concept such as more than one point of spallation, in order to reduce the requirement in the energy and current of the accelerator, and mainly to make a more flat neutron distribution. The subcritical core which in Rubbia's concept is an hexagonal array of pins immersed in a molten lead coolant is replaced by a concept of a solid lead calandria with the fuel elements in channels cooled by helium, allowing on line refueling or shuffling, and the utilization of a direct thermodynamic cycle (Brayton), which is more efficient than a vapor cycle. Although the calculations to demonstrate the feasibility of the EA alternative concept are underway and not yet finished, these ideas do not violate the basic physics of the EA, as showed in this paper, with evident advantages in the fuel cycle (on line refueling); reduced requirements in the accelerator complex, which is more realistic and economical in today accelerators technology; and finally the utilization of He as coolant compared with molten Pb is more close to the proved technology given the know how of gas cooled reactors and more efficient from the thermodynamic point of view, allowing simplification and the utilization in other process, besides electricity generation, as hydrogen generation. (author)

  11. Control of fast-pulsed Power Converters at CERN using a function generator controller

    Murillo Garcia, Raul; Magrans De Abril, Marc

    2015-01-01

    The electrical power converter group at CERN is responsible for the design of fast-pulsed power converters. These generate a flat-top pulse of the order of a few milliseconds. Control of these power converters is orchestrated by an embedded computer, known as the Function Generator/Controller (FGC). The FGC is the main component in the so-called RegFGC3 chassis, which also houses a variety of purpose-built cards. Ensuring the generation of the pulse at a precise moment, typically when the beam passes, is paramount to the correct behaviour of the accelerator. To that end, the timing distribution and posterior handling by the FGC must be well defined. Also important is the ability to provide operational feedback, and to configure the FGC, the converter, and the pulse characteristics. This paper presents an overview of the system architecture as well as the results obtained during the commissioning of this control solution in CERN’s new Linac4.

  12. Fast Decompression Of Ultra-Thin Targets For High-Energy, High-Contrast Laser Pulses

    Antici, P.; Fuchs, J.; Lefebvre, E.; Gremillet, L.; Brambrink, E.; Audebert, P.; Pépin, H.

    2010-02-01

    In the laser-plasma interaction process, for ultra-high temporal contrast laser pulses, experimental measurements show that reducing the thickness of solid targets increases the laser-to-fast electrons energy conversion and the hot electron temperature. We have performed an experiment using the LULI 100 TW laser facility working in the chirped pulse amplification (CPA) mode at a wavelength λ0 = 1.057 μm, pulse duration 320 fs, laser spot size FWHM ˜6 μm and intensity ˜1×1018 W/cm2 in which the laser pulses were temporal-contrast enhanced by the use of two plasma mirrors. Shots were performed on Si3N4 aluminum coated targets of thickness 30 nm to 500 nm. Spectra of the laser-accelerated electrons were recorded with a spectrometer and are compared to PIC simulations performed with the CALDER code. The simulations allow an insight into the electron heating process during the laser-matter interaction.

  13. Vein of Galen aneurysm: MRI with a fast gradient refocusing pulse sequence

    A case of vein of Galen aneurysm, studied with a fast gradient refocusing pulse MRI sequence, is presented. Fast MRI sequences allowed the acquisition of additional hemodynamic information that was not available with either routine MRI or angiography. (orig.)

  14. A fast sequence assembly method based on compressed data structures.

    Liang, Peifeng; Zhang, Yancong; Lin, Kui; Hu, Jinglu

    2014-01-01

    Assembling a large genome using next generation sequencing reads requires large computer memory and a long execution time. To reduce these requirements, a memory and time efficient assembler is presented from applying FM-index in JR-Assembler, called FMJ-Assembler, where FM stand for FMR-index derived from the FM-index and BWT and J for jumping extension. The FMJ-Assembler uses expanded FM-index and BWT to compress data of reads to save memory and jumping extension method make it faster in CPU time. An extensive comparison of the FMJ-Assembler with current assemblers shows that the FMJ-Assembler achieves a better or comparable overall assembly quality and requires lower memory use and less CPU time. All these advantages of the FMJ-Assembler indicate that the FMJ-Assembler will be an efficient assembly method in next generation sequencing technology. PMID:25569963

  15. An Experimental Study of a Pulsed Electromagnetic Plasma Accelerator

    Thio, Y. C. Francis; Eskridge, Richard; Lee, Mike; Smith, James; Martin, Adam; Markusic, Tom E.; Cassibry, Jason T.; Rodgers, Stephen L. (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Experiments are being performed on the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) pulsed electromagnetic plasma accelerator (PEPA-0). Data produced from the experiments provide an opportunity to further understand the plasma dynamics in these thrusters via detailed computational modeling. The detailed and accurate understanding of the plasma dynamics in these devices holds the key towards extending their capabilities in a number of applications, including their applications as high power (greater than 1 MW) thrusters, and their use for producing high-velocity, uniform plasma jets for experimental purposes. For this study, the 2-D MHD modeling code, MACH2, is used to provide detailed interpretation of the experimental data. At the same time, a 0-D physics model of the plasma initial phase is developed to guide our 2-D modeling studies.

  16. Note: A pulsed laser ion source for linear induction accelerators

    Zhang, H., E-mail: bamboobbu@hotmail.com [Institute of Fluid Physics, China Academy of Engineering Physics, P.O. Box 919-106, Mianyang 621900 (China); School of Physics, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Zhang, K.; Shen, Y.; Jiang, X.; Dong, P.; Liu, Y.; Wang, Y.; Chen, D.; Pan, H.; Wang, W.; Jiang, W.; Long, J.; Xia, L.; Shi, J.; Zhang, L.; Deng, J. [Institute of Fluid Physics, China Academy of Engineering Physics, P.O. Box 919-106, Mianyang 621900 (China)

    2015-01-15

    We have developed a high-current laser ion source for induction accelerators. A copper target was irradiated by a frequency-quadrupled Nd:YAG laser (266 nm) with relatively low intensities of 10{sup 8} W/cm{sup 2}. The laser-produced plasma supplied a large number of Cu{sup +} ions (∼10{sup 12} ions/pulse) during several microseconds. Emission spectra of the plasma were observed and the calculated electron temperature was about 1 eV. An induction voltage adder extracted high-current ion beams over 0.5 A/cm{sup 2} from a plasma-prefilled gap. The normalized beam emittance measured by a pepper-pot method was smaller than 1 π mm mrad.

  17. High spatial resolution fast-neutron imaging detectors for Pulsed Fast-Neutron Transmission Spectroscopy

    Mor, I; Vartsky, D; Bar, D; Feldman, G; Goldberg, M B; Katz, D; Sayag, E; Shmueli, I; Cohen, Y; Tal, A; Vagish, Z [Soreq NRC, 81800 Yavne (Israel); Bromberger, B; Dangendorf, V; Mugai, D; Tittelmeier, K; Weierganz, M [Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), 38116 Braunschweig (Germany)], E-mail: ilmor@soreq.gov.il

    2009-05-15

    Two generations of a novel detector for high-resolution transmission imaging and spectrometry of fast-neutrons are presented. These devices are based on a hydrogenous fiber scintillator screen and single- or multiple-gated intensified camera systems (ICCD). This detector is designed for energy-selective neutron radiography with nanosecond-pulsed broad-energy (1-10 MeV) neutron beams. Utilizing the Time-of-Flight (TOF) method, such a detector is capable of simultaneously capturing several images, each at a different neutron energy (TOF). In addition, a gamma-ray image can also be simultaneously registered, allowing combined neutron/gamma inspection of objects. This permits combining the sensitivity of the fast-neutron resonance method to low-Z elements with that of gamma radiography to high-Z materials.

  18. High Spatial Resolution Fast-Neutron Imaging Detectors for Pulsed Fast-Neutron Transmission Spectroscopy

    Mor, I; Bar, D; Feldman, G; Goldberg, M B; Katz, D; Sayag, E; Shmueli, I; Cohen, Y; Tal, A; Vagish, Z; Bromberger, B; Dangendorf, V; Mugai, D; Tittelmeier, K; Weierganz, M

    2009-01-01

    Two generations of a novel detector for high-resolution transmission imaging and spectrometry of fast-neutrons are presented. These devices are based on a hydrogenous fiber scintillator screen and single- or multiple-gated intensified camera systems (ICCD). This detector is designed for energy-selective neutron radiography with nanosecond-pulsed broad-energy (1 - 10 MeV) neutron beams. Utilizing the Time-of-Flight (TOF) method, such a detector is capable of simultaneously capturing several images, each at a different neutron energy (TOF). In addition, a gamma-ray image can also be simultaneously registered, allowing combined neutron/gamma inspection of objects. This permits combining the sensitivity of the fast-neutron resonance method to low-Z elements with that of gamma radiography to high-Z materials.

  19. Divergence of fast ions generated by interaction of intense ultra-high contrast laser pulses with thin foils

    We propose an analytical model that analyzes the divergence of fast ion beams accelerated at the rear of thin foils irradiated with ultra-short intense laser pulses. We demonstrate the critical role played by the non-stationary character of the side components of the electric field, which is responsible for ion acceleration from the back of the foil. The model predictions are in very good agreement with 2D PIC simulations and with the experiments performed in the ultra-high-contrast regime as well.

  20. Subcritical assemblies with fast and thermal neutron spectrum driven with high intensity neutron generator NG-12-1

    Full text: The investigations in the field of nuclear physics, development of numerical calculation methods for nuclear reactors, neutron physics and etc. are carried out at the Joint Institute for Power and Nuclear Research - Sosny (JIPNR-Sosny) since the 60s after putting into operation the research reactor and the critical assemblies. A large range of different configuration (geometry,composition) of critical assemblies have been constructed at the NAS Belarus during 25 years of studding neutronic of the special (fast and thermal) reactors. The Chernobyl accident brought a massive public reaction to nuclear efforts and the reactor ceased operation in 1987 and was shut down in 1991 and all investigations using of the reactor neutrons were interrupted. Closure of the reactor led to new endeavors being undertaken at NAS Belarus including the coupling of a high-yield neutron generator to a sub-critical assemblies fuelled with high enriched uranium. The neutron generator NG-12-1 consists of a high-current deuteron accelerator, highly effective water-cooling rotating Ti3H (TiD) 230 mm diameter target and has been operated since 1997 as intense continuous neutron source of (1.5-2.0) 1012 n/s at maximum with neutron energy 13.0 - 15.0 MeV and a continuous neutron source of (2.0-3.0) 1010 n/s at maximum with neutron energy 2.0- 3.0 MeV. When operating in the pulse mode the neutron beam pulse can be adjusted from 0.5μs up to 100μs and pulse repetition rate can be vary from 1 Hz to 10 000 Hz. According research program of the NAS of Belarus the experimental facility 'Yalina' consisting of the sub-critical assembly with neutron thermal spectrum (source neutron multiplication factor Ms of the assembly is in the range of 10 ≤ Ms ≥ 50), high intensity neutron generator and measurement systems was developed and put into operation in 2001. The core of the subcritical assembly is a rectangular parallelepiped 40.0cm width, 40.0cm length and 57.0 cm height. It is assembled

  1. Further finite element structural analysis of FAST Load Assembly

    The FAST (Fusion Advanced Study Torus) machine is a compact high magnetic field tokamak, that will allow to study in an integrated way the main operational issues relating to plasma-wall interaction, plasma operation and burning plasma physics in conditions relevant for ITER and DEMO. The present work deals with the structural analysis of the machine Load Assembly for a proposed new plasma scenario (10 MA – 8.5 T), aimed to increase the operational limits of the machine. A previous paper has dealt with an integrated set of finite element models (regarding a former reference scenario: 6.5 MA – 7.5 T) of the load assembly, including the Toroidal and Poloidal Field Coils and the supporting structure. This set of models has regarded the evaluation of magnetic field values, the evaluation of the electromagnetic forces and the temperatures in all the current-carrying conductors: these analysis have been a preparatory step for the evaluation of the stresses of the main structural components. The previous models have been analyzed further on and improved in some details, including the computation of the out-of-plane electromagnetic forces coming from the interaction between the poloidal magnetic field and the current flowing in the toroidal magnets. After this updating, the structural analysis has been executed, where all forces and temperatures, coming from the formerly mentioned most demanding scenario (10 MA – 8.5 T) and acting on the tokamak's main components, have been considered. The two sets of analysis regarding the reference scenario and the extreme one have been executed and a useful comparison has been carried on. The analyses were carried out by using the FEM code Ansys rel. 13

  2. A Concept for Directly Coupled Pulsed Electromagnetic Acceleration of Plasmas

    Thio, Y.C. Francis; Cassibry, Jason T.; Eskridge, Richard; Smith, James; Wu, S. T.; Rodgers, Stephen L. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    Plasma jets with high momentum flux density are required for a variety of applications in propulsion research. Methods of producing these plasma jets are being investigated at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. The experimental goal in the immediate future is to develop plasma accelerators which are capable of producing plasma jets with momentum flux density represented by velocities up to 200 km/s and ion density up to 10(exp 24) per cu m, with sufficient precision and reproducibility in their properties, and with sufficiently high efficiency. The jets must be sufficiently focused to allow them to be transported over several meters. A plasma accelerator concept is presented that might be able to meet these requirements. It is a self-switching, shaped coaxial pulsed plasma thruster, with focusing of the plasma flow by shaping muzzle current distribution as in plasma focus devices, and by mechanical tapering of the gun walls. Some 2-D MHD modeling in support of the conceptual design will be presented.

  3. Seismic analysis of new fuel assembly loading machine for China experimental fast reactor

    New fuel assembly loading machine of China Experiment Fast Reactor is a kind of kinetic equipment with very complex structure. Many of its motional and driving components can not be simulated exactly by finite element model (FEM). A simplified FEM analysis method was introduced in the paper, and the main frame of the equipment was simulated by a simplified FEM model. Response spectrum analysis method was used to obtain the acceleration response of the main components of the equipment under seismic condition. Theoretical analysis method was used to calculate the stresses of the main connecting bolts, and these bolts were evaluated based the regulations of nuclear codes to ensure the structure integrity of the equipment. (authors)

  4. Radiation damage effects and performance of power MOSFET using SPring-8 fast pulse driving power supply

    We have developed a compact and fast pulsed power supply system using in a fast kicker magnet system which is applied to suppress the perturbation of stored beam at injection to SPring-8 storage ring and to generate short pulsed synchrotron radiation in the SPring-8 storage ring. In this power supply system, we need a special specification to realize rapidity and high power output with compact system volume. We employed the system design to separate the output part from other components of the power supply system in order to place it near a beam pipe of the storage ring. By the employment of this system arrangement, it becomes easier not only to reduce the inductance to achieve above request specifications, but also to protect the main power supply components from radiation damage by placing them outside of the accelerator tunnel. We have employed Si Power MOSFETs as switching devices in the output part of the power supply system. By placing the output part beside of the beam pipe, the life of power MOSFETs naturally becomes to be affected an influence of the radiation. We assessed radiation damage for Si and SiC Power MOSFETs used in the actual operating system. Based on experimental results, we will discuss about the suitable switching device for our next generation power supply system from the point of view of Total Ionizing Dose (TID) effects. (author)

  5. Laser Zone Annealing - Accelerated Route to Self-Assembled Nanostructures

    Majewski, Pawel; Yager, Kevin; Rahman, Atikur; Black, Charles

    We present Laser Zone Annealing - a novel technique of accelerated self-assembly of block copolymer thin films utilizing laser light. In our approach, the laser beam, focused to a narrow line, is rastered across the polymer film coated on the light-absorbing substrate, inducing rapid and highly localized temperature transients in the film. By coupling our method with soft-shear, we demonstrate monolithic alignment of various cylinder-forming block copolymers over extremely short timescales. We utilize the aligned block copolymer films as templates for inorganic nanomaterials pattering. After delivery of inorganic precursors via aqueous or gaseous route, the polymer matrix is ashed leading to extremely well-ordered arrays of inorganic, metallic or semiconducting nanowires. Subsequently, we demonstrate how more complex nanostructures can be created with LZA including multilayered nanomeshes with symmetries beyond the conventional motifs accessible by native block copolymers. We investigate a perspective use of the inorganic arrays as transparent conductors or chemical sensors and characterize their anisotropic electro-optical properties. Research carried out in part at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, which is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, under Contract No. DE-AC02-98CH10886.

  6. Fast scaling of energetic protons generated in the interaction of linearly polarized femtosecond petawatt laser pulses with ultrathin targets

    Kim, I. Jong; Pae, Ki Hong; Kim, Chul Min; Kim, Hyung Taek; Choi, Il Woo; Lee, Chang-Lyoul; Singhal, Himanshu; Sung, Jae Hee; Lee, Seong Ku; Lee, Hwang Woon; Nickles, Peter V.; Jeong, Tae Moon; Nam, Chang Hee

    2015-12-01

    Laser-driven proton/ion acceleration is a rapidly developing research field attractive for both fundamental physics and applications such as hadron therapy, radiography, inertial confinement fusion, and nuclear/particle physics. Laser-driven proton/ion beams, compared to those obtained in conventional accelerators, have outstanding features such as low emittance, small source size, ultra-short duration and huge acceleration gradient of ∼1 MeV μm-1. We report proton acceleration from ultrathin polymer targets irradiated with linearly polarized, 30-fs, 1-PW Ti:sapphire laser pulses. A maximum proton energy of 45 MeV with a broad and modulated profile was obtained when a 10-nm-thick target was irradiated at a laser intensity of 3.3 × 1020 W/cm2. The transition from slow (I1/2) to fast scaling (I) of maximum proton energy with respect to laser intensity I was observed and explained by the hybrid acceleration mechanism including target normal sheath acceleration and radiation pressure acceleration in the acceleration stage and Coulomb-explosion-assisted free expansion in the post acceleration stage.

  7. Pulsed Light Accelerated Crosslinking versus Continuous Light Accelerated Crosslinking: One-Year Results

    Cosimo Mazzotta

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To compare functional results in two cohorts of patients undergoing epithelium-off pulsed (pl-ACXL and continuous light accelerated corneal collagen crosslinking (cl-ACXL with dextran-free riboflavin solution and high-fluence ultraviolet A irradiation. Design. It is a prospective, comparative, and interventional clinical study. Methods. 20 patients affected by progressive keratoconus were enrolled in the study. 10 eyes of 10 patients underwent an epithelium-off pl-ACXL by the KXL UV-A source (Avedro Inc., Waltham, MS, USA with 8 minutes (1 sec. on/1 sec. off of UV-A exposure at 30 mW/cm2 and energy dose of 7.2 J/cm2; 10 eyes of 10 patients underwent an epithelium-off cl-ACXL at 30 mW/cm2 for 4 minutes. Riboflavin 0.1% dextran-free solution was used for a 10-minutes corneal soaking. Patients underwent clinical examination of uncorrected distance visual acuity and corrected distance visual acuity (UDVA and CDVA, corneal topography and aberrometry (CSO EyeTop, Florence, Italy, corneal OCT optical pachymetry (Cirrus OCT, Zeiss Meditec, Jena, Germany, endothelial cells count (I-Conan Non Co Robot, and in vivo scanning laser confocal microscopy (Heidelberg, Germany at 1, 3, 6, and 12 months of follow-up. Results. Functional results one year after cl-ACXL and pl-ACXL demonstrated keratoconus stability in both groups. Functional outcomes were found to be better in epithelium-off pulsed light accelerated treatment together with showing a deeper stromal penetration. No endothelial damage was recorded during the follow-up in both groups. Conclusions. The study confirmed that oxygen represents the main driver of collagen crosslinking reaction. Pulsed light treatment optimized intraoperative oxygen availability improving postoperative functional outcomes compared with continuous light treatment.

  8. Analog optical transmission of fast photomultiplier pulses over distances of 2 km

    Karle, A; Cichos, S; Hundertmark, S; Pandel, D; Spiering, C; Streicher, O; Thon, T; Wiebusch, C; Wischnewski, R

    1997-01-01

    New LED-transmitters have been used to develop a new method of fast analog transmission of PMT pulses over large distances. The transmitters, consisting basically of InGaAsP LEDs with the maximum emission of light at 1300 nm, allow the transmission of fast photomultiplier pulses over distances of more than 2 km. The shape of the photomultiplier pulses is maintained, with an attenuation less than 1 dB/km. Typical applications of analog optical signal transmission are surface air shower detectors and underwater/ice neutrino experiments, which measure fast Cherenkov or scintillator pulses at large detector distances to the central DAQ system.

  9. Electron acceleration driven by ultrashort and nonparaxial radially polarized laser pulses.

    Marceau, Vincent; April, Alexandre; Piché, Michel

    2012-07-01

    Exact closed-form solutions to Maxwell's equations are used to investigate the acceleration of electrons in vacuum driven by ultrashort and nonparaxial radially polarized laser pulses. We show that the threshold power above which significant acceleration takes place is greatly reduced by using a tighter focus. Moreover, electrons accelerated by tightly focused single-cycle laser pulses may reach around 80% of the theoretical energy gain limit, about twice the value previously reported with few-cycle paraxial pulses. Our results demonstrate that the direct acceleration of electrons in vacuum is well within reach of current laser technology. PMID:22743415

  10. Study of Homogeneous Core Assemblies Using Pulsed Neutron Sources

    The pulsed neutron technique was there applied to the study of light-water-moderated homogeneous core assemblies, using fissile materials in solution form it is easy to achieve large variations in geometrical buckling and moderation ratio. In the initial series of experiments, the fuel consisted of U235 or U238 in the form of uranyl nitrate. The solution concentrations used varied from 44 to 326 g of uranium per litre. Adoption of a coherent series of cross-sections made it possible to deduce, from the variations in the prompt neutron decay constant as a function of geometrical buckling, data on the non-leakage probability and the slowing-down area. We adopted effective cross-sections calculated on the basis of assimilating light water to a secondary differential thermalizer. Interesting comparisons are made possible by the use of two fissile materials with markedly different η and resonance capture values. In a second series of experiments, devoted mainly to safety measures, we were able to deduce the maximum permissible concentrations in various containers at processing plants by measuring the prompt neutron decay constants in weak plutonium nitrate solutions. (author)

  11. Sync control of X-ray pulse in ICT driven by linear accelerator

    It is very important to synchronize the ray pulse frequency of accelerator with data acquisition cycle of Industrial Computed Tomography (ICT) when using accelerator as ray source. This paper analyzes the original signal of CT and designs a sync control circuit which can make the accelerator produce respectively 2, 3 or 4 X-ray pulses in one data acquisition cycle. The minimum average rate of X-ray intensity can meet the requirement of image reconstruction for high density material

  12. Nanosecond neutron pulse generation in diode acceleration tubes with vacuum arc discharge and laser deuteron sources

    Nonsteady process of deuteron pulse formation and acceleration to neutron produced target at vacuum acceleration tubes is investigated. Deuterons are emitted from vacuum arc discharge or laser deuteron sources. This generation mechanism has been studied by numerical simulations using a relativistic electromagnetic PIC code. The results obtained shows essential dependence of deuteron plasma emission, forming and accelerating processes in diode from the final deuteron current. Neutron flow calculation can be done based on short pulse dynamic investigation.

  13. Important concepts in the assembly and early characterization of the PBFA II accelerator

    Some of the concepts for orchestrating large numbers of events associated with accelerator assembly and characterization include: (1) structuring of activity into smaller workable and trackable packages, with associated subelements assigned to each section of the accelerator. (2) establishing detailed assembly and characterization documentation to assist in component testing and subsystem integration. (3) structuring the project team for efficient communication, identification of responsibility, and capability for problem and conflict resolution. (4) developing technologies for receival, inventory, controlled storage, staging, and phased installation and testing of components and pieceparts. The application of these and other concepts to PBFA II, and the progress of accelerator assembly is discussed

  14. Important concepts in the assembly and early characterization of the PBFA 2 accelerator

    Goldstein, S. A.; Clevenger, R. J.; Donovan, G. L.; Holman, G. T.; Johnston, R. R.; Nations, D. R.

    Some of the concepts for orchestrating large numbers of events associated with accelerator assembly and characterization include: (1) structuring of activity into smaller workable and trackable packages, with associated subelements assigned to each section of the accelerator, (2) establishing detailed assembly and characterization documentation to assist in component testing and subsystem integration, (3) structuring the project team for efficient communication, identification of responsibility, and capability for problem and conflict resolution, and (4) developing technologies for receival, inventory, controlled storage, staging, and phased installation and testing of components and pieceparts. The application of these and other concepts to PBFA II, and the progress of accelerator assembly is discussed.

  15. Experimental Studies on Assemblies 1 and 2 of the Fast Reactor FR-0. Part 2

    In a first part of this report, published as AE-195, an account was given of critical mass determinations and measurements of flux distribution and reaction ratios in the first assemblies of the fast zero power reactor FR0. This second part of the report deals with various investigations involving the measurement of reactivity. Control rod calibrations have been made using the positive period, the inverse multiplication, the rod drop and the pulsed source techniques, and show satisfactory agreement between the various methods. The reactivity worths of samples of different materials and different sizes have been measured at the core centre. Comparisons with perturbation calculations show that the regular and adjoint fluxes are well predicted in the central region of the core. The variation in the prompt neutron life-time with reactivity has been studied by means of the pulsed source and the Rossi-α techniques. Comparison with one region calculations reveals large discrepancies, indicating that this simple model is inadequate. Some investigations of streaming effects in an empty channel in the reactor and of interaction effects between channels have been made and are compared with theoretical estimates. Measurements of the reactivity worth of an air gap between the reactor halves and of the temperature coefficient are also described in the report. The work has been performed as a joint effort by AB Atomenergi and the Research Institute of National Defence

  16. Experimental study of the neutronics of the first gas cooled fast reactor benchmark assembly (GCFR phase I assembly)

    Bhattacharyya, S.K.

    1976-12-01

    The Gas Cooled Fast Reactor (GCFR) Phase I Assembly is the first in a series of ZPR-9 critical assemblies designed to provide a reference set of reactor physics measurements in support of the 300 MW(e) GCFR Demonstration Plant designed by General Atomic Company. The Phase I Assembly was the first complete mockup of a GCFR core ever built. A set of basic reactor physics measurements were performed in the assembly to characterize the neutronics of the assembly and assess the impact of the neutron streaming on the various integral parameters. The analysis of the experiments was carried out using ENDF/B-IV based data and two-dimensional diffusion theory methods. The Benoist method of using directional diffusion coefficients was used to treat the anisotropic effects of neutron streaming within the framework of diffusion theory. Calculated predictions of most integral parameters in the GCFR showed the same kinds of agreements with experiment as in earlier LMFBR assemblies.

  17. An optimized neutron-beam shaping assembly for accelerator-based BNCT

    Different materials and proton beam energies have been studied in order to search for an optimized neutron production target and beam shaping assembly for accelerator-based BNCT. The solution proposed in this work consists of successive stacks of Al, polytetrafluoroethylene, commercially known as Teflon[reg ], and LiF as moderator and neutron absorber, and Pb as reflector. This assembly is easy to build and its cost is relatively low. An exhaustive Monte Carlo simulation study has been performed evaluating the doses delivered to a Snyder model head phantom by a neutron production Li-metal target based on the 7Li(p,n)7Be reaction for proton bombarding energies of 1.92, 2.0, 2.3 and 2.5 MeV. Three moderator thicknesses have been studied and the figures of merit show the advantage of irradiating with near-resonance-energy protons (2.3 MeV) because of the relatively high neutron yield at this energy, which at the same time keeps the fast neutron healthy tissue dose limited and leads to the lowest treatment times. A moderator of 34 cm length has shown the best performance among the studied cases

  18. Proton Acceleration in Underdense Plasma by Ultraintense Laguerre-Gaussian Laser Pulse

    Zhang, Xiaomei; Zhang, Lingang; Xu, Jiancai; Wang, Xiaofeng; Wang, Wenpeng; Yi, Longqiong; Shi, Yin

    2014-01-01

    Three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulation is used to investigate the witness proton acceleration in underdense plasma with a short intense Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) laser pulse. Driven by the LG10 laser pulse, a special bubble with an electron pillar on the axis is formed, in which protons can be well-confined by the generated transversal focusing field and accelerated by the longitudinal wakefield. The risk of scattering prior to acceleration with a Gaussian laser pulse in underdense plasma is avoided, and protons are accelerated stably to much higher energy. In simulation, a proton beam has been accelerated to 7 GeV from 1 GeV in underdense tritium plasma driven by a 2.14x1022 W/cm2 LG10 laser pulse.

  19. Acceleration of Initially Moving Electrons by a Copropagation Intense Laser Pulse

    JING Guo-Liang; YU Wei; LI Ying-Jun; SENECHA Vinod; CHEN Zhao-Yang; LEI An-Le

    2008-01-01

    Acceleration of an initially moving electron by a copropagation ultra-short ultra-intense laser pulse in vacuum is studied. It is shown that when appropriate laser pulse parameters and focusing conditions are imposed, the acceleration of electron by ascending front of laser pulse can be much stronger compared to the deceleration by descending part. Consequently, the electron can obtain significantly high net energy gain. We also report the results of the new scheme that enables a second-step acceleration of electron using laser pulses of peak intensity in the range of 1019 - 1020 Wμm2/cm2. In the first step the electron acceleration from rest is limited to energies of a few MeV, while in the second step the electron acceleration can be considerably enhanced to about 100 MeV energy.

  20. Pulse-burst laser systems for fast Thomson scattering (invited)

    Two standard commercial flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG (YAG denotes yttrium aluminum garnet) lasers have been upgraded to ''pulse-burst'' capability. Each laser produces a burst of up to 15 2 J Q-switched pulses (1064 nm) at repetition rates of 1-12.5 kHz. Variable pulse-width drive (0.15-0.39 ms) of the flashlamps is accomplished by insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) switching of electrolytic capacitor banks. Direct control of the laser Pockels cell drive enables optimal pulse energy extraction, and up to four 2 J laser pulses during one flashlamp pulse. These lasers are used in the Thomson scattering plasma diagnostic system on the MST reversed-field pinch to record the dynamic evolution of the electron temperature profile and temperature fluctuations. To further these investigations, a custom pulse-burst laser system with a maximum pulse repetition rate of 250 kHz is now being commissioned.

  1. Pulse-burst laser systems for fast Thomson scattering (invited).

    Den Hartog, D J; Ambuel, J R; Borchardt, M T; Falkowski, A F; Harris, W S; Holly, D J; Parke, E; Reusch, J A; Robl, P E; Stephens, H D; Yang, Y M

    2010-10-01

    Two standard commercial flashlamp-pumped Nd:YAG (YAG denotes yttrium aluminum garnet) lasers have been upgraded to "pulse-burst" capability. Each laser produces a burst of up to 15 2 J Q-switched pulses (1064 nm) at repetition rates of 1-12.5 kHz. Variable pulse-width drive (0.15-0.39 ms) of the flashlamps is accomplished by insulated gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) switching of electrolytic capacitor banks. Direct control of the laser Pockels cell drive enables optimal pulse energy extraction, and up to four 2 J laser pulses during one flashlamp pulse. These lasers are used in the Thomson scattering plasma diagnostic system on the MST reversed-field pinch to record the dynamic evolution of the electron temperature profile and temperature fluctuations. To further these investigations, a custom pulse-burst laser system with a maximum pulse repetition rate of 250 kHz is now being commissioned. PMID:21033868

  2. Power supply and control system of the gun for an electron pulse high-current accelerator

    The control and supply system is described intended for a gun of the EhLIT-L high-current pulsed electron accelerator. The accelerator parameters are as follows: electron energy of 500 KeV, current of 600 A, accelerating voltage semiwave duration of 15 μs, current pulse duration of 0.5 μs, pulse frequency of 5 Hz, max. The required parameters of the master pulse are: voltage of 0 to 60 kV; current up to 200 A; pulse duration of 500 ns; edge duration below 70 ns; amplitude instability +-5%; pulse frequency of 10 Hz, max.; the filament power drain of the gun is 1500 W

  3. Time-of-flight techniques applied to neutron spectra measurements in fast subcritical assemblies

    Time-of-flight measurements on Uranium-Graphite assemblies were performed using the BCMN linear accelerator. Methods to provide scalar spectra averaged over a core cell from these experimental results are described

  4. Structural Materials for Liquid Metal Cooled Fast Reactor Fuel Assemblies. Operational Behaviour

    One of the IAEA's statutory objectives is to 'seek to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world'. One way this objective is achieved is through the publication of a range of technical series. Two of these are the IAEA Nuclear Energy Series and the IAEA Safety Standards Series. According to Article III.A.6 of the IAEA Statute, the safety standards establish 'standards of safety for protection of health and minimization of danger to life and property.' The safety standards include the Safety Fundamentals, Safety Requirements and Safety Guides. These standards are written primarily in a regulatory style, and are binding on the IAEA for its own programmes. The principal users are the regulatory bodies in Member States and other national authorities. The IAEA Nuclear Energy Series comprises reports designed to encourage and assist R and D on, and application of, nuclear energy for peaceful uses. This includes practical examples to be used by owners and operators of utilities in Member States, implementing organizations, academia, and government officials, among others. This information is presented in guides, reports on technology status and advances, and best practices for peaceful uses of nuclear energy based on inputs from international experts. The IAEA Nuclear Energy Series complements the IAEA Safety Standards Series. This report summarizes the results of two IAEA sponsored technical meetings, conducted in 2008 and 2011, and associated consultancies directed toward a common set of goals. These technical meetings and their venues were as follows: - IAEA Technical Meeting on Status and Trends of Stainless Steel Cladding and Fuel Assembly Materials and Components for LMR, held in Hyderabad, India, 2-4 July 2008; - IAEA Technical Meeting on Design, Manufacturing and Irradiation Behaviour of Fast Reactor Fuels, held in Obninsk, Russian Federation, 30 May-3 June 2011. One of the main objectives of these

  5. Electron acceleration by relativistic laser pulse on the front of solid targets

    The mechanism of electron acceleration and extraction during propagation of an ultra-relativistic laser pulse in an underdense plasma in front of a solid target has been studied. When laser pulse reaches the target surface the accelerated electrons move forward inertially and gain high energy which scales proportionally to the laser intensity. The energy conversion efficiency into these electrons is ∼ne/2nc if the plasma thickness exceeds the laser pulse width. The backward electrons accelerated by the reflected light accumulate significantly higher energy though their total number is less. (author)

  6. Fast Scintillation Probes For Investigation Of Pulsed Neutron Radiation From Small Fusion Devices

    This paper presents the design as well as laboratory/performance tests results taken by means of the fast scintillation probes. The design of each scintillation probe is based on photomultiplier tube hybrid assembly, which--besides photomultiplier itself--also includes high-voltage divider optimized for recording of fast radiation bursts. Plastic scintillators with short-time response are applied as hard X-ray and neutron radiation detectors. Heavy-duty probe's housing provides efficient shielding against electromagnetic interference and allows carrying out pulsed neutron measurements in a harsh electromagnetic environment. The crucial parameters of scintillation probes have been examined during laboratory tests in which our investigations have been aimed mainly to determine: a time response, an anode radiant sensitivity and an electron transit time dependence on high-voltage supply. During the performance tests, the relative calibration of probes set has been done. It allowed to carry out very accurate measurements of neutron emission anisotropy and investigations of neutron radiation scattering by different materials. The usefulness of presented scintillation probes - embedded in the neutron time-of-flight diagnostic system was proven during experimental campaigns conducted on the plasma-focus PF1000 device

  7. General purpose pulse shape analysis for fast scintillators implemented in digital readout electronics

    Asztalos, Stephen J.; Hennig, Wolfgang; Warburton, William K.

    2016-01-01

    Pulse shape discrimination applied to certain fast scintillators is usually performed offline. In sufficiently high-event rate environments data transfer and storage become problematic, which suggests a different analysis approach. In response, we have implemented a general purpose pulse shape analysis algorithm in the XIA Pixie-500 and Pixie-500 Express digital spectrometers. In this implementation waveforms are processed in real time, reducing the pulse characteristics to a few pulse shape analysis parameters and eliminating time-consuming waveform transfer and storage. We discuss implementation of these features, their advantages, necessary trade-offs and performance. Measurements from bench top and experimental setups using fast scintillators and XIA processors are presented.

  8. Photon acceleration in the amplified plasma density wake of two copropagating laser pulses

    Photon acceleration of a laser pulse occurs in a medium with a space and time-varying permittivity. Using Hamiltonian formulation, a theoretical study of the frequency upshift of a probe laser pulse, which is considered as a ''quasiphoton'' or ''test particle,'' propagating through an amplified plasma density wake of two copropagating laser pulses, is presented. The linear superposition of wakefields studied using an analytical model shows that the presence of a controlling pulse amplifies the wake of a driver pulse. The amplified wake amplitude can be controlled by varying the delay between the two pulses. Two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations demonstrate wake superposition due to the two copropagating laser pulses. A phase space analysis shows that the probe photon can experience a significant frequency upshift in the amplified density wake. Furthermore, the range of photon frequencies trapped and accelerated is determined by the amplitude of the density wake.

  9. Investigation of laser-driven proton acceleration using ultra-short, ultra-intense laser pulses

    We report optimization of laser-driven proton acceleration, for a range of experimental parameters available from a single ultrafast Ti:sapphire laser system. We have characterized laser-generated protons produced at the rear and front target surfaces of thin solid targets (15 nm to 90 μm thicknesses) irradiated with an ultra-intense laser pulse (up to 1020 W⋅cm−2, pulse duration 30 to 500 fs, and pulse energy 0.1 to 1.8 J). We find an almost symmetric behaviour for protons accelerated from rear and front sides, and a linear scaling of proton energy cut-off with increasing pulse energy. At constant laser intensity, we observe that the proton cut-off energy increases with increasing laser pulse duration, then roughly constant for pulses longer than 300 fs. Finally, we demonstrate that there is an optimum target thickness and pulse duration.

  10. Investigation of laser-driven proton acceleration using ultra-short, ultra-intense laser pulses

    Fourmaux, S.; Gnedyuk, S.; Lassonde, P.; Payeur, S.; Pepin, H.; Kieffer, J. C. [INRS-EMT, Universite du Quebec, 1650 Lionel Boulet, Varennes, Quebec J3X 1S2 (Canada); Buffechoux, S.; Albertazzi, B. [INRS-EMT, Universite du Quebec, 1650 Lionel Boulet, Varennes, Quebec J3X 1S2 (Canada); LULI, UMR 7605, CNRS - CEA - Universite Paris 6 - Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Capelli, D.; Antici, P. [LULI, UMR 7605, CNRS - CEA - Universite Paris 6 - Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Dipartimento SBAI, Sapienza, Universita di Roma, Via Scarpa 16, 00161 Roma (Italy); Levy, A.; Fuchs, J. [LULI, UMR 7605, CNRS - CEA - Universite Paris 6 - Ecole Polytechnique, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Lecherbourg, L.; Marjoribanks, R. S. [Department of Physics and Institute for Optical Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A7 (Canada)

    2013-01-15

    We report optimization of laser-driven proton acceleration, for a range of experimental parameters available from a single ultrafast Ti:sapphire laser system. We have characterized laser-generated protons produced at the rear and front target surfaces of thin solid targets (15 nm to 90 {mu}m thicknesses) irradiated with an ultra-intense laser pulse (up to 10{sup 20} W Dot-Operator cm{sup -2}, pulse duration 30 to 500 fs, and pulse energy 0.1 to 1.8 J). We find an almost symmetric behaviour for protons accelerated from rear and front sides, and a linear scaling of proton energy cut-off with increasing pulse energy. At constant laser intensity, we observe that the proton cut-off energy increases with increasing laser pulse duration, then roughly constant for pulses longer than 300 fs. Finally, we demonstrate that there is an optimum target thickness and pulse duration.

  11. High-powered pulsed-ion-beam acceleration and transport

    The state of research on intense ion beam acceleration and transport is reviewed. The limitations imposed on ion beam transport by space charge effects and methods available for neutralization are summarized. The general problem of ion beam neutralization in regions free of applied electric fields is treated. The physics of acceleration gaps is described. Finally, experiments on multi-stage ion acceleration are summarized

  12. Installation of a 100 kJ pulsed power system to drive pulsed plasma devices

    A pulsed-plasma accelerator is being developed at CPP-IPR, Assam. The accelerator consists of a co-axial electrode assembly housed inside an evacuated chamber that can produce high speed plasma stream of density approximately equal to 1022 m-3. For driving this plasma accelerator, a Pulsed Power System (PPS) of energy nearly 200kJ will be coupled to the electrode assembly. The voltage appearing across the electrode assembly will breakdown the gas present in the inter-electrode gap and create high density plasma. In this paper, the installation of a 100kJ PPS will be discussed, which is one module of the 200 kJ PPS of the plasma accelerator. In general, the conventional high voltage PPS is basically for producing fast output pulses (time periods of few microseconds) according to their uses. In contrast to that, the newly installed pulsed power system at CPP-IPR will produce relatively longer pulse of time period around 1.0ms. This PPS consists of 5 capacitors of rating 180μF, 15 kV each, connected in parallel by using two parallel plates of SS. The newly installed 100kJ bank has been tested and the detailed report of installation and testing will be presented. (author)

  13. Fast Track Teaching: Beginning the Experiment in Accelerated Leadership Development

    Churches, Richard; Hutchinson, Geraldine; Jones, Jeff

    2009-01-01

    This article provides an overview of the development of the Fast Track teaching programme and personalised nature of the training and support that has been delivered. Fast Track teacher promotion rates are compared to national statistics demonstrating significant progression for certain groups, particularly women. (Contains 3 tables and 3 figures.)

  14. Readjoiner: a fast and memory efficient string graph-based sequence assembler

    Gonnella Giorgio; Kurtz Stefan

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Ongoing improvements in throughput of the next-generation sequencing technologies challenge the current generation of de novo sequence assemblers. Most recent sequence assemblers are based on the construction of a de Bruijn graph. An alternative framework of growing interest is the assembly string graph, not necessitating a division of the reads into k-mers, but requiring fast algorithms for the computation of suffix-prefix matches among all pairs of reads. Results Here we...

  15. Experimental research of local hydrodynamic characteristics of fast reactor fuel assembly peripheral zone. 4

    Measurements were made of shear stress distribution and the velocity field of an aerodynamic model of the fast breeder reactor fuel assembly periphery. The effect was studied of a 50% disturbance of the geometry of a corner rod in a fuel assembly as against normal geometry. The coefficient of friction in the channel was assessed in dependence on the Reynolds number. The distribution of shear stresses in the walls of the fuel assembly and on spacers is graphically represented. (M.D.)

  16. Generation of heavy ion beams using femtosecond laser pulses in the target normal sheath acceleration and radiation pressure acceleration regimes

    Petrov, G. M.; McGuffey, C.; Thomas, A. G. R.; Krushelnick, K.; Beg, F. N.

    2016-06-01

    Theoretical study of heavy ion acceleration from sub-micron gold foils irradiated by a short pulse laser is presented. Using two dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, the time history of the laser pulse is examined in order to get insight into the laser energy deposition and ion acceleration process. For laser pulses with intensity 3 × 10 21 W / cm 2 , duration 32 fs, focal spot size 5 μm, and energy 27 J, the calculated reflection, transmission, and coupling coefficients from a 20 nm foil are 80%, 5%, and 15%, respectively. The conversion efficiency into gold ions is 8%. Two highly collimated counter-propagating ion beams have been identified. The forward accelerated gold ions have average and maximum charge-to-mass ratio of 0.25 and 0.3, respectively, maximum normalized energy 25 MeV/nucleon, and flux 2 × 10 11 ions / sr . An analytical model was used to determine a range of foil thicknesses suitable for acceleration of gold ions in the radiation pressure acceleration regime and the onset of the target normal sheath acceleration regime. The numerical simulations and analytical model point to at least four technical challenges hindering the heavy ion acceleration: low charge-to-mass ratio, limited number of ions amenable to acceleration, delayed acceleration, and high reflectivity of the plasma. Finally, a regime suitable for heavy ion acceleration has been identified in an alternative approach by analyzing the energy absorption and distribution among participating species and scaling of conversion efficiency, maximum energy, and flux with laser intensity.

  17. Fast neutron leakage in 18 MeV medical electron accelerator

    Paredes, L; Balcazar, M; Tavera, L; Camacho, E

    1999-01-01

    In this work the neutron fluence of the Varian Clinac 2100C Medical Accelerator has been evaluated using CR39 track dosimeter. The assessment of fast neutron dose to a patient for typical treatment of 200 cGy with an 18 MV photons beam is performed at surface-source distance of 100 cm with a field size of 20x20 cm sup 2. Fast neutron leakage around of the accelerator head is evaluated.

  18. Optimizing chirped laser pulse parameters for electron acceleration in vacuum

    Akhyani, Mina; Jahangiri, Fazel; Niknam, Ali Reza; Massudi, Reza, E-mail: r-massudi@sbu.ac.ir [Laser and Plasma Research Institute, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran 1983969411 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-11-14

    Electron dynamics in the field of a chirped linearly polarized laser pulse is investigated. Variations of electron energy gain versus chirp parameter, time duration, and initial phase of laser pulse are studied. Based on maximizing laser pulse asymmetry, a numerical optimization procedure is presented, which leads to the elimination of rapid fluctuations of gain versus the chirp parameter. Instead, a smooth variation is observed that considerably reduces the accuracy required for experimentally adjusting the chirp parameter.

  19. Multichannel computerized control system of current pulses in LIU-30 electron accelerator

    In LIU-30 power linear pulsed induction electron accelerator (40 MeV, 10 kA, 25 ns) 288 radial lines with water insulation serve as energy accumulators and shapers of accelerating voltage pulses. The lines are charged simultaneously up to 500 kV using a system comprising 72 Arkadiev-Marx screened generators. To control parameter of synchronous pulses of charging current with up to 60 kA amplitude and 0.85 μs duration in every of 72 charging circuits one applies a computer-aided system. Current pulse is recorded at output of every generator using the Rogowski coil signal from which via a cable line is transmitted to an analog-digital converter, is processed with 50 ns sampling and is recorded to a memory unit. Upon actuation of accelerator the signals are sequentially or selectively displayed and are compared with pulse typical shape

  20. Multichannel computerized control system of current pulses in LIU-30 electron accelerator

    Gerasimov, A I; Kulgavchuk, V V; Pluzhnikov, A V

    2002-01-01

    In LIU-30 power linear pulsed induction electron accelerator (40 MeV, 10 kA, 25 ns) 288 radial lines with water insulation serve as energy accumulators and shapers of accelerating voltage pulses. The lines are charged simultaneously up to 500 kV using a system comprising 72 Arkadiev-Marx screened generators. To control parameter of synchronous pulses of charging current with up to 60 kA amplitude and 0.85 mu s duration in every of 72 charging circuits one applies a computer-aided system. Current pulse is recorded at output of every generator using the Rogowski coil signal from which via a cable line is transmitted to an analog-digital converter, is processed with 50 ns sampling and is recorded to a memory unit. Upon actuation of accelerator the signals are sequentially or selectively displayed and are compared with pulse typical shape

  1. Device for transferring fast nuclear reactor fuel assemblies

    The description is given of a device for transferring fuel assemblies between a storage position near the reactor vessel and a position where the irradiated assemblies are evacuated and the provision of new assemblies for the reactor. This device can be dismantled and is movable as a whole for its successive use on several reactors and includes: - a platform mounted so as to rotate on a support made to rest on the structure of the reactor, the platform having at least one opening then being horizontal and mobile about a vertical axis to bring the opening successively in position with vertical wells giving access to the storage and evacuation positions of the assemblies provided in the reactor structure, - at least one hopper that can contain one assembly in a vertical position, located on the upper surface of the platform around the opening provided in it and fitted with a winch for the vertical moving of the assemblies inside the wells and the hopper, when these follow each other by rotation of the platform, - at least one connecting device carried on the platform for connecting the hopper and wells when these are in line

  2. Theory for resonant ion acceleration by nonlinear magnetosonic fast and slow waves in finite beta plasmas

    A Korteweg--de Vries equation that is applicable to both the nonlinear magnetosonic fast and slow waves is derived from a two-fluid model with finite ion and electron pressures. As in the cold plasma theory, the fast wave has a critical angle theta/sub c/. For propagation angles greater than theta/sub c/ (quasiperpendicular propagation), the fast wave has a positive soliton, whereas for angles smaller than theta/sub c/, it has a negative soliton. Finite β effects decrease the value of theta/sub c/. The slow wave has a positive soliton for all angles of propagation. The magnitude of resonant ion acceleration (the v/sub p/ x B acceleration) by the nonlinear fast and slow waves is evaluated. In the fast wave, the electron pressure makes the acceleration stronger for all propagation angles. The decrease in theta/sub c/ resulting from finite β effects results in broadening of the region of strong acceleration. It is also found that fairly strong ion acceleration can occur in the nonlinear slow wave in high β plasmas. The possibility of unlimited acceleration of ions by quasiperpendicular magnetosonic fast waves is discussed

  3. Fast waveform metrology : generation, measurement and application of sub-picosecond electrical pulses

    A. J. A. Smith

    1996-01-01

    This thesis describes work performed at the National Physical Laboratory to improve the electrical risetime calibration of instruments such as fast sampling oscilloscopes. The majority of the work can be divided into four sections: development of an ultrafast optoelectronic pulse generator; measurement of fast electrical pulses with an electrooptic sampling system; de-embedding of transmission line and transition effects as measured at different calibration reference planes; an...

  4. Time-resolved fast-neutron imaging with a pulse-counting image intensifier

    Dangendorf, Volker; Lauck, Ronald; Kaufmann, Frank; Barnstedt, Juergen; Breskin, Amos; Jagutzki, Ottmar; Kraemer, Michael; Vartsky, David

    2006-01-01

    A new imaging method that combines high-efficiency fast-neutron detection with sub-ns time resolution is presented. This is achieved by exploiting the high neutron detection efficiency of a thick scintillator and the fast timing capability and flexibility of light-pulse detection with a dedicated image intensifier. The neutron converter is a plastic scintillator slab or, alternatively, a scintillating fibre screen. The scintillator is optically coupled to a pulse counting image intensifier wh...

  5. Design and measurements of a fast high-voltage pulse generator for the MedAustron Low Energy Transfer line fast deflector

    Fowler, T; Mueller, F; Kramer, T; Stadlbauer, T

    2012-01-01

    MedAustron, a centre for ion-therapy and research, will comprise an accelerator facility based on a synchrotron for the delivery of protons and light ions for cancer treatment. The Low Energy Beam Transfer line (LEBT) to the synchrotron contains an electrostatic fast deflector (EFE) which, when energized, deviates the continuous beam arriving from the ion source onto a Faraday Cup: the specified voltage is ±3.5 kV. De-energizing the EFE for variable pulse durations from 500 ns up to d.c. allows beam passage for multi-turn injection into the synchrotron. To maintain beam quality in the synchrotron, the EFE pulse generator requires rise and fall times of less than 300 ns between 90 % of peak voltage and a ±1 V level. To achieve this, a pulsed power supply (PKF), with high voltage MOSFET switches connected in a push-pull configuration, will be mounted in close proximity to the deflector itself. A fast, large dynamic range monitoring circuit will verify switching to the ±1 V level and subsequent flat bottom pu...

  6. Optimisation of resolution in accelerator-based fast neutron radiography

    Rahmanian, H; Watterson, J I W

    2002-01-01

    In fast neutron radiography, imaging geometry, neutron scattering, the fast neutron scintillator and the position-sensitive detector all influence feature contrast, resolution and the signal-to-noise ratio in the image. The effect of imaging geometry can be explored by using a ray-tracing method. This requires following the path of neutrons through the imaging field, which includes the sample of interest. A relationship between imaging geometry and feature detectability can be developed. Monte Carlo methods can be used to explore the effect of neutron scattering on the results obtained with the ray-tracing technique. Fast neutrons are detected indirectly via neutron-nucleon scattering reactions. Using hydrogen-rich scintillators and relying on the recoil protons to ionise the scintillator material is the most sensitive technique available. The efficiency, geometry and composition of these scintillators influence the detectability of features in fast neutron radiography. These scintillator properties have a di...

  7. Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses

    Proton acceleration by high-intensity laser pulses from ultrathin foils for hadron therapy is discussed. With the improvement of the laser intensity contrast ratio to 10-11 achieved on the Hercules laser at the University of Michigan, it became possible to attain laser-solid interactions at intensities up to 1022 W/cm2 that allows an efficient regime of laser-driven ion acceleration from submicron foils. Particle-in-cell (PIC) computer simulations of proton acceleration in the directed Coulomb explosion regime from ultrathin double-layer (heavy ions/light ions) foils of different thicknesses were performed under the anticipated experimental conditions for the Hercules laser with pulse energies from 3 to 15 J, pulse duration of 30 fs at full width half maximum (FWHM), focused to a spot size of 0.8 μm (FWHM). In this regime heavy ions expand predominantly in the direction of laser pulse propagation enhancing the longitudinal charge separation electric field that accelerates light ions. The dependence of the maximum proton energy on the foil thickness has been found and the laser pulse characteristics have been matched with the thickness of the target to ensure the most efficient acceleration. Moreover, the proton spectrum demonstrates a peaked structure at high energies, which is required for radiation therapy. Two-dimensional PIC simulations show that a 150-500 TW laser pulse is able to accelerate protons up to 100-220 MeV energies

  8. An overview of U.S. activities in fast reactors and accelerator driven systems

    This report reviews the activities of Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), describes EBR-II spent fuel treatment. Advanced accelerator applications were related to research and development of fuel cycle, namely system studies, fuels, separations, physics, materials. The work on Accelerator Driven Test Facility design has been stopped

  9. Effect of polarization and focusing on laser pulse driven auto-resonant particle acceleration

    The effect of laser polarization and focusing is theoretically studied on the final energy gain of a particle in the Auto-resonant acceleration scheme using a finite duration laser pulse with Gaussian shaped temporal envelope. The exact expressions for dynamical variables viz. position, momentum, and energy are obtained by analytically solving the relativistic equation of motion describing particle dynamics in the combined field of an elliptically polarized finite duration pulse and homogeneous static axial magnetic field. From the solutions, it is shown that for a given set of laser parameters viz. intensity and pulse length along with static magnetic field, the energy gain by a positively charged particle is maximum for a right circularly polarized laser pulse. Further, a new scheme is proposed for particle acceleration by subjecting it to the combined field of a focused finite duration laser pulse and static axial magnetic field. In this scheme, the particle is initially accelerated by the focused laser field, which drives the non-resonant particle to second stage of acceleration by cyclotron Auto-resonance. The new scheme is found to be efficient over two individual schemes, i.e., auto-resonant acceleration and direct acceleration by focused laser field, as significant particle acceleration can be achieved at one order lesser values of static axial magnetic field and laser intensity

  10. Control of high power IGBT modules in the active region for fast pulsed power converters

    Cravero, J M; Garcia Retegui, R; Maestri, S; Uicich, G

    2014-01-01

    At CERN, fast pulsed power converters are used to supply trapezoidal current in different magnet loads. These converters perform output current regulation by using a high power IGBT module in its ohmic region. This paper presents a new strategy for pulsed current control applications using a specifically designed IGBT driver.

  11. Equipment for controlling test benches charged particle accelerator pulse power supply systems

    Composition of the off-line and manual control device system designed for experimental testing the pulse supply systems of charged particle accelereators is considered. The system includes following devices: a manual remote control desk, a sysnchronization device with fibre-optical commutation programmed pulse shape generator digital sources of reference voltage. Performances of all these devices are presented. 1 ref

  12. Fast assembly of ordered block copolymer nanostructures through microwave annealing.

    Zhang, Xiaojiang; Harris, Kenneth D; Wu, Nathanael L Y; Murphy, Jeffrey N; Buriak, Jillian M

    2010-11-23

    Block copolymer self-assembly is an innovative technology capable of patterning technologically relevant substrates with nanoscale precision for a range of applications from integrated circuit fabrication to tissue interfacing, for example. In this article, we demonstrate a microwave-based method of rapidly inducing order in block copolymer structures. The technique involves the usage of a commercial microwave reactor to anneal block copolymer films in the presence of appropriate solvents, and we explore the effect of various parameters over the polymer assembly speed and defect density. The approach is applied to the commonly used poly(styrene)-b-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS-b-PMMA) and poly(styrene)-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) families of block copolymers, and it is found that the substrate resistivity, solvent environment, and anneal temperature all critically influence the self-assembly process. For selected systems, highly ordered patterns were achieved in less than 3 min. In addition, we establish the compatibility of the technique with directed assembly by graphoepitaxy. PMID:20964379

  13. Shock-Accelerated Flying Foil Diagnostic with a Chirped Pulse Spectral Interferometry

    陈建平; 李儒新; 曾志男; 王兴涛; 程传福; 徐至展

    2003-01-01

    A shock-accelerated flying foil is diagnosed with a chirped pulse spectral interferometry. The shock is pumped by a 1.2ps chirped laser pulse with a power of~1014 W/cm2 at 785nm irradiating on a 500nm aluminium film and detected by a probe pulse split from the pump based on a Michelson spectral interferometry. A flying foil of~5.595×10-6 g in~400 μm diameter was accelerated to~165 nm away from the initial target rear surface at~1.83 km/s before ablation.

  14. Fiber-optic control system for LAE 10 accelerator and pulse radiolysis experimental set

    The LAE 10 accelerator is used in nanosecond pulse radiolysis experiments as a source of 10 ns pulses of high energy electrons. The accelerator system was elaborated in the years 1991-1993. Inseparable connections of the optical fiber marrow with E/O and O/E converters (executed in welding technique) ensured a high stability of the optical parameters at a very long time. The preparation of connections needed adoption of expensive instrumentation from an optoelectronic laboratory in Warsaw. In presented paper authors describe their own action to improve operation of the LAE 10 accelerator existing in the Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, Warsaw (Poland)

  15. Mechanical Design Concept of Fuel Assembly for Prototype GEN-IV Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor

    The prototype GEN-IV sodium-cooled fast reactor (PGSFR) is an advanced fast reactor plant design that utilizes compact modular pool-type reactors sized to enable factory fabrication and an affordable prototype test for design certification at minimum cost and risk. The design concepts of the fuel assembly (FA) were introduced for a PGSFR. Unlike that for the pressurized water reactor, there is a neutron shielding concept in the FA and recycling metal fuel. The PGSFR core is a heterogeneous, uranium-10% zirconium (U-10Zr) metal alloy fuel design with 112 assemblies: 52 inner core fuel assemblies, 60 outer core fuel assemblies, 6 primary control assemblies, 3 secondary control assemblies, 90 reflector assemblies and 102 B4C shield assemblies. This configuration is shown in Fig. 1. The core is designed to produce 150 MWe with an average temperature rise of 155 .deg. C. The inlet temperature is 390 .deg. C and the bulk outlet temperature is 545 .deg. C. The core height is 900 mm and the gas plenum length is 1,250 mm. A mechanical design of a fuel assembly for a PGSFR was established. The mechanical design concepts are well realized in the design. In addition to this, the analytical and experimental works will be carries out for verifying the design soundness

  16. Mechanical Design Concept of Fuel Assembly for Prototype GEN-IV Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor

    Yoon, K. H.; Lee, C. B. [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-10-15

    The prototype GEN-IV sodium-cooled fast reactor (PGSFR) is an advanced fast reactor plant design that utilizes compact modular pool-type reactors sized to enable factory fabrication and an affordable prototype test for design certification at minimum cost and risk. The design concepts of the fuel assembly (FA) were introduced for a PGSFR. Unlike that for the pressurized water reactor, there is a neutron shielding concept in the FA and recycling metal fuel. The PGSFR core is a heterogeneous, uranium-10% zirconium (U-10Zr) metal alloy fuel design with 112 assemblies: 52 inner core fuel assemblies, 60 outer core fuel assemblies, 6 primary control assemblies, 3 secondary control assemblies, 90 reflector assemblies and 102 B4C shield assemblies. This configuration is shown in Fig. 1. The core is designed to produce 150 MWe with an average temperature rise of 155 .deg. C. The inlet temperature is 390 .deg. C and the bulk outlet temperature is 545 .deg. C. The core height is 900 mm and the gas plenum length is 1,250 mm. A mechanical design of a fuel assembly for a PGSFR was established. The mechanical design concepts are well realized in the design. In addition to this, the analytical and experimental works will be carries out for verifying the design soundness.

  17. Powerful nanosecond pulsed generators for linear induction accelerators at JINR

    The paper presents a review of nanosecond pulse generator schemes for LIA developed at the JINR. The main feature of these schemes consists in the use of relatively low-voltage generators (V∼20-50 kV) with low-resistance output impedance (R∼0.5 Ω). A high power in nanosecond pulses (W∼1 GW) is produced by nonlinear compression schemes with distributed parameters which compress electromagnetic energy in time

  18. Ablation experiment and threshold calculation of titanium alloy irradiated by ultra-fast pulse laser

    Buxiang Zheng

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The interaction between an ultra-fast pulse laser and a material's surface has become a research hotspot in recent years. Micromachining of titanium alloy with an ultra-fast pulse laser is a very important research direction, and it has very important theoretical significance and application value in investigating the ablation threshold of titanium alloy irradiated by ultra-fast pulse lasers. Irradiated by a picosecond pulse laser with wavelengths of 1064 nm and 532 nm, the surface morphology and feature sizes, including ablation crater width (i.e. diameter, ablation depth, ablation area, ablation volume, single pulse ablation rate, and so forth, of the titanium alloy were studied, and their ablation distributions were obtained. The experimental results show that titanium alloy irradiated by a picosecond pulse infrared laser with a 1064 nm wavelength has better ablation morphology than that of the green picosecond pulse laser with a 532 nm wavelength. The feature sizes are approximately linearly dependent on the laser pulse energy density at low energy density and the monotonic increase in laser pulse energy density. With the increase in energy density, the ablation feature sizes are increased. The rate of increase in the feature sizes slows down gradually once the energy density reaches a certain value, and gradually saturated trends occur at a relatively high energy density. Based on the linear relation between the laser pulse energy density and the crater area of the titanium alloy surface, and the Gaussian distribution of the laser intensity on the cross section, the ablation threshold of titanium alloy irradiated by an ultra-fast pulse laser was calculated to be about 0.109 J/cm2.

  19. Ablation experiment and threshold calculation of titanium alloy irradiated by ultra-fast pulse laser

    The interaction between an ultra-fast pulse laser and a material's surface has become a research hotspot in recent years. Micromachining of titanium alloy with an ultra-fast pulse laser is a very important research direction, and it has very important theoretical significance and application value in investigating the ablation threshold of titanium alloy irradiated by ultra-fast pulse lasers. Irradiated by a picosecond pulse laser with wavelengths of 1064 nm and 532 nm, the surface morphology and feature sizes, including ablation crater width (i.e. diameter), ablation depth, ablation area, ablation volume, single pulse ablation rate, and so forth, of the titanium alloy were studied, and their ablation distributions were obtained. The experimental results show that titanium alloy irradiated by a picosecond pulse infrared laser with a 1064 nm wavelength has better ablation morphology than that of the green picosecond pulse laser with a 532 nm wavelength. The feature sizes are approximately linearly dependent on the laser pulse energy density at low energy density and the monotonic increase in laser pulse energy density. With the increase in energy density, the ablation feature sizes are increased. The rate of increase in the feature sizes slows down gradually once the energy density reaches a certain value, and gradually saturated trends occur at a relatively high energy density. Based on the linear relation between the laser pulse energy density and the crater area of the titanium alloy surface, and the Gaussian distribution of the laser intensity on the cross section, the ablation threshold of titanium alloy irradiated by an ultra-fast pulse laser was calculated to be about 0.109 J/cm2

  20. Thor: Modeling of a Megabar Class Pulsed Power Accelerator

    Haill, T. A.; Reisman, D. B.; Stoltzfus, B. S.; Austin, K. N.; Stygar, W. A.; Brown, J. L.; Davis, J.-P.; Waisman, E. M.

    2015-06-01

    Thor is a compact, economical machine to drive megabar-class shockless compression material physics experiments and multi-mega-ampere HEDP experiments for the physics community. It is capable of driving peak currents up to 7 MA with rise times of 200-500 ns, resulting in material pressures between 1 to 5 Mbar depending upon the load design, and incorporates a pulse tailoring capability required to maintain shockless loading of many materials. Thor is modular in nature with 200 capacitive bricks triggered in groups by independent, de-coupled switches. The current pulse at the load is a simple linear combination of the 200 time-shifted basis pulses. This enables a variety of experiments including shockless compression experiments using smooth ramped pulses, shock-ramp compression experiments using tailored pulses, and strength measurement experiments using flat top pulses. This paper overviews the Thor design and describes an equivalent circuit model of the machine that drives MHD simulations of the load region. 3D ALEGRA MHD simulations explore topics such as the uniformity of the magnetic field along the stripline load and the design modifications to improve uniformity. Optimized current drives and simulations of the aforementioned applications are also presented. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Company, for the U.S. DOE's NNSA under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  1. Comparison of scaling laws with PIC simulations for proton acceleration with long wavelength pulses

    We have performed a survey of proton acceleration induced by long wavelength pulses to explore their peak energy dependence on the pulse intensity, target thickness and density. The simulations carried out with the PIC code ALADYN for a circularly polarized pulse have been compared with the scaling laws for radiation pressure acceleration (RPA) in the thick target and thin target regimes known as hole boring (HB) and relativistic mirror (RM) respectively. Since the critical density scales as λ-2, longer wavelength pulses allow to work with low density targets several microns thick and with moderate laser power. Under these conditions is possible to enter the RM region, where the key parameter is the ratio α between twice laser energy and the mirror rest energy; the corresponding acceleration efficiency is given by α/(1+α). For a fixed intensity the minimum thickness of the target, and consequently the highest acceleration, is determined by the threshold of self induced transparency. In this case the number of accelerated particles scales with λ whereas the total energy does not depend on it. The agreement of PIC simulations with RPA and RM scalings, including the transition regions, suggests that these scalings can safely be used as the first step in the parametric scans also for large wavelength pulses such as CO2 lasers, to explore possible alternatives to short wavelength very high power Ti:Sa lasers for proton acceleration.

  2. Polarization effect of a Gaussian laser pulse on magnetic field influenced electron acceleration in vacuum

    Ghotra, Harjit Singh; Kant, Niti

    2016-04-01

    Electron acceleration by a laser pulse in the presence of azimuthal magnetic field in vacuum has been analyzed. The azimuthal magnetic field influences the trajectory of an accelerated electron during the laser electron interaction in vacuum. The electron trajectory in the absence and presence of azimuthal magnetic field with a linearly polarized (LP) and circularly polarized (CP) laser pulses is analyzed. Due to the presence of azimuthal magnetic field, a confined trajectory of accelerated electron is observed in the direction of propagation of laser pulse. Resonance between the electron and the laser field occurs at optimum values of magnetic field, electron gains high energy from the laser and gets accelerated in the direction of propagation of laser pulse. The azimuthal magnetic field keeps the electron motion close to the axis parallel to the direction of propagation due to which the electron gains and retains high energy for longer distances. The electron energy gain is relatively higher with a CP laser pulse than that with LP laser pulse. The high energy gain of about 2   GeV is observed with a CP laser pulse of peak intensity 2.74 ×1020   W /cm2 in the presence of azimuthal magnetic field of 534   kG .

  3. Pulse-shape discrimination of the new plastic scintillators in neutron-gamma mixed field using fast digitizer card

    Jančář, A.; Kopecký, Z.; Dressler, J.; Veškrna, M.; Matěj, Z.; Granja, C.; Solar, M.

    2015-11-01

    Recently invented plastic scintillator EJ-299-33 enables pulse-shape discrimination (PSD) and thus measurement of neutron and photon spectra in mixed fields. In this work we compare the PSD properties of EJ-299-33 plastic and the well-known NE-213 liquid scintillator in monoenergetic neutron fields generated by the Van de Graaff accelerator using the 3H(d, n)4He reaction. Pulses from the scintillators are processed by a newly developed digital measuring system employing the fast digitizer card. This card contains two AD converters connected to the measuring computer via 10 Gbps optical ethernet. The converters operate with a resolution of 12 bits and have two differential inputs with a sampling frequency 1 GHz. The resulting digital channels with different gains are merged into one composite channel with a higher digital resolution in a wide dynamic range of energies. Neutron signals are fully discriminated from gamma signals. Results are presented.

  4. MR imaging of the eye with a special ocular coil and fast pulse sequences

    This paper reports that to optimize MR imaging of the eye by using a special ocular coil and fast pulse sequences. Twenty-three patients with suspected ocular pathology underwent MR imaging by using a special surface coil (n = 23) and either conventional spin-echo techniques of newly developed fast pulse sequences (n = 8, ultrafast spoiled GRASS; n = 5, fast spin echo) to obtain high-resolution images (1.5 - 3.0-mm section thicknesses, 6-8-cm field of view). Technically acceptable examinations were acquired in 22/23 patients by using the methods described above. The use of the fast pulse sequences drastically reduced image degradation from associated eye motion. The ocular pathology studied in these patients included retinal tumors (especially uveal melanomas and nevi), retinal detachments, discoform degeneration, anterior proliferative vitreoretinopathy, and macular degeneration with retinal and subretinal hemorrhage

  5. Forward acceleration and generation of femtosecond, megaelectronvolt electron beams by an ultrafast intense laser pulse

    Xiaofang wang(王晓方); Quandong Wang(汪权东); Baifei Shen(沈百飞)

    2003-01-01

    We present a new mechanism of energy gain of electrons accelerated by a laser pulse. It is shown that when the intensity of an ultrafast intense laser pulse decreases rapidly along the direction of propagation, electrons leaving the pulse experience an action of ponderomotive deceleration at the descending part of a lower-intensity laser field than acceleration at the ascending part of a high-intensity field, thus gain net energy from the pulse and move directly forward. By means of such a mechanism, a megaelectronvolt electron beam with a bunch length shorter than 100 fs could be realized with an ultrafast (≤30 fs),intense (>1019 W/cm2) laser pulse.

  6. Optimizing pulse shaping and zooming for acceleration to high velocities and fusion neutron production on the Nike laser

    Karasik, Max; Weaver, J. L.; Aglitskiy, Y.; Zalesak, S. T.; Velikovich, A. L.; Oh, J.; Obenschain, S. P.; Arikawa, Y.; Watari, T.

    2010-11-01

    We will present results from follow-on experiments to the record-high velocities of 1000 km/s achieved on Nike [Karasik et al., Phys. Plasmas 17, 056317 (2010) ], in which highly accelerated planar foils of deuterated polystyrene were made to collide with a witness foil to produce extreme shock pressures and result in heating of matter to thermonuclear temperatures. Still higher velocities and higher target densities are required for impact fast ignition. The aim of these experiments is shaping the driving pulse to minimize shock heating of the accelerated target and using the focal zoom capability of Nike to achieve higher densities and velocities. Spectroscopic measurements of electron temperature achieved upon impact will complement the neutron time-of-flight ion temperature measurement. Work is supported by US DOE and Office of Naval Research.

  7. Design of light Ⅱ-B pulsed power electron accelerator

    The Light Ⅱ-B was built at the side of the Marx tank of Light Ⅱ-A for X-pinch test, which kept the original capacity of KrF excimer laser, and can be used for relevant researches of X-pinch. It is composed of a Marx generator, a pulse forming line (PFL), a gas-filled switch, a pulse transmission line (PTL), and a copper-sulphate resistive load. The medium of the forming line is deionized water. The input impendence of the pulse forming line is 6 Ω, corresponding to an output impendence of 1.25 Ω for the pulse transfer line. The design of circuit simulation and the debugging results in resistance load were introduced. The results show that the current peak load is about 269 kA, pulse width is about 50 ns, and the current rise tune is less than 30 ns when the load is 1.25 Ω. It indicates that Light Ⅱ-B has the ability to drive low impedance X-pinch experimental line. (authors)

  8. Optical emission spectroscopy observations of fast pulsed capillary discharge plasmas

    Avaria, G.; Ruiz, M.; Guzmán, F.; Favre, M.; Wyndham, E. S.; Chuaqui, H.; Bhuyan, H.

    2014-05-01

    We present time resolved optical emission spectroscopic (OES) observations of a low energy, pulsed capillary discharage (PCD). The optical emission from the capillary plasma and plasma jets emitted from the capillary volume was recorded with with a SpectraPro 275 spectrograph, fitted with a MCP gated OMA system, with 15 ns time resolution. The discharge was operated with different gases, including argon, nitrogen, hydrogen and methane, in a repetitive pulsed discharge mode at 10-50 Hz, with, 10-12 kV pulses applied at the cathode side. The time evolution of the electron density was measured using Stark broadening of the Hβ line. Several features of the capillary plasma dynamics, such as ionization growth, wall effects and plasma jet evolution, are inferred from the time evolution of the optical emission.

  9. Research program for the 660 MeV proton accelerator driven MOX-plutonium subcritical assembly

    Barashenkov, V. S.; Buttsev, V. S.; Buttseva, G. L.; Dudarev, S. Ju.; Polanski, A.; Puzynin, I. V.; Sissakian, A. N.

    2000-07-01

    This paper presents the research program of the Experimental Accelerator Driven System (ADS), which employs a subcritical assembly and a 660 MeV proton accelerator operating in the Laboratory of Nuclear Problems at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna. Mixed-oxide (MOX) fuel (25% PuO2+75% UO2) designed for the BN-600 reactor use will be adopted for the core of the assembly. The present conceptual design of the experimental subcritical assembly is based on a core nominal unit capacity of 15 kW (thermal). This corresponds to the multiplication coefficient keff=0.945, energetic gain G=30, and accelerator beam power of 0.5 kW.

  10. Fast and Thermal Data Testing of U-233 Critical Assemblies

    Data testing has been performed for U-233 fast and thermal benchmarks. Results are presented for both ENDF/B-VI and a modified JENDL-3.2 evaluation. The revised JENDL-3.2 evaluation is summarized and comparisons with ENDF/B-VI and measured values are discussed. Calculated results using both cross section sets are presented for 10 fast benchmarks (reflected and unreflected U-233 metal) and 38 thermal benchmarks (uranyl-nitrate solutions in spherical and cylindrical geometry). Using the revised JENDL-3.2 evaluation, very good results are obtained for the calculated k-effs for almost all of the 48 benchmarks considered in this study. Possible future work is discussed briefly

  11. A high-duty-cycle long-pulse electron gun for electron accelerators

    Ebrahim, N. A.; Thrasher, M. H.

    1990-11-01

    We describe the design and operation of a long-pulse (200-300 μs), high-duty-cycle (5%-6%), 8-mm-diam dispenser cathode, electrically isolated, modulating Wehnelt electron gun for applications in a high-average-power electron linear accelerator. The electron optics design was optimized with computer modeling of the electron trajectories and equipotentials. The gun performance was established in a series of experimental measurements in a test stand. Excellent pulse-to-pulse emission current reproducibility and electron-beam pulse profile stability were obtained.

  12. Pulsed magnetic welding application of fast breeder austenitic pins plugging

    For specific nuclear needs, we had to develop pulsed magnetic welding on high resistivity coefficient alloys as austenitic steels. The magnetic force produced by an explosive inductor is transmitted on weld pieces by the use of an aluminium driver. A theoretical work carried out permitted to compare pulsed magnetic welding with explosive welding. With specific recordings, it was possible to study electrical and magnetical behavior during the active welding phase. By means of these informations, we are able to specify and to realize, with the financial help of ANVAR organization, a low impedance high velocity generator permitting to weld with a non destructible inductor. 6 refs

  13. Compact MCP assemblies for mass spectrometers

    We have developed compact microchannel plate (MCP) assemblies which have a high gain, good pulse height resolution and a fast response for MS applications. In this paper, these new assemblies are described referring to their structures, functions and characteristics. (orig.)

  14. Transport synthetic acceleration for long-characteristics assembly-level transport problems

    Zika, M.R.; Adams, M.L.

    2000-02-01

    The authors apply the transport synthetic acceleration (TSA) scheme to the long-characteristics spatial discretization for the two-dimensional assembly-level transport problem. This synthetic method employs a simplified transport operator as its low-order approximation. Thus, in the acceleration step, the authors take advantage of features of the long-characteristics discretization that make it particularly well suited to assembly-level transport problems. The main contribution is to address difficulties unique to the long-characteristics discretization and produce a computationally efficient acceleration scheme. The combination of the long-characteristics discretization, opposing reflecting boundary conditions (which are present in assembly-level transport problems), and TSA presents several challenges. The authors devise methods for overcoming each of them in a computationally efficient way. Since the boundary angular data exist on different grids in the high- and low-order problems, they define restriction and prolongation operations specific to the method of long characteristics to map between the two grids. They implement the conjugate gradient (CG) method in the presence of opposing reflection boundary conditions to solve the TSA low-order equations. The CG iteration may be applied only to symmetric positive definite (SPD) matrices; they prove that the long-characteristics discretization yields an SPD matrix. They present results of the acceleration scheme on a simple test problem, a typical pressurized water reactor assembly, and a typical boiling water reactor assembly.

  15. Transport synthetic acceleration for long-characteristics assembly-level transport problems

    The authors apply the transport synthetic acceleration (TSA) scheme to the long-characteristics spatial discretization for the two-dimensional assembly-level transport problem. This synthetic method employs a simplified transport operator as its low-order approximation. Thus, in the acceleration step, the authors take advantage of features of the long-characteristics discretization that make it particularly well suited to assembly-level transport problems. The main contribution is to address difficulties unique to the long-characteristics discretization and produce a computationally efficient acceleration scheme. The combination of the long-characteristics discretization, opposing reflecting boundary conditions (which are present in assembly-level transport problems), and TSA presents several challenges. The authors devise methods for overcoming each of them in a computationally efficient way. Since the boundary angular data exist on different grids in the high- and low-order problems, they define restriction and prolongation operations specific to the method of long characteristics to map between the two grids. They implement the conjugate gradient (CG) method in the presence of opposing reflection boundary conditions to solve the TSA low-order equations. The CG iteration may be applied only to symmetric positive definite (SPD) matrices; they prove that the long-characteristics discretization yields an SPD matrix. They present results of the acceleration scheme on a simple test problem, a typical pressurized water reactor assembly, and a typical boiling water reactor assembly

  16. Transport Synthetic Acceleration for Long-Characteristics Assembly-Level Transport Problems

    We apply the transport synthetic acceleration (TSA) scheme to the long-characteristics spatial discretization for the two-dimensional assembly-level transport problem. This synthetic method employs a simplified transport operator as its low-order approximation. Thus, in the acceleration step, we take advantage of features of the long-characteristics discretization that make it particularly well suited to assembly-level transport problems. Our main contribution is to address difficulties unique to the long-characteristics discretization and produce a computationally efficient acceleration scheme.The combination of the long-characteristics discretization, opposing reflecting boundary conditions (which are present in assembly-level transport problems), and TSA presents several challenges. We devise methods for overcoming each of them in a computationally efficient way. Since the boundary angular data exist on different grids in the high- and low-order problems, we define restriction and prolongation operations specific to the method of long characteristics to map between the two grids. We implement the conjugate gradient (CG) method in the presence of opposing reflection boundary conditions to solve the TSA low-order equations. The CG iteration may be applied only to symmetric positive definite (SPD) matrices; we prove that the long-characteristics discretization yields an SPD matrix. We present results of our acceleration scheme on a simple test problem, a typical pressurized water reactor assembly, and a typical boiling water reactor assembly

  17. Beam shaping assembly optimization for 7Li(p,n)7Be accelerator based BNCT

    Within the framework of accelerator-based BNCT, a project to develop a folded Tandem-ElectroStatic-Quadrupole accelerator is under way at the Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina. The proposed accelerator is conceived to deliver a proton beam of 30 mA at about 2.5 MeV. In this work we explore a Beam Shaping Assembly (BSA) design based on the 7Li(p,n)7Be neutron production reaction to obtain neutron beams to treat deep seated tumors. - Highlights: • A Beam Shaping Assembly for accelerator based BNCT has been designed. • A conical port for easy patient positioning and the cooling system are included. • Several configurations can deliver tumor doses greater than 55 RBEGy. • Good tumor doses can be obtained in less than 60 min of irradiation time

  18. Electron Acceleration by a Focused Gaussian Laser Pulse in Vacuum

    何峰; 余玮; 陆培祥; 徐涵

    2004-01-01

    By numerically solving the relativistic equations of motion of a single electron in laser fields modeled by a Gaussian laser beam, we get the trajectory and energy of the electron. When the drifting distance is comparable to or even longer than the corresponding Rayleigh length, the evolution of the beam waist cannot be neglected. The asymmetry of intensity in acceleration and deceleration leads to the conclusion that the electron can be accelerated effectively and extracted by the longitudinal ponderomotive force. For intensities above, an electron's energy gain about MeV can be realized, and the energetic electron is parallel with the propagation axis.

  19. Pulse control in an accelerator for heavy-ion fusion

    In induction accelerators proposed for heavy-ion fusion, the ion beam is usually confined longitudinally by an axial electric field tailored to balance the space-charge field. Since generating such electric field 'ears' is costly and imprecise, it is important to know how frequently the ears must be applied and what errors in the waveform are tolerable. For practical parameters, cell breakdown is found to impose the principal limit on the spacing of the acceleration modules applying the ear field. Also, it is demonstrated that ear fields may be approximated in several ways by discrete field steps with little impairment of the longitudinal confinement. (Author) 4 figs., 2 refs

  20. Flyer Acceleration by Pulsed Ion Beam Ablation and Application for Space Propulsion

    Flyer acceleration by ablation plasma pressure produced by irradiation of intense pulsed ion beam has been studied. Acceleration process including expansion of ablation plasma was simulated based on fluid model. And interaction between incident pulsed ion beam and a flyer target was considered as accounting stopping power of it. In experiments, we used ETIGO-II intense pulsed ion beam generator with two kinds of diodes; 1) Magnetically Insulated Diode (MID, power densities of <100 J/cm2) and 2) Spherical-focused Plasma Focus Diode (SPFD, power densities of up to 4.3 kJ/cm2). Numerical results of accelerated flyer velocity agreed well with measured one over wide range of incident ion beam energy density. Flyer velocity of 5.6 km/s and ablation plasma pressure of 15 GPa was demonstrated by the present experiments. Acceleration of double-layer target consists of gold/aluminum was studied. For adequate layer thickness, such a flyer target could be much more accelerated than a single layer. Effect of waveform of ion beam was also examined. Parabolic waveform could accelerate more efficiently than rectangular waveform. Applicability of ablation propulsion was discussed. Specific impulse of 7000∼8000 seconds and time averaged thrust of up to 5000∼6000N can be expected. Their values can be controllable by changing power density of incident ion beam and pulse duration

  1. High-flux, extended-pulse accelerators: Final report

    The purpose of the program was to investigate physical phenomena associated with high flux ion beam generation and to develop technology for intense ion beam accelerators with pulselengths in the ms range. At the time the work was initiated, the chief area of application for the technology was ion implantation and materials modification

  2. Simulation and experimental study of the solid pulse forming lines for dielectric wall accelerator

    ZHAO Quan-Tang; YUAN Ping; ZHANG Zi-Min; CAO Shu-Chun; SHEN Xiao-Kang; LIU Ming; JING Yi; ZHAO Hong-Wei

    2011-01-01

    Two types of pulse forming lines for dielectric wall accelerator (DWA) were investigated preliminarily.By simulation with CST Microwave Studio,the results indicate the pulse forming process,which can help to understand the voltage wave transmission process and optimize the line parameters.Furthermore,the principle of the pulse forming process was proved by experiments and some excellent pulse waveforms were obtained.During the experiments,the Blumlein line and zero integral pulse (ZIP) forming line,constructed with aluminum foil,poly plate and air gap self-closing switch,were tested.The full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the waveform is 16 nanoseconds (BL) and 17 nanoseconds (ZIP line),and the formed pulse voltage amplitude is 5 kV (BL) and +2.2 kV/-1.6 kV (ZIP line).The experiments result coincides well with the simulation.

  3. Portable generator of subnanosecond fast-electron pulses

    A generator is described which uses a capacitor charge-transfer circuit. The capacitor is built into the high-voltage discharger which reduces the inductance of the charge-transfer circuit and provides a 2.5 kiloamp current pulse with a half-height duration of 0.8 nanoseconds in a stock IA-9 electron tube. The average electron energy in the spectrum is 250 KeV

  4. Novel design concepts for generating intense accelerator based beams of mono-energetic fast neutrons

    presented elsewhere. In the case of an RFQ accelerator, operating in a pulsed bunched mode, a suitable shutter mechanism can be used to effectively isolate the gas target between beam pulses and thus considerably reduce the gas load on a differentially pumped system whilst still maintaining the target at pressures up to ∼1.2 bar. Such a system operating on a 2% duty cycle RFQ system has been implemented. To go to even higher gas pressure or higher accelerator duty cycle, further improvements to the gas target system, in the form of a plasma window, have been investigated and are being implemented. The RFQ linear accelerator presently utilised delivers a maximum average beam current of 100 μA of 3.6-4.9 MeV deuterons, dependent on the phase coupling between the two accelerating cavities. In a 30 mm long deuterium gas cell, operating at a pressure of 1.2 bar, the expected neutron emission is ∼1010s1, into the full solid angle. A maximum neutron energy obtained in the reaction D(d,n)3He would be 8.1 MeV with the spread of ∼750 keV. kinematics, approximately 50% of the primary neutron beam is emitted into a 20 deg. forward cone. This translates to the expected neutron densities in excess of 107 n.s-1cm-2 some 10-20 cm away from the gas cell. Beam quality is high, with the slow neutron and gamma-ray components below 10% of the total primary fast neutron beam. The fast neutron energy spread (and the total neutron output) can be tailored to a specific application by adjusting either the gas cell length or the target gas pressure. The robust design and reasonable cost make the described neutron source a very attractive choice for variety of applications, such as mineral identification, material diagnostics (complementing thermal neutron radiography), and isotope generation. These activities are currently being pursued at NECSA along with close collaboration with academic institutions and industry. (author)

  5. Phase control and intra-pulse phase compensation of the Advanced Photon Source (APS) linear accelerator

    Rf power for the APS linear accelerator is provided by five klystrons, each of which feeds one linac ''sector,'' containing accelerating structures and SLED cavities. A VXI-based subsystem measures the phase of each sector of the linac with respect to a thermally stabilized reference line. The resulting information is used to control a linearized varactor phase shifter. Error correction is done by software, using operator-controllable parameters. A second phase shifter provides an intra-pulse correction to the phase of the klystron drive pulse. When the intra-pulse correction is applied, the resulting phase is flat to within 0.5 degrees after 2.5 μsec. A second correction, made after the PSK trigger to the SLED and during the filling of the accelerating structures, resulted in an energy gain of 5 MeV from a single sector

  6. Ag nanoparticles formed by femtosecond pulse laser ablation in water: self-assembled fractal structures

    Santillán, Jesica M. J. [CONICET La Plata-CIC, Centro de Investigaciones Ópticas (CIOp) (Argentina); Fernández van Raap, Marcela B., E-mail: raap@fisica.unlp.edu.ar; Mendoza Zélis, Pedro; Coral, Diego [CONICET, Instituto de Física La Plata (IFLP) (Argentina); Muraca, Diego [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Instituto de Física “Gleb Wataghin” (IFGW) (Brazil); Schinca, Daniel C.; Scaffardi, Lucía B., E-mail: lucias@ciop.unlp.edu.ar [CONICET La Plata-CIC, Centro de Investigaciones Ópticas (CIOp) (Argentina)

    2015-02-15

    We report for the first time on the formation of self-assembled fractals of spherical Ag nanoparticles (Nps) fabricated by femtosecond pulse laser ablation of a solid silver target in water. Fractal structures grew both in two and three Euclidean dimensions (d). Ramified-fractal assemblies of 2 nm height and 5–14 μm large, decorated with Ag Nps of 3 nm size, were obtained in a 2d geometry when highly diluted drops of colloidal suspension were dried at a fast heating rate over a mica substrate. When less-diluted drops were dried at slow heating rate, isolated single Nps or rosette-like structures were formed. Fractal aggregates about 31 nm size in 3d geometry were observed in the as-prepared colloidal suspension. Electron diffraction and optical extinction spectroscopy (OES) analyses performed on the samples confirmed the presence of Ag and Ag{sub 2}O. The analysis of the optical extinction spectrum, using the electrostatic approximation of Mie theory for small spheres, showed the existence of Ag bare core, Ag–Ag{sub 2}O and air–Ag core–shell Nps, Ag–Ag{sub 2}O being the most frequent type [69 % relative abundance (r.a.)]. Core-size and shell-thickness distribution was derived from OES. In situ scattering measurements of the Ag colloidal suspension, carried out by small-angle X-ray scattering, indicate a mass fractal composed of packaged 〈D{sub SAXS}〉 = (5 ± 1) nm particles and fractal dimension d{sub f} = 2.5. Ex situ atomic force microscopy imaging displayed well-ramified structures, which, analyzed with box-counting method, yield a fractal dimension d{sub f} = 1.67. The growing behavior of these 2d and 3d self-assembled fractals is consistent with the diffusion-limited aggregation model.

  7. Measurement of low calorific value of coal by pulse fast-thermal neutron analysis

    The principle of pulse fast-thermal neutron analysis (PFTNA) is introduced. PFTNA is mainly composed of the pulsed neutron generator and the BGO detector. The low calorific value of coal is measured. The multiple linear regression method is applied to deal with data solving the interferential problem of multiple elements. The results show that the error of low calorific value by PFTNA comparing with the chemical analysis is less than 0.4 MJ/kg. (authors)

  8. Storage and retrieval of light pulses in atomic media with 'slow' and 'fast' light

    We report experimental evidence that light storage, understood as the controlled release of a light pulse by an atomic sample dependent on the past presence of a writing pulse, is not restricted to small-group-velocity media but can also occur in a negative-group-velocity medium. We present a numerical modeling in close agreement with our observations and a simple physical picture applicable to light storage experiments in both 'slow' and 'fast' light media

  9. A fast rise time high voltage pulse generator for bounded-wave EMP simulator

    A high voltage pulse generator with fast rise time is developed. The output wave of this generator is presented. The electromagnetic environment with 1.2 ns or 2.8 ns rise time and 50 ns pulse width can be produced when this generator is connected to bounded-wave EMP simulator which is used to investigate the EMP coupling effects of electrical equipment. (authors)

  10. Shaping the electron beams with submicrosecond pulse duration in sources and electron accelerators with plasma emitters

    Gushenets, V I

    2001-01-01

    One studies the techniques in use to shape submicrosecond electron beams and the physical processes associated with extraction of electrons from plasma in plasma emitters. Plasma emitter base sources and accelerators enable to generate pulse beams with currents varying from tens of amperes up to 10 sup 3 A, with current densities up to several amperes per a square centimeter, with pulse duration constituting hundreds of nanoseconds and with high frequencies of repetition

  11. Fast electron transport and heating in ultraintense laser pulse interaction with solid targets

    Koenig, Michel; Amiranoff, Francois; Baton, Sophie; Gremillet, Laurent; Martinolli, Emanuele; Batani, Dimitri; Bernardinello, Andrea; Greison, Gabriella; Hall, Tom; Rabec Le Gloahec, Marc; Rousseaux, Christophe; Santos, Joao

    2000-10-01

    In the context of the fast electron transport in solid matter and the fast ignitor scheme, we report on results from ultraintense laser pulse interaction with thick targets. Experiments have been performed at LULI with the 100 TW CPA Nd:glass laser, at intensities up to a few 10^19 W/cm^2. Images obtained from classical and chirped-pulse time-resolved reflectometry diagnostics of the back-side target give evidence of the rear surface heating; the geometry and the dynamics of the energy deposition of the relativistic electrons flux into matter are also inferred.

  12. Laser accelerated protons captured and transported by a pulse power solenoid

    Burris-Mog, T.; Harres, K.; Nürnberg, F.; Busold, S.; Bussmann, M.; Deppert, O.; Hoffmeister, G.; Joost, M.; Sobiella, M.; Tauschwitz, A.; Zielbauer, B.; Bagnoud, V.; Herrmannsdoerfer, T.; Roth, M.; Cowan, T. E.

    2011-12-01

    Using a pulse power solenoid, we demonstrate efficient capture of laser accelerated proton beams and the ability to control their large divergence angles and broad energy range. Simulations using measured data for the input parameters give inference into the phase-space and transport efficiencies of the captured proton beams. We conclude with results from a feasibility study of a pulse power compact achromatic gantry concept. Using a scaled target normal sheath acceleration spectrum, we present simulation results of the available spectrum after transport through the gantry.

  13. Disposition of fuel elements from the Aberdeen and Sandia pulse reactor (SPR-II) assemblies

    Mckerley, Bill [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bustamante, Jacqueline M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Costa, David A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Drypolcher, Anthony F [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hickey, Joseph [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2010-01-01

    We describe the disposition of fuel from the Aberdeen (APR) and the Sandia Pulse Reactors (SPR-II) which were used to provide intense neutron bursts for radiation effects testing. The enriched Uranium - 10% Molybdenum fuel from these reactors was shipped to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) for size reduction prior to shipment to the Savannah River Site (SRS) for final disposition in the H Canyon facility. The Shipper/Receiver Agreements (SRA), intra-DOE interfaces, criticality safety evaluations, safety and quality requirements and key materials management issues required for the successful completion of this project will be presented. This work is in support of the DOE Consolidation and Disposition program. Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) has operated pulse nuclear reactor research facilities for the Department of Energy since 1961. The Sandia Pulse Reactor (SPR-II) was a bare metal Godiva-type reactor. The reactor facilities have been used for research and development of nuclear and non-nuclear weapon systems, advanced nuclear reactors, reactor safety, simulation sources and energy related programs. The SPR-II was a fast burst reactor, designed and constructed by SNL that became operational in 1967. The SPR-ll core was a solid-metal fuel enriched to 93% {sup 235}U. The uranium was alloyed with 10 weight percent molybdenum to ensure the phase stabilization of the fuel. The core consisted of six fuel plates divided into two assemblies of three plates each. Figure 1 shows a cutaway diagram of the SPR-II Reactor with its decoupling shroud. NNSA charged Sandia with removing its category 1 and 2 special nuclear material by the end of 2008. The main impetus for this activity was based on NNSA Administrator Tom D'Agostino's six focus areas to reenergize NNSA's nuclear material consolidation and disposition efforts. For example, the removal of SPR-II from SNL to DAF was part of this undertaking. This project was in support of NNSA's efforts

  14. Electromagnetic processes in the pulsed inductors of electron accelerators

    В. Т. Чемерис

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The process of magnetic field setting up at its excitation in the cross section of the closed laminated core of the pulsed inductor has been investigated by numerical methods. Analysis of the field expansion from the boundaries of cross section to its center was realized due to using of two-dimensional numerical model of the wave equation written in non-dimensional form with application of equivalent magnetic μ and dielectric ε parameters. Two situations had been taken into consideration: 1 the medium of laminated package has anisotropic ideal magneto-dielectric properties (no electrical conductivity; 2 the medium of package is isotropic, but has the losses of energy due to electrical conductivity of ferromagnetic layers. The ratio  of the basic velocity (which defines via basic dimension of the package cross section and duration of the pulsed field to the speed of electromagnetic wave propagation in this medium  serves as characteristic parameter of similarity for the processes in models with different scale of time and/or dimensions. The magnetic Reynolds’ number  must be used additionally as the measure of the field diffusion. The character of wave processes in the core has been studied and the conditions of their essential influence on the field distribution have been established. That is shown that main criterion for estimation of the core filling up by the magnetic flux (i.e. for estimation of package using effectiveness is the correlation between the dimension of cross section and the path of the wave run during the pulse duration. The criterion for observation only diffusion picture of the field propagation at the magnetic Reynolds’ number is the ratio . Under conditions when the wave phenomena play relatively small role the speed of the field diffusion instead of the velocity of the wave propagation must be used at the estimation of the package cross section effective usage

  15. Performances Analysis of Main Components Used in 60 MW Pulsed Supply for Particle Accelerator

    Peron, R; Pouliquen, JL; Gollentz, B; Bordry, F; Burnet, JP

    2010-01-01

    The Proton-Synchrotron (PS) accelerator at CERN will be supplied by a new power system. The pulsed operation of the PS accelerator requires a specific design of the main components of the power system. This paper presents some key elements of the design of DC/DC power converters in terms of aging of power semiconductors, the strategy of harmonics voltage suppression and the design of the output filters. Finally, the performance of this new power system is presented.

  16. Ultra-fast facial topometry using pulsed holography

    Thelen, Andrea; Frey, Susanne; Hirsch, Sven; Ladrière, Natalie; Hering, Peter

    2006-02-01

    For planning, simulation and documentation of interventions in maxillofacial surgery high resolving soft tissue information of the human face in upright position is needed. This information can be gained by holographic methods, which allow a recording of the whole face in an extremely short time period, so that no movement artefacts occur. The hologram is recorded with a single laser pulse of 25 ns duration and stored in photosensitive material. After automated wet-chemical processing, the hologram is optically reconstructed with a cw-laser. During the optical reconstruction, a light field, which is a one-to-one three-dimensional representation of the recorded face, emerges at its original position and is digitized into a set of two-dimensional projections. Digital image processing leads to merging of these projections into a three-dimensional computer model. Besides the topometric information, a high resolving pixel precise texture is also extracted from the holographic reconstruction and used for the texturing of the computer models. The use of mirrors allows the simultaneous recording of three different views of the face with one laser pulse. The three different views of the face can be combined easily, because they are simultaneously recorded. Thus a recording range of approximately 270 degrees is achieved. In addition to the medical application, high resolving and textured computer models of faces are of tremendous importance for facial reconstruction in anthropology, forensic science and archaeology.

  17. Quantitative mapping of fast voltage pulses in tunnel junctions by plasmonic luminescence

    Grosse, Christoph; Etzkorn, Markus; Kuhnke, Klaus; Loth, Sebastian; Kern, Klaus

    2013-10-01

    An optical read-out technique is demonstrated that enables mapping the time-dependent electrostatic potential in the tunnel junction of a scanning tunneling microscope with millivolt and nanosecond accuracy. We measure the time-dependent intensity of plasmonic light emitted from the tunnel junction upon excitation with a nanosecond voltage pulse. The light intensity is found to be a quantitative measure of the voltage between tip and sample. This permits non-invasive mapping of fast voltage transients directly at the tunnel junction. Knowledge of the pulse profile reaching the tunnel junction is applied to optimize the experiment's time response by actively shaping the incident pulses.

  18. Development of ultra-precision machining, assembling and measurement for accelerating structure

    Ultra-precision fabrication is required for making the accelerating structure for the next generation of the linear collider. Main components of the accelerating structure consists of approximately two hundred cells, each made of oxygen-free copper with an outer diameter and thickness of 80 mm and 9 mm, respectively. Firstly these cells are machined with sub-micron precision. Following steps to make a complete unit are firstly rinsing the cells, then assembling them precisely, and finally to bond them with keeping the initial precision. Here are described newly-developed effective techniques for machining, measurement, and assembly, which satisfy strict requirements for precision in the construction of the accelerating structure for the Japan Linear Collider (JLC) project. (author)

  19. Stable radiation pressure acceleration of ions by suppressing transverse Rayleigh-Taylor instability with multiple Gaussian pulses

    Zhou, M. L.; Liu, B.; Hu, R. H.; Shou, Y. R.; Lin, C.; Lu, H. Y.; Lu, Y. R.; Gu, Y. Q.; Ma, W. J.; Yan, X. Q.

    2016-08-01

    In the case of a thin plasma slab accelerated by the radiation pressure of an ultra-intense laser pulse, the development of Rayleigh-Taylor instability (RTI) will destroy the acceleration structure and terminate the acceleration process much sooner than theoretical limit. In this paper, a new scheme using multiple Gaussian pulses for ion acceleration in a radiation pressure acceleration regime is investigated with particle-in-cell simulation. We found that with multiple Gaussian pulses, the instability could be efficiently suppressed and the divergence of the ion bunch is greatly reduced, resulting in a longer acceleration time and much more collimated ion bunch with higher energy than using a single Gaussian pulse. An analytical model is developed to describe the suppression of RTI at the laser-plasma interface. The model shows that the suppression of RTI is due to the introduction of the long wavelength mode RTI by the multiple Gaussian pulses.

  20. Protecting and accelerating adiabatic passage with time-delayed pulse sequences

    Sampedro, Pablo; Sola, Ignacio R

    2016-01-01

    Using numerical simulations of two-photon electronic absorption with femtosecond pulses in Na$_2$ we show that: i) it is possible to avoid the characteristic saturation or dumped Rabi oscillations in the yield of absorption by time-delaying the laser pulses; ii) it is possible to accelerate the onset of adiabatic passage by using the vibrational coherence starting in a wave packet; and iii) it is possible to prepare the initial wave packet in order to achieve full state-selective transitions with broadband pulses. The findings can be used, for instance, to achieve ultrafast adiabatic passage by light-induced potentials and understand its intrinsic robustness.

  1. Single-Shot Femtosecond Electron Diffraction with Laser-Accelerated Electrons: Experimental Demonstration of Electron Pulse Compression

    We report the first experimental demonstration of longitudinal compression of laser-accelerated electron pulses. Accelerated by a femtosecond laser pulse with an intensity of 1018 W/cm2, an electron pulse with an energy of around 350 keV and a relative momentum spread of about 10-2 was compressed to a 500-fs pulse at a distance of about 50 cm from the electron source by using a magnetic pulse compressor. This pulse was used to generate a clear diffraction pattern of a gold crystal in a single shot. This method solves the space-charge problem in ultrafast electron diffraction.

  2. Stochastically fluctuations of the modernized fast pulsed reactor IBR-2

    Full Text : Stochastically fluctuations of the power of the IBR-2 reactor have been quite significant (20 percent), they affect the dynamics of the reactor, the process of regulation, starting on the work of the experimental equipment, etc. On the other hand, the presence of large fluctuations in power at the IBR-2M has had its advantages. Investigation of stochastic fluctuations has allowed to estimate some physical parameters of the nuclear reactor core, for example, the mean lifetime of prompt neutrons in the reactor, source of spontaneous neutrons, and absolute power of the reactor. The main results of the investigation impulse stochastically fluctuations of the IBR-2 periodic pulsed reactor after modernization have been presented. It has been shown that the experimental results have been close to the calculated ones

  3. Accelerating protons to therapeutic energies with ultraintense, ultraclean, and ultrashort laser pulses

    Bulanov, Stepan S.; Brantov, Andrei; Bychenkov, Valery Yu.; Chvykov, Vladimir; Kalinchenko, Galina; Matsuoka, Takeshi; Rousseau, Pascal; Reed, Stephen; Yanovsky, Victor; Krushelnick, Karl; Litzenberg, Dale William; Maksimchuk, Anatoly

    2008-01-01

    Proton acceleration by high-intensity laser pulses from ultrathin foils for hadron therapy is discussed. With the improvement of the laser intensity contrast ratio to 10−11 achieved on the Hercules laser at the University of Michigan, it became possible to attain laser-solid interactions at intensities up to 1022 W∕cm2 that allows an efficient regime of laser-driven ion acceleration from submicron foils. Particle-in-cell (PIC) computer simulations of proton acceleration in the directed Coulom...

  4. Dosimetry and fast neutron energies characterization of photoneutrons produced in some medical linear accelerators

    Khaled, N. E.; Attalla, E. M.; Ammar, H.; Khalil, W.

    2011-12-01

    This work focusses on the estimation of induced photoneutrons energy, fluence, and strength using nuclear track detector (NTD) (CR-39). Photoneutron energy was estimated for three different linear accelerators, LINACs as an example for the commonly used accelerators. For high-energy linear accelerators, neutrons are produced as a consequence of photonuclear reactions in the target nuclei, accelerator head, field-flattening filters and beam collimators, and other irradiated objects. NTD (CR-39) is used to evaluate energy and fluence of the fast neutron. Track length is used to estimate fast photoneutrons energy for linear accelerators (Elekta 10 MV, Elekta 15 MV, and Varian 15 MV). Results show that the estimated neutron energies for the three chosen examples of LINACs reveals neutron energies in the range of 1-2 MeV for 10 and 15 MV X-ray beams. The fluence of neutrons at the isocenter (Φtotal) is found to be (4×106 n cm2 Gy-1) for Elekta machine 10 MV. The neutron source strengths Q are calculated. It was found to be 0.2×1012 n Gy-1 X-ray at the isocenter. This work represents simple, low cost, and accurate methods of measuring fast neutrons dose and energies.

  5. Complex envelope control of pulsed accelerating fields in superconducting cavities

    Czarski, T

    2010-01-01

    A digital control system for superconducting cavities of a linear accelerator is presented in this work. FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Arrays) based controller, managed by MATLAB, was developed to investigate a novel firmware implementation. The LLRF - Low Level Radio Frequency system for FLASH project in DESY is introduced. Essential modeling of a cavity resonator with signal and power analysis is considered as a key approach to the control methods. An electrical model is represented by the non-stationary state space equation for the complex envelope of the cavity voltage driven by the current generator and the beam loading. The electromechanical model of the superconducting cavity resonator including the Lorentz force detuning has been developed for a simulation purpose. The digital signal processing is proposed for the field vector detection. The field vector sum control is considered for multiple cavities driven by one klystron. An algebraic, complex domain model is proposed for the system analysis. The c...

  6. Implementation of a new composite pulse for excitation in fast proton spectroscopic imaging at 15 T

    Starčuk jr., Zenon; Starčuk, Zenon; Starčuková, Jana; Krupa, P.

    Seattle: ISMRM, 2006, s. 3070. ISSN 1545-4436. [ISMRM 14th Scientific Meeting and Exhibition. Seattle (US), 06.05.2006-12.05.2006] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20650511 Keywords : fast MR spectroskopic imaging * composite pulses Subject RIV: JA - Electronics ; Optoelectronics, Electrical Engineering

  7. A UV LED-based fast-pulsed photoelectron source for time-of-flight studies

    Valerius, K.; Beck, M.; Arlinghaus, H.; Bonn, J.; Hannen, V.M.; Hein, H.; Ostrick, B.; Streubel, S.; Weinheimer, C.; Zbořil, Miroslav

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 11, - (2009), 063018/1-063018/16. ISSN 1367-2630 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LA318 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505 Keywords : fast-pulsed * high-resolution * time-of-flight Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders Impact factor: 3.312, year: 2009

  8. Strong Field Acceleration of Attosecond Electron Pulses emitted by a Sharp Metallic Nanoprobe

    Piglosiewicz B.

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available We report on the observation of strong near-field acceleration of attosecond electron pulses emitted from a sharp nanometer-sized gold tip. Kinetic energy spectra extending over tens of eV and varying qualitatively with laser wavelength and intensity are explained in terms of the spatiotemporal electron dynamics in the strong field gradient at the tip apex.

  9. Intense giga watt pulsed electron accelerators for HPM and FXR generation

    New development in the field of high power pulsed accelerator is the KALI-30GW system capable of delivering 1 MV, 30 kA, 80 ns electron beam pulses. This system has all indigenous components including energy storage capacitors and transformer oil as the dielectric and insulating medium. The energy balance in each stage of sub-system has been maintained to have better efficiency of energy transfer and improving the life of associated insulators. It has been used for high power microwaves generation using reflex triode and relativistic magnetron successfully. A suitable flash-X-rays gun is also designed and developed for this system. The results of these experiments will be presented in this paper. In order to make pulsed electron accelerators compact and repetitive, two more systems are developed in Accelerator and Pulse Power Division, BTDG, BARC which are Linear Induction Accelerator (LIA-400) tested up to 400 kV, 4 kA,100 ns,1-300 Hz and repetitive Marx generator rated for 300 kV, 12 kA, 300 ns, 10 Hz are also developed which are being used for Intentional ElectroMagnetic Interference (IEMI) studies of various electronics circuitry/devices. A few experimental investigations are also done using these systems to understand the effect of cathode material, relativistic electron beam and flash-X-rays emission. Latest results are being illustrated. (author)

  10. Electron acceleration in vacuum by ultrashort and tightly focused radially polarized laser pulses

    Piché Michel

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Exact closed-form solutions to Maxwell’s equations are used to investigate electron acceleration driven by radially polarized laser beams in the nonparaxial and ultra-short pulse regime. Besides allowing for higher energy gains,such beams could generate synchronized counterpropagating electron bunches.

  11. Enhanced radiation pressure-assisted acceleration by temporally tuned counter-propagating pulses

    Within the last decade, laser-ion acceleration has become a field of broad interest. The possibility to generate short proton- or heavy ion bunches with an energy of a few tens of MeV by table-top laser systems could open new opportunities for medical or technical applications. Nevertheless, today's laser-acceleration schemes lead mainly to a temperature-like energy distribution of the accelerated ions, a big disadvantage compared to mono-energetic beams from conventional accelerators. Recent results [1] of laser-ion acceleration using radiation-pressure appear promising to overcome this drawback. In this paper, we demonstrate the influence of a second counter-propagating laser pulse interacting with a nm-thick target, creating a well defined pre-plasma

  12. Small-sized accelerating tube for electron acceleration to 500 keV at pulse duration of 2 ns

    The design and characteristics (current, voltage, current density, electron beam structure, energy spectrum, and dose rate) of a soldered small-size two-electrode 600 kV accelerating tube are considered. A six-stage Arkadiev-Marx generator is the pulse high-voltage supply of nanosecond duration. When using a cathode (diameter of 8 mm) made of tantalum foil 0.02 mm thick and with interelectrode gap of 10 mm, the amplitude of the electron beam current beyond the beryllium anode equals to 1040 A under maximum voltage of 490 kV, current pulse duration of 2 ns, number of electrons is 1013. The increased electron density on the anode in a spot of 4 mm in diameter is observed; the current density in the spot reaches 1 kA/cm2. The electron energy in the beam beyond the anode is as much as 0.6-0.8 J per pulse, and the dose rate near the outer surface of the outlet window is 1014-1015 rad/s. The use of an intensifying oil spark gap is shown to increase radiation hardness. The accelerating tube provides more than 105 shots in a single-switching mode

  13. Tuning of the RF pulse compressor in the C-band accelerator at SACLA

    The main accelerator of SACLA (SPring-8 Angstrom Compact Free Electron Laser) is the C-band (5712 MHz) accelerator. In order to obtain high accelerating gradient (typ. 35 MV/m), an RF pulse compressor (SLED) is used. Precise tuning of resonant frequency is necessary to maximize power efficiency, to reduce the RF reflection, and to improve the stability. Mechanical tuners of both cavities were adjusted to meet the target value of 5712 ±0.05 MHz and VSWR < 1.15. After the high power RF conditioning, the resonant frequencies were finally tuned to be 5712 ±0.02 MHz by controlling the temperature of cooling water. In order to suppress the 'spiky' waveform in the RF pulse compressor output, which causes the HV breakdown, an amplitude modulation was applied. It effectively reduced 20% of the peak power compared to the simple square wave, conserving the effective acceleration energy gain. The beam energy multiplication factor was about 2, which is consistent with the designed value. We confirmed the operational performance of the RF pulse compressor, which enables us to obtain designed accelerating gradient of 35 MV/m. (author)

  14. Solid-state fast voltage compensator for pulsed power applications requiring constant AC power consumption

    Magallanes, Francisco Cabaleiro; Viarouge, Philippe; Cros, Jérôme

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes a novel topological solution for pulsed power converters based on capacitor-discharge topologies, integrating a Fast Voltage Compensator which allows an operation at constant power consumption from the utility grid. This solution has been retained as a possible candidate for the CLIC project under study at CERN, which requires more than a thousand synchronously-operated klystron modulators producing a total pulsed power of almost 40 GW. The proposed Fast Voltage Compensator is integrated in the modulator such that it only has to treat the capacitor charger current and a fraction of the charging voltage, meaning that its dimensioning power and cost are minimized. This topology can be used to improve the AC power quality of any pulsed converters based on capacitor-discharge concept. A prototype has been built and exploited to validate the operating principle and demonstrate the benefits of the proposed solution.

  15. Current and voltage monitors on a pulsed-power accelerator 'Gamma-1'

    There is presented a system of registering electric parameters of high-current pulsed electron accelerator 'Gamma-1' its output electric power being 1.5 TW. The accelerator system of registration makes it possible to register in a single time scale the voltage pulses with the amplitude up to 3 MV, current pulses with the amplitude up to 1 MA and duration from several nanoseconds to a microsecond. Into the system of registration there are included two-step resistive voltage dividers, capacitive voltage divider, Rogowski coils, sectionalized Rogowski coils, B-dots, shunts, transmission line, attenuators, oscilloscopes, program system. The program system is aimed at reading, transmitting and processing information from oscilloscopes on the archival computer and provides interaction with database of current and voltage sensors, cables and filters. For each registration session the system also forms a map of experiment where system configuration and experiment parameters are presented. (author)

  16. Current and voltage monitors on a pulsed-power accelerator “Gamma-1”

    Zavyalov, N. V.; Gordeev, V. S.; Grishin, A. V.; Puchagin, S. Yu.; Strabykin, K. V.; Kalashnikov, D. A.; Mansurov, D. O.; Moiseevskikh, M. A.; Majornikova, V. L.; Kozachek, A. V.; Mikhailov, E. S.; Kalashnikov, D. A.; Kozachek, A. V.

    2014-08-01

    There is presented a system of registering electric parameters of high-current pulsed electron accelerator “Gamma-1” its output electric power being 1.5 TW. The accelerator system of registration makes it possible to register in a single time scale the voltage pulses with the amplitude up to 3 MV, current pulses with the amplitude up to 1 MA and duration from several nanoseconds to a microsecond. Into the system of registration there are included two-step resistive voltage dividers, capacitive voltage divider, Rogowski coils, sectionalized Rogowski coils, B-dots, shunts, transmission line, attenuators, oscilloscopes, program system. The program system is aimed at reading, transmitting and processing information from oscilloscopes on the archival computer and provides interaction with database of current and voltage sensors, cables and filters. For each registration session the system also forms a map of experiment where system configuration and experiment parameters are presented.

  17. Railguns and plasma accelerators: arc armatures, pulse power sources and US patents

    Friedrich, O.M. Jr.

    1980-11-01

    Railguns and plasma accelerators have the potential for use in many basic and applied research projects, such as in creating high-pressures for equation-of-state studies and in impact fusion. A brief review of railguns and plasma accelerators with references is presented. Railgun performance is critically dependent on armature operation. Plasma arc railgun armatures are addressed. Pulsed power supplies for multi-stage railguns are considered. This includes brief comments on the compensated pulsed alternator, or compulsator, rotating machinery, and distributed energy sources for railguns. References are given at the end of each section. Appendix A contains a brief review of the US Patents on multi-staging techniques for electromagnetic accelerators, plasma propulsion devices, and electric guns.

  18. Railguns and plasma accelerators: arc armatures, pulse power sources and US patents

    Railguns and plasma accelerators have the potential for use in many basic and applied research projects, such as in creating high-pressures for equation-of-state studies and in impact fusion. A brief review of railguns and plasma accelerators with references is presented. Railgun performance is critically dependent on armature operation. Plasma arc railgun armatures are addressed. Pulsed power supplies for multi-stage railguns are considered. This includes brief comments on the compensated pulsed alternator, or compulsator, rotating machinery, and distributed energy sources for railguns. References are given at the end of each section. Appendix A contains a brief review of the US Patents on multi-staging techniques for electromagnetic accelerators, plasma propulsion devices, and electric guns

  19. The COBRA accelerator pulsed-power driver for Cornell/Sandia ICF research

    Smith, D.L.; Ingwersen, P.; Bennett, L.F.; Boyes, J.D. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Anderson, D.E.; Greenly, J.B.; Sudan, R.N.; Hammer, D.A. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)

    1995-07-01

    This paper introduces and describes the new Cornell Beam Research Accelerator, COBRA, the result of a three and one-half year collaboration. The flexible 4 to 5-MV, 100 to 250-kA, 46-ns pulse width accelerator is based on a four-cavity Inductive Voltage Adder (IVA) design. In addition to being a mix of new and existing components, COBRA is unique in the sense that each cavity is driven by a single pulse forming line, and the IVA output polarity may be reversed by rotating the cavities 1800 about their vertical axis. Our tests with negative high voltage on the inner MITL stalk indicate that the vacuum power flow has established reasonable azimuthal symmetry within about 2 ns (or 0.6 m) after the cavity output cap. Preliminary results with the accelerator, single cavity, and MITL are presented alone, with the design details and circuit model predictions.

  20. Methods and programs of thermal hydraulic calculations of fast reactor fuel assemblies

    The methods and computer codes for calculating the velocity and temperature distributions in fast reactor fuel assemblies are described and analyzed. Three levels of thermal hydraulic analysis of fuel element bundles can be distinguished, viz.: analysis of local characteristics (finite element method, finite difference method), subchannel analysis (lumped parameter method), and analysis of characteristics averaged over volumes (porous body model). The possibilities of the existing computer codes and methods are demonstrated and conclusions regarding the future development of methods of and codes for thermal hydraulic analysis of fuel assemblies are presented. (author). 102 figs., 17 tabs., 256 refs

  1. Design trade-off study for a large volume short pulse neutron assembly

    There is a continuing need within the radiation effects research community for more intense and larger volume pulsed neutron facilities. To fulfill these requirements a study was performed to examine conceptual designs for a neutron assembly that could produce high-intensity, short pulse neutron environments over a large experimental volume. The desired system characteristics were a cylindrical experimental cavity 60 inches long (152.4 cm) with a 24 inch diameter (60.96 cm), a cavity fluence of φr = 8x1014 n/cm2, and a neutron pulse width of τ = 10--20 μs. Attention was focused on booster assemblies which have been studied since the 1950s at Harwell, General Atomic, and at Sandia National Laboratories. Five conceptual designs were developed and evaluated. Only a two-stage coupled core design with a NpO2 primary core assembly was found to meet the design goals. A program is proposed to refine the design and to construct this nuclear assembly. The proposed three-phase effort represents a conservative approach that will yield large increases in the experiment volume even if the final coupled-core design is not realized

  2. Assembly and installation of the 2 MeV FMIT accelerator

    The front end of the 35-MeV Fusion Materials Irradiation Test (FMIT) Facility accelerator is being assembled and installed at Los Alamos. The machine ultimately will produce a 500-kW continuous-duty beam at 5 MeV, although only the first 2 MeV will be installed this year. The 2-MeV system will include the most-powerful radio-frequency quadrupole (RFQ) in existence. The assembly and installation of the hardware are described, along with the unique problems arising from the large size and high power of the components involved

  3. Instantaneous coherent destruction of tunneling and fast quantum state preparation for strongly pulsed spin qubits in diamond

    Wubs, Martijn

    2010-01-01

    Qubits driven by resonant strong pulses are studied and a parameter regime is explored in which the dynamics can be solved in closed form. Instantaneous coherent destruction of tunneling can be seen for longer pulses, whereas shorter pulses allow a fast preparation of the qubit state. Results are...

  4. Generators of fast electron nanosecond pulses with energy of 500 keV

    Possibility of using IMAS-150Eh commercially produced miniature electron tube in pulse generators of fast electrons with energy of up to 500 keV has been investigated. Structures of two such generators are described. High-voltage nanosecond pulses are shaped by an increasing pulse transformer with subsequent peaking of front. Discharger of high pressure is used for this in one version, in the second-discharger in combination with double shaping line with gas isolation. Electron current pulses of 1.5-2.5 ns duration at a semiheight and amplitude of up to 1200 A. It is concluded that construction simplicity and small quantity of elements in a high- voltage part of the circuit privide high reliability of the devices described

  5. A UV LED-based fast-pulsed photoelectron source for time-of-flight studies

    Valerius, K; Arlinghaus, H; Bonn, J; Hannen, V M; Hein, H; Ostrick, B; Streubel, S; Weinheimer, Ch; Zboril, M

    2009-01-01

    We report on spectroscopy and time-of-flight measurements using an 18 keV fast-pulsed photoelectron source of adjustable intensity, ranging from single photoelectrons per pulse to 5 photoelectrons per microsecond at pulse repetition rates of up to 10 kHz. Short pulses between 40 ns and 40 microseconds in length were produced by switching light emitting diodes with central output wavelengths of 265 nm and 257 nm, in the deep ultraviolet (or UV-C) regime, at kHz frequencies. Such photoelectron sources can be useful calibration devices for testing the properties of high-resolution electrostatic spectrometers, like the ones used in current neutrino mass searches.

  6. Pulse radiolysis with (sub) nanosecond time resolution using a 3 MV electron accelerator

    In this thesis the development of equipment for pulse radiolysis is described and the application of the technique to time-resolved measurements of the fluorescence emission of excited states formed after irradiation of some alkanes is dealt with. A review is given of the development of the pulsed 3MV Van de Graaf electron accelerator for the generation of subnanosecond electron beam pulses and of the development of the equipment for optical detection as accomplished by the author. The initial stage of a further development for shorter pulses and higher time resolution is briefly discussed. A collection of papers on the development of apparatus and a collection of papers dealing with the results obtained from measurements of the fluorescence of excited states, formed by the recombination of electrons and ions in irradiated alkanes such as cyclohexane and the decalines, are included. (Auth.)

  7. Monte Carlo modeling and analyses of YALINA- booster subcritical assembly Part II : pulsed neutron source.

    Talamo, A.; Gohar, M. Y. A.; Rabiti, C.; Nuclear Engineering Division

    2008-10-22

    One of the most reliable experimental methods for measuring the kinetic parameters of a subcritical assembly is the Sjoestrand method applied to the reaction rate generated from a pulsed neutron source. This study developed a new analytical methodology for characterizing the kinetic parameters of a subcritical assembly using the Sjoestrand method, which allows comparing the analytical and experimental time dependent reaction rates and the reactivity measurements. In this methodology, the reaction rate, detector response, is calculated due to a single neutron pulse using MCNP/MCNPX computer code or any other neutron transport code that explicitly simulates the fission delayed neutrons. The calculation simulates a single neutron pulse over a long time period until the delayed neutron contribution to the reaction is vanished. The obtained reaction rate is superimposed to itself, with respect to the time, to simulate the repeated pulse operation until the asymptotic level of the reaction rate, set by the delayed neutrons, is achieved. The superimposition of the pulse to itself was calculated by a simple C computer program. A parallel version of the C program is used due to the large amount of data being processed, e.g. by the Message Passing Interface (MPI). The new calculation methodology has shown an excellent agreement with the experimental results available from the YALINA-Booster facility of Belarus. The facility has been driven by a Deuterium-Deuterium or Deuterium-Tritium pulsed neutron source and the (n,p) reaction rate has been experimentally measured by a {sup 3}He detector. The MCNP calculation has utilized the weight window and delayed neutron biasing variance reduction techniques since the detector volume is small compared to the assembly volume. Finally, this methodology was used to calculate the IAEA benchmark of the YALINA-Booster experiment.

  8. Design of a boron neutron capture enhanced fast neutron therapy assembly

    Wang, Zhonglu

    2006-08-01

    The use of boron neutron capture to boost tumor dose in fast neutron therapy has been investigated at several fast neutron therapy centers worldwide. This treatment is termed boron neutron capture enhanced fast neutron therapy (BNCEFNT). It is a combination of boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) and fast neutron therapy (FNT). It is believed that BNCEFNT may be useful in the treatment of some radioresistant brain tumors, such as glioblastoma multiform (GBM). A boron neutron capture enhanced fast neutron therapy assembly has been designed for the Fermilab Neutron Therapy Facility (NTF). This assembly uses a tungsten filter and collimator near the patient's head, with a graphite reflector surrounding the head to significantly increase the dose due to boron neutron capture reactions. The assembly was designed using Monte Carlo radiation transport code MCNP version 5 for a standard 20x20 cm{sup 2} treatment beam. The calculated boron dose enhancement at 5.7-cm depth in a water-filled head phantom in the assembly with a 5x5 cm{sup 2} collimation was 21.9% per 100-ppm {sup 10}B for a 5.0-cm tungsten filter and 29.8% for a 8.5-cm tungsten filter. The corresponding dose rate for the 5.0-cm and 8.5-cm thick filters were 0.221 and 0.127 Gy/min, respectively; about 48.5% and 27.9% of the dose rate of the standard 10x10 cm{sup 2} fast neutron treatment beam. To validate the design calculations, a simplified BNCEFNT assembly was built using four lead bricks to form a 5x5 cm{sup 2} collimator. Five 1.0-cm thick 20x20 cm{sup 2} tungsten plates were used to obtain different filter thicknesses and graphite bricks/blocks were used to form a reflector. Measurements of the dose enhancement of the simplified assembly in a water-filled head phantom were performed using a pair of tissue-equivalent ion chambers. One of the ion chambers is loaded with 1000-ppm natural boron (184-ppm {sup 10}B) to measure dose due to boron neutron capture. The measured dose enhancement at 5.0-cm depth

  9. Single assembly preliminary analysis for horizontal seismic analysis on fast breeder reactor core

    Seismic analysis is one of important parts of fast breeder reactor (FBR) core design. It is necessary for structural integrity assessment and analysis of variation of reactivity under the earthquake. Moreover some important data for qualification of the scram capability of the control rods during the earthquake. Moreover some important data for qualification of the scram capability of the control rods during the earthquake could be provided. In the paper, FINAS, one finite element code developed by Japanese engineers, was used. The calculation model and method were studied on single assembly in China Experimental Fast Reactor (CEFR), as an example. Some preliminary analyses were carried out, which prepare for the seismic analysis on multiple assemblies in FBR core. (authors)

  10. Online calculation of the decay heat of assemblies at the Fast Flux Test Facility

    The Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) is utilized by the US Department of Energy and the international community as a fast reactor research tool. Its use includes, among other things, the irradiation testing of nuclear reactor fuels and materials required for the development of commercial liquid metal reactors. The decay heat rate of assemblies irradiated in the FFTF is an important parameter in establishing the transportation, examination, and storage of irradiated assemblies. The decay heat program which is maintained on a Cray super computer along with a Symphony speadsheet program running on a personal computer (PC) were created to accommodate this need. This unique synthesis provides a method of combing the capabilities of a mainframe computer with those of a PC

  11. Neutron pulse propagation in natural UO sub(2) subcritical assembly moderated by heavy water

    Short neutron bursts are fed to the graphite base of CAPITU, a D sub(2)O - natural uranium subcritical assembly. Due to the dispersive properties of the media the wave -components of the neutron pulses are attenuated and phase shifted along the axial direction. The experimental impulse response is Fourier transformed to yield the system's dispersion law, a relationship connecting the neutron diffusion parameters and the inverse complex relaxation length K (ω). The experimental results for five assemblies studied in CAPITU are compared with the theoretical dispersion law obtained from the two group diffusion theory. (author)

  12. Growth Processes for a pulse of leptin in fasting human subjects

    Geetha.T

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A meal-like transient hyperinsulinemia and hyperglycemia, with a pulse of xamethasone, increased serum leptin levels from baseline by 54±21% at 9 h (P = 0.038. In the absence of transient hyperglycemia, leptin increased significantly after doses of both insulin and xamethasone. The effect of insulin was dose-dependent, with a larger increment of serum leptin at 9 h after the highest dose of insulin (75.2±15.7% vs 21.3±8.5%, P = 0.013. Fasting, with or without dexamethasone, resulted in a significant 20% decrease in leptin from morning basal levels. Conversely, the administration of a pulse of insulin and glucose, in the absence of dexamethasone, prevented the drop in serum leptin observed during fasting, regardless of the insulin dose or the serum glucose elevation. The permissive effect of dexamethasone, a single pulse of insulin triggered a rise in serum leptin in humans, even in the absence of transient hyperglycemia. A single pulse of insulin with glucose can prevent the drop in serum leptin normally observed during fasting. We also find the Growth Processes of Leptin

  13. Studies of the pulse-line accelerator using a circuit model

    This note describes a simple model developed to explore some of the properties of the pulse-line ion accelerator [1], here represented as a series of lumped elements, in the general parameter regime for the ''NDCX-1d'' experiments. The goals of this modeling are: to understand the evolution of various possible input pulses in the presence of dispersive effects and imperfect termination of the line; to examine scenarios for beam acceleration; and to explore the effects of ''beam loading'', that is, changes to the voltages along the helical line that result from the interaction of the beam's return current with the ''circuitry'' of that line. In Section 1 below, the model is described and the method of solution outlined; in Section 2, a low-current example of beam acceleration is presented; in Section 3, runs are presented showing the development of beam loading-induced voltages as model pulses are followed; in section 4, the modeling of a higher-current beam under acceleration is presented, and the effects of beam loading quantified; and in section 5, a brief summary of complementary efforts and of plans to extend the modeling is presented

  14. Suppressing beam-centroid motion in a long-pulse linear induction accelerator

    Ekdahl, Carl; Abeyta, E. O.; Archuleta, R.; Bender, H.; Broste, W.; Carlson, C.; Cook, G.; Frayer, D.; Harrison, J.; Hughes, T.; Johnson, J.; Jacquez, E.; McCuistian, B. Trent; Montoya, N.; Nath, S.; Nielsen, K.; Rose, C.; Schulze, M.; Smith, H. V.; Thoma, C.; Tom, C. Y.

    2011-12-01

    The second axis of the dual-axis radiography of hydrodynamic testing (DARHT) facility produces up to four radiographs within an interval of 1.6μs. It does this by slicing four micropulses out of a 2-μs long electron beam pulse and focusing them onto a bremsstrahlung converter target. The 1.8-kA beam pulse is created by a dispenser cathode diode and accelerated to more than 16 MeV by the unique DARHT Axis-II linear induction accelerator (LIA). Beam motion in the accelerator would be a problem for multipulse flash radiography. High-frequency motion, such as from beam-breakup (BBU) instability, would blur the individual spots. Low-frequency motion, such as produced by pulsed-power variation, would produce spot-to-spot differences. In this article, we describe these sources of beam motion, and the measures we have taken to minimize it. Using the methods discussed, we have reduced beam motion at the accelerator exit to less than 2% of the beam envelope radius for the high-frequency BBU, and less than 1/3 of the envelope radius for the low-frequency sweep.

  15. A thermal-hydraulic test rig for advanced fast reactor fuel assemblies

    A new design of fast reactor fuel assemblies has been proposed in which the pins are supported in grids attached to the wrapper by flexible skirts. Coolant mixing is enhanced by the skirts diverting flow into the cluster of pins at each grid. There are insufficient empirical data available for the detailed design of the skirt or for the input to computer calculations of flow and heat transfer. A test rig to provide these data has been designed and built. (author)

  16. Fast MATLAB assembly of FEM matrices in 2D and 3D: Edge elements

    Anjam, Immanuel; Valdman, Jan

    2014-01-01

    We propose an effective and flexible way to assemble finite element stiffness and mass matrices in MATLAB. We apply this for problems discretized by edge finite elements. Typical edge finite elements are Raviart-Thomas elements used in discretizations of H(div) spaces and Nedelec elements in discretizations of H(curl) spaces. We explain vectorization ideas and comment on a freely available MATLAB code which is fast and scalable with respect to time.

  17. Fast multipole acceleration of the MEG/EEG boundary element method

    The accurate solution of the forward electrostatic problem is an essential first step before solving the inverse problem of magneto- and electroencephalography (MEG/EEG). The symmetric Galerkin boundary element method is accurate but cannot be used for very large problems because of its computational complexity and memory requirements. We describe a fast multipole-based acceleration for the symmetric boundary element method (BEM). It creates a hierarchical structure of the elements and approximates far interactions using spherical harmonics expansions. The accelerated method is shown to be as accurate as the direct method, yet for large problems it is both faster and more economical in terms of memory consumption

  18. The mechanical integrity of fuel pin cladding in a pulsed-beam accelerator driven subcritical reactor

    Highlights: ► We develop the PTS-ADS code to study transients in ADSR cladding. ► We study thermal response in an ADSR cladding to pulsed beam operation. ► We perform thermal fatigue analysis. ► The cladding mechanical integrity can be assumed unaffected by repetitive temperature variations due to pulsed beam operation. - Abstract: The Accelerator Driven Subcritical Reactor (ADSR) is one of the reactor designs proposed for future nuclear energy production. Interest in the ADSR arises from its enhanced and intrinsic safety characteristics, as well as its potential ability to utilize the large global reserves of thorium and to burn legacy actinide waste from other reactors and decommissioned nuclear weapons. The ADSR concept is based on the coupling of a particle accelerator and a subcritical core by means of a neutron spallation target interface. One of the candidate accelerator technologies receiving increasing attention, the Fixed Field Alternating Gradient (FFAG) accelerator, generates a pulsed proton beam. This paper investigates the impact of pulsed proton beam operation on the mechanical integrity of the fuel pin cladding. A pulsed beam induces repetitive temperature changes in the reactor core which lead to cyclic thermal stresses in the cladding. To perform the thermal analysis aspects of this study a code that couples the neutron kinetics of a subcritical core to a cylindrical geometry heat transfer model was developed. This code, named PTS-ADS, enables temperature variations in the cladding to be calculated. These results are then used to perform thermal fatigue analysis and to predict the stress-life behaviour of the cladding.

  19. Experimental Study of the Neutron Characteristics of Fast Cores in the Ermine Thermal-Fast Critical Assembly

    A section of fast-reactor lattice was placed in the central hole of the MINERVE reactor, thus forming a coupled ''thermal-fast'' critical assembly. The authors describe the construction of the first core, composed of the MASURCA 1-B lattice of 30% enriched uranium diluted in graphite, together with the experimental techniques used. Most measurements were carried out by the oscillation method, using an automatic regulating rod, to compensate for reactivity effects. The experiment was conducted with special care, so as to avoid electronic, mechanical and neutron perturbations as much as possible. The paper shows the results of measurements of spectral indices and of reactivity effects of fissile, fertile and structural materials. It also contains the results of experiments carried out to determine heterogeneity effects, the Doppler effect of 238U and the importance functions. These experimental values are compared with values calculated from transport theory. The authors analyse sources of error, various causes of perturbations and improvements required in the methods of interpretation. The authors conclude that the difficulties met in the interpretation of these experiments are due to the fact that the core has two zones and that they are the same, whether the driver zone is thermal or fast, when the asymptotic spectrum is reached. (author)

  20. Research on imploded plasma heating by short pulse laser for fast ignition

    Since the peta watt module (PWM) laser was constructed in 1995, investigated are heating processes of imploded plasmas by intense short pulse lasers. In order to heat the dense plasma locally, a heating laser pulse should be guided into compressed plasmas as deeply as possible. Since the last IAEA Fusion Conference, the feasibility of fast ignition has been investigated by using the short pulse GEKKO MII glass laser and the PWM laser with GEKKO XII laser. We found that relativistic electrons are generated efficiently in a preformed plasma to heat dense plasmas. The coupling efficiency of short pulse laser energy to a solid density plasma is 40% when no plasmas are pre-formed, and 20% when a large scale plasma is formed by a long pulse laser pre-irradiation. The experimental results are confirmed by numerical simulations using the simulation code 'MONET' which stands for the Monte-Carlo Electron Transport code developed at Osaka. In the GEKKO XII and PWM laser experiments, intense heating pulses are injected into imploded plasmas. As a result of the injection of heating pulse, it is found that high energy electrons and ions could penetrate into imploded core plasmas to enhance neutron yield by factor 3∼5. (author)

  1. Central Reactivity Measurements on Assemblies 1 and 3 of the Fast Reactor FR0

    The reactivity effects of small samples of various materials have been measured, by the period method at the core centre of Assemblies 1 and 3 of the fast zero power reactor FR0. For some materials the reactivity change as a function of sample size has also been determined experimentally. The core of Assembly 1 consisted only of uranium enriched to 20 % whereas the core of Assembly 3 was diluted with 30 % graphite. The results have been compared with calculated values obtained with a second-order transport-theoretical perturbation model and using differently shielded cross sections depending upon sample size. Qualitative agreement has generally been found, although discrepancies still exist. The spectrum perturbation caused by the experimental arrangement has been analyzed and found to be rather important

  2. Design of Central Sub Assembly Temperature Monitoring System for Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

    The Central Sub Assembly Temperature Monitoring (CSATM) System for 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is a safety critical system. It is an independent, standalone, hardwired and diversified system to neutronic parameters. The detection of integrity of the subassembly plays a major role, because of high power density and compact core structure of PFBR fuel. To achieve this, CSATM system is provided for the measurement and detection of overshoot for Central Sub Assembly temperature. It protects the reactor from various incidents such as transient overpower at low power and high power, blockage of coolant, pipe rupture etc. CSATM system with triple modular redundancy is employed to measure the central sub-assembly outlet temperature (θCSA) and safety action will be initiated if temperature reaches beyond SCRAM threshold level. (author)

  3. Research Programme for the 660 Mev Proton Accelerator Driven MOX-Plutonium Subcritical Assembly

    Barashenkov, V S; Buttseva, G L; Dudarev, S Yu; Polanski, A; Puzynin, I V; Sissakian, A N

    2000-01-01

    The paper presents a research programme of the Experimental Acclerator Driven System (ADS), which employs a subcritical assembly and a 660 MeV proton acceletator operating at the Laboratory of Nuclear Problems of the JINR, Dubna. MOX fuel (25% PuO_2 + 75% UO_2) designed for the BN-600 reactor use will be adopted for the core of the assembly. The present conceptual design of the experimental subcritical assembly is based on a core of a nominal unit capacity of 15 kW (thermal). This corresponds to the multiplication coefficient k_eff = 0.945, energetic gain G = 30 and the accelerator beam power 0.5 kW.

  4. Detection of low caloric power of coal by pulse fast-thermal neutron analysis

    Analysis method and principle of pulse fast-thermal neutron analysis (PFTNA) are introduced. A system for the measurement of low caloric power of coal by PFTNA is also presented. The 14 MeV pulse neutron generator and BGO detector and 4096 MCA were applied in this system. A multiple linear regression method applied to the data solved the interferential problem of multiple elements. The error of low caloric power between chemical analysis and experiment was less than 0.4 MJ/kg. (author)

  5. Electron acceleration by tightly focused radially polarized few-cycle laser pulses

    Liu Jin-Lu; Sheng Zheng-Ming; Zheng Jun

    2012-01-01

    Within the framework of plane-wave angular spectrum analysis of the electromagnetic field structure,a solution valid for tightly focused radially polarized few-cycle laser pulses propagating in vacuum is presented.The resulting field distribution is significantly different from that based on the paraxial approximation for pulses with either small or large beam diameters.We compare the electron accelerations obtained with the two solutions and find that the energy gain obtained with our new solution is usually much larger than that with the paraxial approximation solution.

  6. Laser triggered injection of electrons in a laser wakefield accelerator with the colliding pulse method

    An injection scheme for a laser wakefield accelerator that employs a counter propagating laser (colliding with the drive laser pulse, used to generate a plasma wake) is discussed. The threshold laser intensity for electron injection into the wakefield was analyzed using a heuristic model based on phase-space island overlap. Analysis shows that the injection can be performed using modest counter propagating laser intensity a1 0 = 1.0. Preliminary experiments were preformed using a drive beam and colliding beam. Charge enhancement by the colliding pulse was observed. Increasing the signal-to-noise ratio by means of a preformed plasma channel is discussed

  7. Waveform Timing Performance of a 5 GS/s Fast Pulse Sampling Module with DRS4

    Wang, Jinhong; An, Qi

    2015-01-01

    We first clarify timing issues of non-uniform sampling intervals regarding a 5 GS/s fast pulse sampling module with DRS4. Calibration strategy is proposed, and as a result, the waveform timing performance is improved to be below 10 ps RMS. We then further evaluate waveform timing performance of the module by comparing with a 10 GS/s oscilloscope in a setup with plastic scintillators and fast PMTs. Different waveform timing algorithms are employed for analysis, and the module shows comparable timing performance with that of the oscilloscope.

  8. High-Isp Mode Of Pulsed Laser-Electromagnetic Hybrid Accelerator For Space Propulsion Applications

    A fundamental study of a newly developed rectangular pulsed laser-electromagnetic hybrid thruster was conducted. Laser-ablation plasma in the thruster was induced through laser beam irradiation onto a solid target and accelerated by electrical means instead of direct acceleration only by using a laser beam. The performance of the thrusters was evaluated by measuring the mass shot and impulse bit. As results, significantly high specific impulses up to 7,200 sec were obtained at the charge energies of 8.6 J. In addition, typical thrust efficiency varied between 11.8% and 21.3% depending on the charge energy.

  9. A Pulsed Laser-Electromagnetic Hybrid Accelerator For Space Propulsion Application

    A fundamental study of a newly developed rectangular pulsed laser-electromagnetic hybrid thruster was conducted, in which laser-ablation plasma was induced through laser beam irradiation onto a solid target and accelerated by electrical means instead of direct acceleration only by using a laser beam. The performance of the thruster was evaluated by measuring the mass per shot and impulse bit. As results, significantly high specific impulse ranging from 5,000 ∼6,000 sec were obtained at energies of 0.1 and 8.6 J, respectively. In addition, the typical thrust efficiency varied from 17% to 19% depending on the charge energy.

  10. Multi-MeV electron acceleration by sub-terawatt laser pulses

    Goers, A. J.; Hine, G. A.; Feder, L.; B. Miao; F Salehi; Milchberg, H. M.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate laser-plasma acceleration of high charge electron beams to the ~10 MeV scale using ultrashort laser pulses with as little energy as 10 mJ. This result is made possible by an extremely dense and thin hydrogen gas jet. Total charge up to ~0.5 nC is measured for energies >1 MeV. Acceleration is correlated to the presence of a relativistically self-focused laser filament accompanied by an intense coherent broadband light flash, associated with wavebreaking, which can radiate more t...

  11. Controls for a Pulsed Ion Accelerator Using Apache Cassandra (No-SQL) and ZMQ

    Persaud, A; Stettler, M W; Vytla, V K

    2015-01-01

    We report on updates to the accelerator controls for the Neutral Drift Compression Experiment II, a pulsed accelerator for heavy ions. The control infrastructure is built around a LabVIEW interface combined with an Apache Cassandra (No-SQL) backend for data archiving. Recent upgrades added the storing and retrieving of device settings into the database, as well as adding ZMQ as a message broker that replaces LabVIEW's shared variables. Converting to ZMQ also allows easy access using other programming languages, such as Python.

  12. Transporting laser-accelerated protons by a pulsed solenoid to a CH- DTL

    This study demonstrates the transporting and focusing of laser-accelerated protons at energies of ten to several tens of MeV, by a pulsed magnetic solenoid with a field gradient up to 18 T. The unique features of the protons distribution like extremely small emittances and high yield of the order of 1013 protons per shot, make them attractive for study. With respect to transit energies further acceleration by matching into rf linac seems adequate. The bunch injection into a proposed CH- structure is under investigation at IAP Frankfurt. Options and simulation tools are presented.

  13. Improving GPU-accelerated Adaptive IDW Interpolation Algorithm Using Fast kNN Search

    Mei, Gang; Xu, Nengxiong; Xu, Liangliang

    2016-01-01

    This paper presents an efficient parallel Adaptive Inverse Distance Weighting (AIDW) interpolation algorithm on modern Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). The presented algorithm is an improvement of our previous GPU-accelerated AIDW algorithm by adopting fast k-Nearest Neighbors (kNN) search. In AIDW, it needs to find several nearest neighboring data points for each interpolated point to adaptively determine the power parameter; and then the desired prediction value of the interpolated point is ...

  14. Investigation of longitudinal proton acceleration in exploded targets irradiated by intense short-pulse laser

    Gauthier, M. [LULI, École Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMC, route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau (France); CEA, DAM, DIF, 91297 Arpajon (France); Lévy, A. [LULI, École Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMC, route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Sorbonne Universités, UPMC, Paris 06, CNRS, INSP, UMR 7588, F-75005, Paris (France); D' Humières, E.; Beaucourt, C.; Breil, J.; Feugeas, J. L.; Nicolaï, P.; Tikhonchuk, V. [Univ. Bordeaux, CNRS, CEA, UMR 5107, F-33400 Talence (France); Glesser, M. [LULI, École Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMC, route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau (France); INRS-EMT, Varennes, PQ J3X 1S2 (Canada); Albertazzi, B. [LULI, École Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMC, route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Univ. Bordeaux, CNRS, CEA, UMR 5107, F-33400 Talence (France); Chen, S. N.; Dervieux, V.; Fuchs, J. [LULI, École Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMC, route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau (France); Pépin, H. [INRS-EMT, Varennes, PQ J3X 1S2 (Canada); Antici, P. [LULI, École Polytechnique, CNRS, CEA, UPMC, route de Saclay, 91128 Palaiseau (France); INRS-EMT, Varennes, PQ J3X 1S2 (Canada); Dipartimento SBAI, Universita di Roma “Sapienza,” Via A. Scarpa 16, 00161 Rome (Italy)

    2014-01-15

    It was recently shown that a promising way to accelerate protons in the forward direction to high energies is to use under-dense or near-critical density targets instead of solids. Simulations have revealed that the acceleration process depends on the density gradients of the plasma target. Indeed, under certain conditions, the most energetic protons are predicted to be accelerated by a collisionless shock mechanism that significantly increases their energy. We report here the results of a recent experiment dedicated to the study of longitudinal ion acceleration in partially exploded foils using a high intensity (∼5 × 10{sup 18} W/cm{sup 2}) picosecond laser pulse. We show that protons accelerated using targets having moderate front and rear plasma gradients (up to ∼8 μm gradient length) exhibit similar maximum proton energy and number compared to proton beams that are produced, in similar laser conditions, from solid targets, in the well-known target normal sheath acceleration regime. Particle-In-Cell simulations, performed in the same conditions as the experiment and consistent with the measurements, allow laying a path for further improvement of this acceleration scheme.

  15. A high-charge and short-pulse RF photocathode gun for wake-field acceleration

    Gai, W.; Li, X.; Conde, M.; Power, J.; Schoessow, P.

    1998-02-01

    In this paper we present a design report on 1-1/2 cell, L-Band RF photocathode gun which is capable of generating and accelerating electron beams with peak currents >10 kA. We address several critical issues of high-current RF photoinjectors such as longitudinal space charge effect, and transverse emittance growth. Unlike conventional short electron pulse generation, this design does not require magnetic pulse compression. Based on numerical simulations using SUPERFISH and PARMELA, this design will produce 100 nC beam at 18 MeV with r.m.s. bunch length 1.25 mm and normalized transverse emittance 108 mm mrad. Applications of this source beam for wake-field acceleration are also discussed.

  16. The influence of plasma density decreasement by pre-pulse on the laser wakefield acceleration

    Ke-Gong Dong

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In the laser wakefield acceleration, the generation of electron beam is very sensitive to the plasma density. Not only the laser-wakefield interaction, but also the electron trapping and acceleration would be effected by the plasma density. However, the plasma density could be changed in the experiment by different reasons, which will result in the mismatch of parameters arranged initially. Forward Raman scattering spectrum demonstrated that the interaction density was decreased obviously in the experiment, which was verified by the pre-pulse conditions and two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. It was demonstrated that the plasma density was very important on the self-evolutions and energy coupling of laser pulse and wakefield, and eventually the energy spectrum of electron beam.

  17. Direct acceleration of an electron in infinite vacuum by a pulsed radially-polarized laser beam.

    Wong, Liang Jie; Kärtner, Franz X

    2010-11-22

    We study the direct acceleration of a free electron in infinite vacuum along the axis of a pulsed radially-polarized laser beam. We find that net energy transfer from laser pulse to electron is maximized with the tightest focusing. We show that the net energy gain of an electron initially moving at a relativistic velocity may exceed more than half the theoretical limit of energy transfer, which is not possible with an initially stationary electron in the parameter space studied. We determine and analyze the power scaling of maximum energy gain, extending our study to include a relatively unexplored regime of low powers and revealing that substantial acceleration is already possible without the use of petawatt peak-power laser technology. PMID:21164849

  18. FastGCN: a GPU accelerated tool for fast gene co-expression networks.

    Meimei Liang

    Full Text Available Gene co-expression networks comprise one type of valuable biological networks. Many methods and tools have been published to construct gene co-expression networks; however, most of these tools and methods are inconvenient and time consuming for large datasets. We have developed a user-friendly, accelerated and optimized tool for constructing gene co-expression networks that can fully harness the parallel nature of GPU (Graphic Processing Unit architectures. Genetic entropies were exploited to filter out genes with no or small expression changes in the raw data preprocessing step. Pearson correlation coefficients were then calculated. After that, we normalized these coefficients and employed the False Discovery Rate to control the multiple tests. At last, modules identification was conducted to construct the co-expression networks. All of these calculations were implemented on a GPU. We also compressed the coefficient matrix to save space. We compared the performance of the GPU implementation with those of multi-core CPU implementations with 16 CPU threads, single-thread C/C++ implementation and single-thread R implementation. Our results show that GPU implementation largely outperforms single-thread C/C++ implementation and single-thread R implementation, and GPU implementation outperforms multi-core CPU implementation when the number of genes increases. With the test dataset containing 16,000 genes and 590 individuals, we can achieve greater than 63 times the speed using a GPU implementation compared with a single-thread R implementation when 50 percent of genes were filtered out and about 80 times the speed when no genes were filtered out.

  19. Plasma flow and fast particles in a hypervelocity accelerator - A color presentation. [micrometeoroid simulation

    Igenbergs, E. B.; Cour-Palais, B.; Fisher, E.; Stehle, O.

    1975-01-01

    A new concept for particle acceleration for micrometeoroid simulation was developed at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, using a high-density self-luminescent fast plasma flow to accelerate glass beads (with a diameter up to 1.0 mm) to velocities between 15-20 km/sec. After a short introduction to the operation of the hypervelocity range, the eight-converter-camera unit used for the photographs of the plasma flow and the accelerated particles is described. These photographs are obtained with an eight-segment reflecting pyramidal beam splitter. Wratten filters were mounted between the beam splitter and the converter tubes of the cameras. The photographs, which were recorded on black and white film, were used to make the matrices for the dye-color process, which produced the prints shown.

  20. Metrological Characterization of an Ultra-low Noise Acquisition System for Fast Voltage Pulses Measurements

    Baccigalupi, Carlo; Martino, Michele

    2015-01-01

    The metrological characterization of a custom designed ultra-low noise analogue front-end for an acquisition system for the measurement of flat-top of fast voltage pulses is presented. The system has challenging r quirements, in particular for Common Mode Rejection Ratio (C M RR), thus custom methods have been defined, by illustrating the experimental results achieved at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) during the study of the new Compact LInear Collider (CLIC).

  1. Discrete fractional Fourier transform as a fast algorithm for evaluating the diffraction pattern of pulsed radiation.

    Hanna, Magdy Tawfik; Shaarawi, Amr Mohamed; Seif, Nabila Philip Attalla; Ahmed, Waleed Abd El Maguid

    2011-08-01

    A technique is proposed for computing the field radiated from a rectangular aperture. This technique, based on the discrete fractional Fourier transform, avoids the complexities of computing the diffraction pattern by the direct evaluation of the Fresnel integral. The advocated approach provides a fast and accurate computational tool, especially in the case of evaluating pulsed fields radiated through two-dimensional screens of complex amplitude. A detailed numerical study that demonstrates the efficacy of this approach is carried out. PMID:21811323

  2. Fast simulation and optimization of pulse-train chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) imaging

    Chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) MRI has been increasingly applied to detect dilute solutes and physicochemical properties, with promising in vivo applications. Whereas CEST imaging has been implemented with continuous wave (CW) radio-frequency irradiation on preclinical scanners, pulse-train irradiation is often chosen on clinical systems. Therefore, it is necessary to optimize pulse-train CEST imaging, particularly important for translational studies. Because conventional Bloch–McConnell formulas are not in the form of homogeneous differential equations, the routine simulation approach simulates the evolving magnetization step by step, which is time consuming. Herein we developed a computationally efficient numerical solution using matrix iterative analysis of homogeneous Bloch–McConnell equations. The proposed algorithm requires simulation of pulse-train CEST MRI magnetization within one irradiation repeat, with 99% computation time reduction from that of conventional approach under typical experimental conditions. The proposed solution enables determination of labile proton ratio and exchange rate from pulse-train CEST MRI experiment, within 5% from those determined from quantitative CW-CEST MRI. In addition, the structural similarity index analysis shows that the dependence of CEST contrast on saturation pulse flip angle and duration between simulation and experiment was 0.98  ±  0.01, indicating that the proposed simulation algorithm permits fast optimization and quantification of pulse-train CEST MRI. (paper)

  3. Laser triggered injection of electrons in a laser wakefield accelerator with the colliding pulse method

    Nakamura, K; Fubiani, G; Geddes, C. G. R.; Michel, P.; van Tilborg, J.; Toth, C; Esarey, E.; Schroeder, C. B.; Leemans, W. P.

    2004-01-01

    An injection scheme for a laser wakefield accelerator that employs a counterpropagating laser (colliding with the drive laser pulse, used to generate a plasma wake) is discussed. The threshold laser intensity for electron injection into the wakefield was analyzed using a heuristic model based on phase-space island overlap. Analysis shows that the injection can be performed using modest counterpropagating laser intensity a_1 < 0.5 for a drive laser intensity of a_0 = 1.0. Preliminary expe...

  4. Using Betatron Emissions from Laser Wakefield Accelerated Electrons to Probe Ultra-fast Warm Dense Matter

    Kotick, Jordan; Schumaker, Will; Condamine, Florian; Albert, Felicie; Barbrel, Benjamin; Galtier, Eric; Granados, Eduardo; Ravasio, Alessandra; Glenzer, Siegfried

    2015-11-01

    Laser wakefield acceleration (LWFA) has been shown to produce short X-ray pulses from betatron oscillations of electrons within the plasma wake. These betatron X-rays pulses have a broad, synchrotron-like energy spectrum and a duration on the order of the driving laser pulse, thereby enabling probing of ultrafast interactions. Using the 1 J, 40fs short-pulse laser at the Matter in Extreme Conditions experimental station at LCLS, we have implemented LWFA to generate and subsequently characterized betatron X-rays. Notch filtering and single photon counting techniques were used to measure the betatron X-ray spectrum while the spatial profile was measured using X-ray CCDs and image plates. We used an ellipsoidal mirror to focus the soft betatron X-rays for pump-probe studies on various targets in conjunction with LCLS X-ray and optical laser pulses. This experimental platform provides the conditions necessary to do a detailed study of warm-dense matter dynamics on the ultrafast time-scale.

  5. Ultra-fast ballistic magnetization reversal triggered by a single magnetic field pulse

    Horley, Paul P; Gonzalez Hernandez, Jesus [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados S.C., Chihuahua/Monterrey, Av. Miguel de Cervantes 120, 31109 Chihuahua, Chihuahua (Mexico); Vieira, Vitor R; Dugaev, Vitalii K [Centro de Fisica das Interaccoes Fundamentais, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Avenida Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal); Gorley, Peter [Department of Physics, Yuri Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University, 2 Kotsyubynsky Street, 58012 Chernivtsi (Ukraine); Barnas, Jozef, E-mail: paul.horley@cimav.edu.m [Institute of Molecular Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences, ul. Smoluchowskiego 17, 60-179 Poznan (Poland)

    2009-12-21

    Performance of devices such as magnetic random access memories crucially depends on magnetic switching time. By numerical simulations we show that ultra-fast (in the sub-nanosecond range) magnetic reversal in nanoparticles can be achieved with a single pulse of magnetic field oriented at some specific angles with respect to the magnetic moment. These angles form the areas of ballistic reversal (with no magnetization ringing). We show that the size of these areas increases with decreasing pulse duration, which allows reaching of the sub-nanosecond reversal for a pulse duration of the order of dozen(s) of ps. When changing the magnetic field, the areas of ballistic reversal move along the equator of the unitary sphere, and eventually merge with each other. For appropriate choice of the azimuthal angle, one can reach magnetic reversal along a trajectory located in or out of the easy plane.

  6. Ultra-fast ballistic magnetization reversal triggered by a single magnetic field pulse

    Performance of devices such as magnetic random access memories crucially depends on magnetic switching time. By numerical simulations we show that ultra-fast (in the sub-nanosecond range) magnetic reversal in nanoparticles can be achieved with a single pulse of magnetic field oriented at some specific angles with respect to the magnetic moment. These angles form the areas of ballistic reversal (with no magnetization ringing). We show that the size of these areas increases with decreasing pulse duration, which allows reaching of the sub-nanosecond reversal for a pulse duration of the order of dozen(s) of ps. When changing the magnetic field, the areas of ballistic reversal move along the equator of the unitary sphere, and eventually merge with each other. For appropriate choice of the azimuthal angle, one can reach magnetic reversal along a trajectory located in or out of the easy plane.

  7. Multiple quasi-monoenergetic electron beams from laser-wakefield acceleration with spatially structured laser pulse

    By adjusting the focus geometry of a spatially structured laser pulse, single, double, and treble quasi-monoenergetic electron beams were generated, respectively, in laser-wakefield acceleration. Single electron beam was produced as focusing the laser pulse to a single spot. While focusing the laser pulse to two spots that are approximately equal in energy and size and intense enough to form their own filaments, two electron beams were produced. Moreover, with a proper distance between those two focal spots, three electron beams emerged with a certain probability owing to the superposition of the diffractions of those two spots. The energy spectra of the multiple electron beams are quasi-monoenergetic, which are different from that of the large energy spread beams produced due to the longitudinal multiple-injection in the single bubble

  8. High-Field, μJ-Class THz Pulses from a Laser Wakefield Accelerator

    We present observation and characterization of microjoule-MV/cm-level THz pulses from a laser wakefield accelerator. THz emitted as coherent transition radiation from the plasma-vacuum boundary is collected and refocused by off-axis parabolas to a test stand where a suite of diagnostics is performed, including energy measurement by a Golay cell and electro-optic sampling of the spatio-temporal electric field using a probe pulse split from the main laser. Frequency Domain Holography is also implemented for the first time to capture spatio-temporal field distributions in a single shot. The four techniques strongly corroborate detection of THz pulses of ∼0.4 ps duration, with peak fields of several hundred kV/cm and energies of 5-10 μJ. The advantages and disadvantages of each technique are discussed.

  9. 150 keV intense electron beam accelerator system with high repeated pulse

    A 150 keV electron beam accelerator system has been developed for wide application of high power particle beams. The new wire-ion-plasma electron gun has been adopted. The parameters are as follows: Output energy - 130-150 keV; Electron beam density - 250 mA/cm2; Pulse duration - 1 μs; Pulse rate 100 pps; Section of electron beam - 5 x 50 cm2. This equipment can be used to study repeated pulse CO2 laser, to be a preionizer of high power discharge excimer laser and to perform radiation curing process, and so on. The first part contains principle and design consideration. Next is a description of experimental arrangement. The remainder is devoted to describing experimental results and its application

  10. Multiple quasi-monoenergetic electron beams from laser-wakefield acceleration with spatially structured laser pulse

    Ma, Y.; Li, M. H.; Li, Y. F.; Wang, J. G.; Tao, M. Z.; Han, Y. J.; Zhao, J. R.; Huang, K.; Yan, W. C.; Ma, J. L.; Li, Y. T. [Beijing National Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, CAS, Beijing 100080 (China); Chen, L. M., E-mail: lmchen@iphy.ac.cn [Beijing National Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics, Institute of Physics, CAS, Beijing 100080 (China); Department of Physics and Astronomy and IFSA Collaborative Innovation Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Li, D. Z. [Institute of High Energy Physics, CAS, Beijing 100049 (China); Chen, Z. Y. [Institute of Fluid Physics, China Academy of Engineering Physics, Mianyang, Sichuan 621999 (China); Sheng, Z. M. [Department of Physics and Astronomy and IFSA Collaborative Innovation Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Department of Physics, Scottish Universities Physics Alliance, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G4 0NG (United Kingdom); Zhang, J. [Department of Physics and Astronomy and IFSA Collaborative Innovation Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)

    2015-08-15

    By adjusting the focus geometry of a spatially structured laser pulse, single, double, and treble quasi-monoenergetic electron beams were generated, respectively, in laser-wakefield acceleration. Single electron beam was produced as focusing the laser pulse to a single spot. While focusing the laser pulse to two spots that are approximately equal in energy and size and intense enough to form their own filaments, two electron beams were produced. Moreover, with a proper distance between those two focal spots, three electron beams emerged with a certain probability owing to the superposition of the diffractions of those two spots. The energy spectra of the multiple electron beams are quasi-monoenergetic, which are different from that of the large energy spread beams produced due to the longitudinal multiple-injection in the single bubble.

  11. Multi-GeV electron acceleration by a periodic frequency chirped radially polarized laser pulse in vacuum

    Singh Ghotra, Harjit; Kant, Niti

    2016-06-01

    Linear and periodic effects of frequency chirp on electron acceleration by radially polarized (RP) laser pulse in vacuum have been investigated. A frequency chirp influences the electron dynamics, betatron resonance, and energy gain by electron during interaction with the RP laser pulse and ensures effective electron acceleration with high energy gain (~GeV). The electron energy gain with a periodic frequency chirped laser pulse is about twice as high as with a linear chirp. Our observations reveal electron energy gain of about 10.5 GeV with a periodic chirped RP petawatt laser pulse in vacuum.

  12. Optical control of electron phase space in plasma accelerators with incoherently stacked laser pulses

    It is demonstrated that synthesizing an ultrahigh-bandwidth, negatively chirped laser pulse by incoherently stacking pulses of different wavelengths makes it possible to optimize the process of electron self-injection in a dense, highly dispersive plasma (n0∼1019 cm−3). Avoiding transformation of the driving pulse into a relativistic optical shock maintains a quasi-monoenergetic electron spectrum through electron dephasing and boosts electron energy far beyond the limits suggested by existing scaling laws. In addition, evolution of the accelerating bucket in a plasma channel is shown to produce a background-free, tunable train of femtosecond-duration, 35–100 kA, time-synchronized quasi-monoenergetic electron bunches. The combination of the negative chirp and the channel permits acceleration of electrons beyond 1 GeV in a 3 mm plasma with 1.4 J of laser pulse energy, thus offering the opportunity of high-repetition-rate operation at manageable average laser power

  13. Optical control of electron phase space in plasma accelerators with incoherently stacked laser pulses

    Kalmykov, S. Y., E-mail: skalmykov2@unl.edu; Shadwick, B. A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0299 (United States); Davoine, X. [CEA, DAM, DIF, Arpajon F-91297 (France); Lehe, R.; Lifschitz, A. F. [Laboratoire d' Optique Appliquée, ENSTA-CNRS-École Polytechnique UMR 7639, Palaiseau F-91761 (France)

    2015-05-15

    It is demonstrated that synthesizing an ultrahigh-bandwidth, negatively chirped laser pulse by incoherently stacking pulses of different wavelengths makes it possible to optimize the process of electron self-injection in a dense, highly dispersive plasma (n{sub 0}∼10{sup 19} cm{sup −3}). Avoiding transformation of the driving pulse into a relativistic optical shock maintains a quasi-monoenergetic electron spectrum through electron dephasing and boosts electron energy far beyond the limits suggested by existing scaling laws. In addition, evolution of the accelerating bucket in a plasma channel is shown to produce a background-free, tunable train of femtosecond-duration, 35–100 kA, time-synchronized quasi-monoenergetic electron bunches. The combination of the negative chirp and the channel permits acceleration of electrons beyond 1 GeV in a 3 mm plasma with 1.4 J of laser pulse energy, thus offering the opportunity of high-repetition-rate operation at manageable average laser power.

  14. Further Acceleration of MeV Electrons by a Relativistic Laser Pulse

    HE Feng; YU Wei; LU Pei-Xiang; XU Han; SHEN Bai-Fei; QIAN Lie-Jia; LI Ru-Xin; XU Zhi-Zhan

    2005-01-01

    With the development of photocathode rf electron gun, electrons with high-brightness and mono-energy can be obtained easily. By numerically solving the relativistic equations of motion of an electron generated from this facility in laser fields modelled by a circular polarized Gaussian laser pulse, we find the electron can obtain high energy gain from the laser pulse. The corresponding acceleration distance for this electron driven by the ascending part of the laser pulse is much longer than the Rayleigh length, and the light amplitude experienced on the electron is very weak when the laser pulse overtakes the electron. The electron is accelerated effectively and the deceleration can be neglected.For intensities around 1019 W·μm2/cm2,an electron's energy gain near 0.1 GeV can be realized when its initial energy is 4.5 MeV, and the final velocity of the energetic electron is parallel with the propagation axis. The energy gain can be up to 1 GeV if the intensity is about 1021 W·μm2/cm2.The final energy gain of the electron as a function of its initial conditions and the parameters of the laser beam has also been discussed.

  15. Double ionization effect in electron accelerations by high-intensity laser pulse interaction with a neutral gas

    We study the effect of laser-induced double-ionization of a helium gas (with inhomogeneous density profile) on vacuum electron acceleration. For enough laser intensity, helium gas can be found doubly ionized and it strengthens the divergence of the pulse. The double ionization of helium gas can defocus the laser pulse significantly, and electrons are accelerated by the front of the laser pulse in vacuum and then decelerated by the defocused trail part of the laser pulse. It is observed that the electrons experience a very low laser-intensity at the trailing part of the laser pulse. Hence, there is not much electron deceleration at the trailing part of the pulse. We found that the inhomogeneity of the neutral gas reduced the rate of tunnel ionization causing less defocusing of the laser pulse and thus the electron energy gain is reduced. (authors)

  16. Developing The Physics Desing for NDCS-II, A Unique Pulse-Compressing Ion Accelerator

    Friedman, A; Barnard, J J; Cohen, R H; Grote, D P; Lund, S M; Sharp, W M; Faltens, A; Henestroza, E; Jung, J; Kwan, J W; Lee, E P; Leitner, M A; Logan, B G; Vay, J -; Waldron, W L; Davidson, R C; Dorf, M; Gilson, E P; Kaganovich, I

    2009-09-24

    The Heavy Ion Fusion Science Virtual National Laboratory (a collaboration of LBNL, LLNL, and PPPL) is using intense ion beams to heat thin foils to the 'warm dense matter' regime at {approx}< 1 eV, and is developing capabilities for studying target physics relevant to ion-driven inertial fusion energy. The need for rapid target heating led to the development of plasma-neutralized pulse compression, with current amplification factors exceeding 50 now routine on the Neutralized Drift Compression Experiment (NDCX). Construction of an improved platform, NDCX-II, has begun at LBNL with planned completion in 2012. Using refurbished induction cells from the Advanced Test Accelerator at LLNL, NDCX-II will compress a {approx}500 ns pulse of Li{sup +} ions to {approx} 1 ns while accelerating it to 3-4 MeV over {approx} 15 m. Strong space charge forces are incorporated into the machine design at a fundamental level. We are using analysis, an interactive 1D PIC code (ASP) with optimizing capabilities and centroid tracking, and multi-dimensional Warpcode PIC simulations, to develop the NDCX-II accelerator. This paper describes the computational models employed, and the resulting physics design for the accelerator.

  17. DEVELOPING THE PHYSICS DESIGN FOR NDCX-II, A UNIQUE PULSE-COMPRESSING ION ACCELERATOR

    Friedman, A.; Barnard, J. J.; Cohen, R. H.; Grote, D. P.; Lund, S. M.; Sharp, W. M.; Faltens, A.; Henestroza, E.; Jung, J-Y.; Kwan, J. W.; Lee, E. P.; Leitner, M. A.; Logan, B. G.; Vay, J.-L.; Waldron, W. L.; Davidson, R.C.; Dorf, M.; Gilson, E.P.; Kaganovich, I.

    2009-07-20

    The Heavy Ion Fusion Science Virtual National Laboratory(a collaboration of LBNL, LLNL, and PPPL) is using intense ion beams to heat thin foils to the"warm dense matter" regime at<~;; 1 eV, and is developing capabilities for studying target physics relevant to ion-driven inertial fusion energy. The need for rapid target heating led to the development of plasma-neutralized pulse compression, with current amplification factors exceeding 50 now routine on the Neutralized Drift Compression Experiment (NDCX). Construction of an improved platform, NDCX-II, has begun at LBNL with planned completion in 2012. Using refurbished induction cells from the Advanced Test Accelerator at LLNL, NDCX-II will compress a ~;;500 ns pulse of Li+ ions to ~;;1 ns while accelerating it to 3-4 MeV over ~;;15 m. Strong space charge forces are incorporated into the machine design at a fundamental level. We are using analysis, an interactive 1D PIC code (ASP) with optimizing capabilities and centroid tracking, and multi-dimensional Warpcode PIC simulations, to develop the NDCX-II accelerator. This paper describes the computational models employed, and the resulting physics design for the accelerator.

  18. Fast-Neutron Spectrometry Using a 3He Ionization Chamber and Digital Pulse Shape Analysis

    D. L. Chichester; J. T. Johnson; E. H. Seabury

    2010-05-01

    Digital pulse shape analysis (dPSA) has been used with a Cuttler-Shalev type 3He proportional counter to measure the fast neutron spectra of bare 252Cf and 241AmBe neutron sources. Measurements have also been made to determine the attenuated fast neutron spectra of 252Cf shielded by several materials including water, graphite, liquid nitrogen, magnesium, and tungsten. Rise-time dPSA has been employed using the common rise-time approach for analyzing n +3He ? 1H + 3H ionization events and a new approach has been developed to improve the fidelity of these measurements. Simulations have been performed for the different experimental arrangements and are compared, demonstrating general agreement between the dPSA processed fast neutron spectra and predictions.

  19. Multi-MeV electron acceleration by sub-terawatt laser pulses

    Goers, A J; Feder, L; Miao, B; Salehi, F; Milchberg, H M

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate laser-plasma acceleration of high charge electron beams to the ~10 MeV scale using ultrashort laser pulses with as little energy as 10 mJ. This result is made possible by an extremely dense and thin hydrogen gas jet. Total charge up to ~0.5 nC is measured for energies >1 MeV. Acceleration is correlated to the presence of a relativistically self-focused laser filament accompanied by an intense coherent broadband light flash, associated with wavebreaking, which can radiate more than ~3% of the laser energy in a sub-femtosecond bandwidth consistent with half-cycle optical emission. Our results enable truly portable applications of laser-driven acceleration, such as low dose radiography, ultrafast probing of matter, and isotope production.

  20. Physical processes at work in sub-30 fs, PW laser pulse-driven plasma accelerators: Towards GeV electron acceleration experiments at CILEX facility

    Optimal regimes and physical processes at work are identified for the first round of laser wakefield acceleration experiments proposed at a future CILEX facility. The Apollon-10P CILEX laser, delivering fully compressed, near-PW-power pulses of sub-25 fs duration, is well suited for driving electron density wakes in the blowout regime in cm-length gas targets. Early destruction of the pulse (partly due to energy depletion) prevents electrons from reaching dephasing, limiting the energy gain to about 3 GeV. However, the optimal operating regimes, found with reduced and full three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations, show high energy efficiency, with about 10% of incident pulse energy transferred to 3 GeV electron bunches with sub-5% energy spread, half-nC charge, and absolutely no low-energy background. This optimal acceleration occurs in 2 cm length plasmas of electron density below 1018 cm−3. Due to their high charge and low phase space volume, these multi-GeV bunches are tailor-made for staged acceleration planned in the framework of the CILEX project. The hallmarks of the optimal regime are electron self-injection at the early stage of laser pulse propagation, stable self-guiding of the pulse through the entire acceleration process, and no need for an external plasma channel. With the initial focal spot closely matched for the nonlinear self-guiding, the laser pulse stabilizes transversely within two Rayleigh lengths, preventing subsequent evolution of the accelerating bucket. This dynamics prevents continuous self-injection of background electrons, preserving low phase space volume of the bunch through the plasma. Near the end of propagation, an optical shock builds up in the pulse tail. This neither disrupts pulse propagation nor produces any noticeable low-energy background in the electron spectra, which is in striking contrast with most of existing GeV-scale acceleration experiments

  1. Control Loop for a Pulse Generator of a Fast Septum Magnet using DSP and Fuzzy Logic

    Aldaz-Carroll, E; Dieperink, J H; Schröder, G; Vossenberg, Eugène B

    1997-01-01

    A prototype of a fast pulsed eddy current septum magnet for one of thebeam extraction's from the SPS towards LHC is under development. The precision of the magnetic field must be better than ±1.0 10-4 during a flat top of 30 µs. The current pulse is generated by discharging the capacitors of a LC circuit that resonates on the 1st and on the 3rd harmonic of a sine wave with a repetition rate of 15 s. The parameters of the circuit and the voltage on the capacitors must be carefully adjusted to meet the specifications. Drifts during operation must be corrected between two pulses by mechanically adjusting the inductance of the coil in the generator as well as the primary capacitor voltage. This adjustment process is automated by acquiring the current pulse waveform with sufficient time and amplitude resolution, calculating the corrections needed and applying these corrections to the hardware for the next pulse. A very cost-effective and practical solution for this adjustment process is the integration of off-th...

  2. Vibration analysis of reactor assembly internals for Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor

    Vibration analysis of the reactor assembly components of 500 MWe Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) is presented. The vibration response of primary pump as well as dynamic forces developed at its supports are predicted numerically. The stiffness properties of hydrostatic bearing are determined by formulating and solving governing fluid and structural mechanics equations. The dynamic forces exerted by pump are used as input data for the dynamic response of reactor assembly components, mainly inner vessel, thermal baffle and control plug. Dynamic response of reactor assembly components is also predicted for the pressure fluctuations caused by sodium free level oscillations. Thermal baffle (weir shell) which is subjected to fluid forces developed at the associated sodium free levels is analysed by formulating and solving a set of non-linear equations for fluids, structures and fluid structure interaction (FSI). The control rod drive mechanism is analysed for response under flow induced forces on the parts subjected to cross flow in the zone just above the core top, taking into account FSI between sheaths of control and safety rod and absorber pin bundle. Based on the analysis results, it is concluded that the reactor assembly internals are free from any risk of mechanical as well as flow induced vibrations. (author)

  3. Readjoiner: a fast and memory efficient string graph-based sequence assembler

    Gonnella Giorgio

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ongoing improvements in throughput of the next-generation sequencing technologies challenge the current generation of de novo sequence assemblers. Most recent sequence assemblers are based on the construction of a de Bruijn graph. An alternative framework of growing interest is the assembly string graph, not necessitating a division of the reads into k-mers, but requiring fast algorithms for the computation of suffix-prefix matches among all pairs of reads. Results Here we present efficient methods for the construction of a string graph from a set of sequencing reads. Our approach employs suffix sorting and scanning methods to compute suffix-prefix matches. Transitive edges are recognized and eliminated early in the process and the graph is efficiently constructed including irreducible edges only. Conclusions Our suffix-prefix match determination and string graph construction algorithms have been implemented in the software package Readjoiner. Comparison with existing string graph-based assemblers shows that Readjoiner is faster and more space efficient. Readjoiner is available at http://www.zbh.uni-hamburg.de/readjoiner.

  4. Status of computational and experimental correlations for Los Alamos fast-neutron critical assemblies

    New assemblies and improved measuring techniques call for periodic review of the status of computation vs. experiment. It is appropriate to emphasize neutron-spectral characterizations because of the particularly elusive problems associated with absolute spectral-index measurement and the need for checks of computation beyond simple critical size. The ever-improving spectral-index measurements in conjunction with increasing precision, both of microscopic data for detector and assembly materials and of computational techniques, produce a gradual clarification of the characteristics of a family of fast-neutron critical assemblies. This family now includes unreflected and thick-uranium-reflected U233 in spherical geometry. Direct correlations among the experimental data will be presented to indicate the a priori possibilities for successful correlations with computation. Sensitivity of computed spectra and critical sizes to neutron-transport models (transport and linear approximations ) and arithmetic approximations (finite angular segmentations and multi-group representations) will be presented for several typical assemblies to help establish the necessary computational detail. Comparisons between experiment and prediction will include, in addition to spectral indices and critical sizes, neutron lifetimes and delayed-neutron fractions. (author)

  5. Core characteristics on a hybrid type fast reactor system combined with proton accelerator

    Kowata, Yasuki; Otsubo, Akira [Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp., Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Oarai Engineering Center

    1997-06-01

    In our study on a hybrid fast reactor system, we have investigated it from the view point of transmutation ability of trans-uranium (TRU) nuclide making the most effective use of special features (controllability, hard neutron spectrum) of the system. It is proved that a proton beam is superior in generation of neutrons compared with an electron beam. Therefore a proton accelerator using spallation reaction with a target nucleus has an advantage to transmutation of TRU than an electron one. A fast reactor is expected to primarily have a merit that the reactor can be operated for a long term without employment of highly enriched plutonium fuel by using external neutron source such as the proton accelerator. Namely, the system has a desirable characteristic of being possible to self-sustained fissile plutonium. Consequently in the present report, core characteristics of the system were roughly studied by analyses using 2D-BURN code. The possibility of self-sustained fuel was investigated from the burnup and neutronic calculation in a cylindrical core with 300w/cc of power density without considering a target material region for the accelerator. For a reference core of which the height and the radius are both 100 cm, there is a fair prospect that a long term reactor operation is possible with subsequent refueling of natural uranium, if the medium enriched (around 10wt%) uranium or plutonium fuels are fully loaded in the initial core. More precise analyses will be planed in a later fiscal year. (author)

  6. A synchrotron/inverse Compton interpretation of a solar burst producing fast pulses at λ < 3 mm and hard X-rays

    The recently discovered new class of solar burst emission component exhibiting very fast pulses (durations ∼ 60 ms) at mm-waves only (λ 13 Hz, the burst sources must be short lived (∼ 60 ms), very small (7cm) and exhibiting high apparent brightness temperature (> or approx. 1010 K). This study suggest further theoretical studies on the nature of the primary acceleration sources, and on their location in the solar atmosphere. A number of crucial observational tests are needed, specially in the sub-mm and infrared range of frequencies, as well as at ratio and hard X-rays with simultaneous high spatial and time resolution. (Author)

  7. Assembly Based Modular Ray Tracing and CMFD Acceleration for BWR Cores with Different Fuel Lattices

    The geometry module of the DeCART direct whole core calculation code has been extended in order to analyze BWR cores which might have a mixed loading of different fuel types. First, an assembly based modular ray tracing scheme was implemented for the Method of Characteristic (MOC) calculation, and a CMFD formulation applicable for unaligned mesh conditions was then developed for acceleration the MOC calculation. The new calculation feature has been validated by comparing DeCART BWR assembly calculations with the MCU Monte Carlo calculations. A good agreement identified by the maximum eigenvalue difference of 120 pcm and the maximum pin power error of about 1% has been achieved. The CMFD scheme is shown to reduce the number of MOC iterations by factors of 12-25 without loss of accuracy. (authors)

  8. Accelerating monoenergetic protons from ultrathin foils by flat-top laser pulses in the directed-Coulomb-explosion regime

    Bulanov, S. S.; Brantov, A.; Bychenkov, V. Yu.; Chvykov, V.; Kalinchenko, G.; Matsuoka, T.; Rousseau, P.; Reed, S; Yanovsky, V.; Litzenberg, D. W.; Krushelnick, K.; Maksimchuk, A.

    2008-01-01

    We consider the effect of laser beam shaping on proton acceleration in the interaction of a tightly focused pulse with ultrathin double-layer solid targets in the regime of directed Coulomb explosion. In this regime, the heavy ions of the front layer are forced by the laser to expand predominantly in the direction of the pulse propagation, forming a moving longitudinal charge separation electric field, thus increasing the effectiveness of acceleration of second-layer protons. The utilization ...

  9. Electron beam dynamics in the long-pulse, high-current DARHT-II linear induction accelerator

    Ekdahl, Carl A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Abeyta, Epifanio O [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Aragon, Paul [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Archuleta, Rita [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Cook, Gerald [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dalmas, Dale [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Esquibel, Kevin [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Gallegos, Robert A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Garnett, Robert [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Harrison, James F [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Johnson, Jeffrey B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Jacquez, Edward B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Mccuistian, Brian T [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Montoya, Nicholas A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Nath, Subrato [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Nielsen, Kurt [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Oro, David [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Prichard, Benjamin [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Rowton, Lawrence [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Sanchez, Manolito [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Scarpetti, Raymond [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Schauer, Martin M [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Seitz, Gerald [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Schulze, Martin [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Bender, Howard A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Broste, William B [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Carlson, Carl A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Frayer, Daniel K [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Johnson, Douglas E [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Tom, C Y [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Williams, John [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Hughes, Thomas [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Anaya, Richard [LLNL; Caporaso, George [LLNL; Chambers, Frank [LLNL; Chen, Yu - Jiuan [LLNL; Falabella, Steve [LLNL; Guethlein, Gary [LLNL; Raymond, Brett [LLNL; Richardson, Roger [LLNL; Trainham, C [NSTEC/STL; Watson, Jim [LLNL; Weir, John [LLNL; Genoni, Thomas [VOSS; Toma, Carsten [VOSS

    2009-01-01

    The DARHT-II linear induction accelerator (LIA) now accelerates 2-kA electron beams to more than 17 MeV. This LIA is unique in that the accelerated current pulse width is greater than 2 microseconds. This pulse has a flat-top region where the final electron kinetic energy varies by less than 1% for more than 1.5 microseconds. The long risetime of the 6-cell injector current pulse is 0.5 {micro}s, which can be scraped off in a beam-head cleanup zone before entering the 68-cell main accelerator. We discuss our experience with tuning this novel accelerator; and present data for the resulting beam transport and dynamics. We also present beam stability data, and relate these to previous stability experiments at lower current and energy.

  10. Electron beam dynamics in the long-pulse, high-current DARHT-II linear induction accelerator

    The DARHT-II linear induction accelerator (LIA) now accelerates 2-kA electron beams to more than 17 MeV. This LIA is unique in that the accelerated current pulse width is greater than 2 microseconds. This pulse has a flat-top region where the final electron kinetic energy varies by less than 1% for more than 1.5 microseconds. The long risetime of the 6-cell injector current pulse is 0.5 (micro)s, which can be scraped off in a beam-head cleanup zone before entering the 68-cell main accelerator. We discuss our experience with tuning this novel accelerator; and present data for the resulting beam transport and dynamics. We also present beam stability data, and relate these to previous stability experiments at lower current and energy.

  11. Analysis of reactivity coefficients measured in fast critical assemblies. Application to fissile elements in Masurca

    A simple, fast and sufficiently accurate method to interpret measurements of reactivity effects from sample oscillations is defined. This first-order perturbation method, based on the collision probability theory, accounts for the position of the sample in the cell and for the flux perturbation due to the sample and to its self-shielding. The method has been applied to a set of reactivity experiments carried out on a series of Pu or U cores in the Masurca, Sneak and Hermine assemblies; these provided basic information, especially on the capture cross-sections of Pu-239, U-238, higher isotopes of Pu and structural materials

  12. Neutronic calculations for a fast assembly by using two-group neutron albedo theory

    Under Two-Group Neutron Albedo Theory, the effective neutron multiplication factor, Keff, explicitly appears and therefore it is possible to obtain an explicit form of variation of Keff. A generalization of the two-group albedo theory can be used if a more detailed energy spectrum treatment is required. The two-group neutron albedo theory is well illustrated by the endeavor of calculating the key parameters for a fast assembly. The results obtained from diffusion approach and albedo method calculations have had excellent concordance. (author)

  13. Theoretical and experimental study of a fast subcritical assembly by means of a neutron source

    The main paper of this thesis described theoretical studies and methods of numerical analysis applying to bare fast assemblies. This is a continuation of the same work. The Franco-German experiment EURECA-SUAK is briefly described. It has been studied for multiplication coefficients between 0.45 and 0.95. The decay curves are not pure exponentials. The decay calculations are made taking the geometrical effects and energy harmonics into account. The agreement between experimental and calculated curves is very good. The flux evolution as a function of time is shown in several curves. Decomposition of decays in a sum of exponentials shows the complexity of the phenomena. (author)

  14. Simulation studies of crystal-photodetector assemblies for the Turkish accelerator center particle factory electromagnetic calorimeter

    Kocak, F.

    2015-07-01

    The Turkish Accelerator Center Particle Factory detector will be constructed for the detection of the produced particles from the collision of a 1 GeV electron beam against a 3.6 GeV positron beam. PbWO4 and CsI(Tl) crystals are considered for the construction of the electromagnetic calorimeter part of the detector. The generated optical photons in these crystals are detected by avalanche or PIN photodiodes. Geant4 simulation code has been used to estimate the energy resolution of the calorimeter for these crystal-photodiode assemblies.

  15. Simulation studies of crystal-photodetector assemblies for the Turkish accelerator center particle factory electromagnetic calorimeter

    Kocak, F., E-mail: fkocak@uludag.edu.tr

    2015-07-01

    The Turkish Accelerator Center Particle Factory detector will be constructed for the detection of the produced particles from the collision of a 1 GeV electron beam against a 3.6 GeV positron beam. PbWO{sub 4} and CsI(Tl) crystals are considered for the construction of the electromagnetic calorimeter part of the detector. The generated optical photons in these crystals are detected by avalanche or PIN photodiodes. Geant4 simulation code has been used to estimate the energy resolution of the calorimeter for these crystal–photodiode assemblies.

  16. Simulation studies of crystal-photodetector assemblies for the Turkish accelerator center particle factory electromagnetic calorimeter

    The Turkish Accelerator Center Particle Factory detector will be constructed for the detection of the produced particles from the collision of a 1 GeV electron beam against a 3.6 GeV positron beam. PbWO4 and CsI(Tl) crystals are considered for the construction of the electromagnetic calorimeter part of the detector. The generated optical photons in these crystals are detected by avalanche or PIN photodiodes. Geant4 simulation code has been used to estimate the energy resolution of the calorimeter for these crystal–photodiode assemblies

  17. The non-destructive threshold of the graphite surface by STM in the ultra-fast pulse mode

    Xu Chun-Kai; Wei Zheng; Chen Xiang-Jun; Xu Ke-Zun

    2007-01-01

    In this paper single ultra-fast voltage pulses are introduced to the Pt/Ir tip of a scanning tunnelling microscope (STM),and the non-destructive threshold of the graphite surface is studied systematically in a wide range of pulse durations(from 104 to 8 ns).Considering the waveform distortion of the pulses at the tunnelling region,this paper gives the corrected threshold curve of pulse amplitude depending on pulse duration.A new explanation of threshold power has been suggested and fits the experimental results well.

  18. Plasma diode as a source of power pulses of fast neutrons

    A possibility to obtain power neutron pulses using the GI-3 000 and ORION-1 electrostatic accelerators is studied. Two configurations of electron gap are used in the GI-3 00U accelerator: the system with ''conserved cathode'' and combination of the converted cathode with axial magnetic field. Anode plasma obtained from the thin layer of D2O freezed on the anode or plasma from spark ion sources, with elements saturated with deuterium or tritium serves as a ion source. The maximum value of total neutron yield obtained with carbon targets reaches 3x109 at W=25 kJ and 2x1U10 neutron per pulse at W=40 kJ and for lithium targets - 2x1010 and 1x1011 neutron per pulse respectively. A conclusion is made that further increase in neutron yield can be reached by improvement of diode electrode system, realization of the maximum energy store in double forming line (W>=200 kJ), improvement of the target quality and ion beam intensity, increase of electron beam self-isolation or application of crossed electric and magnetic fields in the sistem. The realization of these factors permits to increase the total yield by more than one order

  19. Laser Ion Acceleration from the Interaction of Ultra-Intense laser Pulse with thi foils

    Allen, M

    2004-03-12

    The discovery that ultra-intense laser pulses (I > 10{sup 18} W/cm{sup 2}) can produce short pulse, high energy proton beams has renewed interest in the fundamental mechanisms that govern particle acceleration from laser-solid interactions. Experiments have shown that protons present as hydrocarbon contaminants on laser targets can be accelerated up to energies > 50 MeV. Different theoretical models that explain the observed results have been proposed. One model describes a front-surface acceleration mechanism based on the ponderomotive potential of the laser pulse. At high intensities (I > 10{sup 18} W/cm{sup 2}), the quiver energy of an electron oscillating in the electric field of the laser pulse exceeds the electron rest mass, requiring the consideration of relativistic effects. The relativistically correct ponderomotive potential is given by U{sub p} = ([1 + I{lambda}{sup 2}/1.3 x 10{sup 18}]{sup 1/2} - 1) m{sub o}c{sup 2}, where I{lambda}{sup 2} is the irradiance in W{micro}m{sup 2}/cm{sup 2} and m{sub o}c{sup 2} is the electron rest mass.At laser irradiance of I{lambda}{sup 2} {approx} 10{sup 20} W{micro}m{sup 2}/cm{sup 2}, the ponderomotive potential can be of order several MeV. A few recent experiments--discussed in Chapter 3 of this thesis--consider this ponderomotive potential sufficiently strong to accelerate protons from the front surface of the target to energies up to tens of MeV. Another model, known as Target Normal Sheath Acceleration (TNSA), describes the mechanism as an electrostatic sheath on the back surface of the laser target. According to the TNSA model, relativistic hot electrons created at the laser-solid interaction penetrate the foil where a few escape to infinity. The remaining hot electrons are retained by the target potential and establish an electrostatic sheath on the back surface of the target.

  20. Plasma wakefield excitation by incoherent laser pulses: a path towards high-average power laser-plasma accelerators

    Benedetti, C; Esarey, E; Leemans, W P

    2014-01-01

    In a laser plasma accelerator (LPA), a short and intense laser pulse propagating in a plasma drives a wakefield (a plasma wave with a relativistic phase velocity) that can sustain extremely large electric fields, enabling compact accelerating structures. Potential LPA applications include compact radiation sources and high energy linear colliders. We propose and study plasma wave excitation by an incoherent combination of a large number of low energy laser pulses (i.e., without constraining the pulse phases). We show that, in spite of the incoherent nature of electromagnetic fields within the volume occupied by the pulses, the excited wakefield is regular and its amplitude is comparable or equal to that obtained using a single, coherent pulse with the same energy. These results provide a path to the next generation of LPA-based applications, where incoherently combined multiple pulses may enable high repetition rate, high average power LPAs.

  1. Reshaping, Fragmentation, and Assembly of Gold Nanoparticles Assisted by Pulse Lasers.

    González-Rubio, Guillermo; Guerrero-Martínez, Andrés; Liz-Marzán, Luis M

    2016-04-19

    The vast majority of the outstanding applications of metal nanoparticles (NPs) developed during the last two decades have arisen from their unique optical properties. Within this context, rational synthesis and assembly of gold NPs have been the main research focus, aiming at the design of nanoplasmonic devices with tailored optical functionalities. The progress made in this field is thus to be ascribed to the understanding of the origin of the interaction between light and such gold nanostructures, the dynamics of which have been thoroughly investigated with significant contributions from short and ultrashort pulse laser technologies. We focus this Account on the potential of pulse lasers to provide new fundamental insights into the electron dynamics involved in the interaction of light with the free conduction electrons of Au NPs, that is, localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs). The excitation of LSPRs with a femtosecond pulse laser is followed by thermalization of the Au NP electrons and the subsequent relaxation of the nanocrystal lattice and the surrounding environment, which generally results in surface melting. By contrast, nanosecond irradiation usually induces AuNP fragmentation and uncontrolled melting due to overlapping excitation and relaxation phenomena. These concepts have been exploited toward the preparation of highly monodisperse gold nanospheres via pulse laser irradiation of polyhedral nanocrystal colloids, or in the fabrication of nanostructures with "written-in" optical properties. The applicability of pulsed coherent light has been extended toward the direct synthesis and manipulation of Au NPs. Through ablation of a gold target in a liquid with pulse lasers, spherical Au NPs can be synthesized with no need of stabilizing ligands, which is a great advantage in terms of reducing toxicity, rendering these NPs particularly suitable for medical applications. In addition, femtosecond laser irradiation has been proven a unique tool for the

  2. Sulfur hexafluoride reprocessing system design for a large pulsed power accelerator

    The Particle Beam Fusion Accelerator-II (PBFA-II) is a large, high power accelerator being constructed at Sandia National Labs to conduct research in inertial confinement fusion. One key to the success of this machine is the ability to produce an electrical pulse at the target with a well defined shape (power versus time). This requires that the 36 electrical drivers be initiated with good simultaneity. Simultaneity (or jitter) of the 36 module shot outputs is controlled by a sequence of pulse outputs starting at the control/monitor input to the trigger amplifier and then to the Marx trigger generators, the Marx generators, and finally the rimfire switches. A homogeneous insulating vapor in these switches is thought to reduce the jitter; however, actual data are not available to establish this concept. PBFA-II uses sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) for this insulating vapor. This paper describes the requirements placed on an SF6 reprocessing system when operating in a fusion research accelerator, resulting in criteria used to design the reprocessing system, and the subsequent design implemented to meet these criteria

  3. AC-loss considerations of a pulse SMES for an accelerator

    Lyly, M.; Hiltunen, I.; Järvelä, J.; Korpela, A.; Lehti, L.; Stenvall, A.; Mikkonen, R.

    2010-06-01

    In particle accelerators quasi-DC superconducting magnets are used to keep particles in desired tracks. The needed rapid field variations of these high energy magnets require large energy bursts. If these bursts are taken from and fed back to the utility grid, its voltage is distorted and the quality of the electricity degrades. In addition, these bursts may decrease operation life time of generators and extra arrangements may be required by the electricity producers. Thus, an energy storage is an essential component for a cost-effective particle accelerator. Flywheels, capacitors and superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) are possible options for these relatively large and high power energy storages. Here we concentrate on AC-loss of a pulse SMES aiming to demonstrate the feasibility of NbTi SMES in a particle accelerator. The designing of a SMES requires highly reliable AC-loss simulations. In this paper, calorimetric AC-loss measurements of a NbTi magnet have been carried out to consider conductor's suitability in a pulse SMES. In addition, the measured results are compared with AC-loss simulations.

  4. AC-loss considerations of a pulse SMES for an accelerator

    Lyly, M; Hiltunen, I; Jaervelae, J; Korpela, A; Lehti, L; Stenvall, A; Mikkonen, R, E-mail: mika.lyly@tut.f [Tampere University of Technology, Electromagnetics, PO Box 692, FI-33101 (Finland)

    2010-06-01

    In particle accelerators quasi-DC superconducting magnets are used to keep particles in desired tracks. The needed rapid field variations of these high energy magnets require large energy bursts. If these bursts are taken from and fed back to the utility grid, its voltage is distorted and the quality of the electricity degrades. In addition, these bursts may decrease operation life time of generators and extra arrangements may be required by the electricity producers. Thus, an energy storage is an essential component for a cost-effective particle accelerator. Flywheels, capacitors and superconducting magnetic energy storage (SMES) are possible options for these relatively large and high power energy storages. Here we concentrate on AC-loss of a pulse SMES aiming to demonstrate the feasibility of NbTi SMES in a particle accelerator. The designing of a SMES requires highly reliable AC-loss simulations. In this paper, calorimetric AC-loss measurements of a NbTi magnet have been carried out to consider conductor's suitability in a pulse SMES. In addition, the measured results are compared with AC-loss simulations.

  5. DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS OF FAST KICKER SYSTEMS FOR HIGH INTENSITY PROTON ACCELERATORS

    In this paper, we discuss the specific issues related to the design of the Fast Kicker Systems for high intensity proton accelerators. To address these issues in the preliminary design stage can be critical since the fast kicker systems affect the machine lattice structure and overall design parameters. Main topics include system architecture, design strategy, beam current coupling, grounding, end user cost vs. system cost, reliability, redundancy and flexibility. Operating experience with the Alternating Gradient Synchrotron injection and extraction kicker systems at Brookhaven National Laboratory and their future upgrade is presented. Additionally, new conceptual designs of the extraction kicker for the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge and the Advanced Hydrotest Facility at Los Alamos are discussed

  6. Fast and dynamic generation of linear octrees for geological bodies under hardware acceleration

    2010-01-01

    In the application of 3D Geoscience Modeling,we often need to generate the volumetric representations of geological bodies from their surface representations.Linear octree,as an efficient and easily operated volumetric model,is widely used in 3D Geoscience Modeling.This paper proposes an algorithm for fast and dynamic generation of linear octrees of geological bodies from their surface models under hardware acceleration.The Z-buffers are used to determine the attributes of octants and voxels in a fast way,and a divide-and-conquer strategy is adopted.A stack structure is exploited to record the subdivision,which allows generating linear octrees dynamically.The algorithm avoids large-scale sorting process and bypasses the compression in linear octrees generation.Experimental results indicate its high efficiency in generating linear octrees for large-scale geologic bodies.

  7. Magnetohydrodynamic study of adiabatic supersonic and subsonic expansion accelerations in spontaneous fast magnetic reconnection

    The thermodynamic supersonic expansion acceleration mechanism associated with the spontaneous fast magnetic reconnection is studied by two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) simulations and the Rankine-Hugoniot analysis. The reconnection outflow jet can steadily exceed the Alfven velocity measured in the upstream magnetic field region. Such a high speed jet cannot be explained by the Petschek model. According to previous studies, when supersonic (superfast) plasma jets generated by a pair of slow shocks expand in the direction normal to the jet, the jets can be further accelerated beyond the Alfven velocity by the adiabatic supersonic expansion process. The expansion process is caused by the swelling of the plasmoid (magnetic loop). In this paper, it is theoretically shown that the sound Mach number of the reconnection jet generated by slow shocks is determined by the plasma density and beta value in the upstream magnetic field region, in which asymmetric reconnection models are also studied. Then, the theoretical prediction of the Mach number is related to the onset of the supersonic expansion acceleration process in MHD simulations. In addition, it is shown that, also when the reconnection jet is subsonic, the jet is further accelerated by the adiabatic subsonic expansion mechanism

  8. Simulation of Cascaded Longitudinal-Space-Charge Amplifier at the Fermilab Accelerator Science & Technology (Fast) Facility

    Halavanau, A. [Northern Illinois U.; Piot, P. [Northern Illinois U.

    2015-12-01

    Cascaded Longitudinal Space Charge Amplifiers (LSCA) have been proposed as a mechanism to generate density modulation over a board spectral range. The scheme has been recently demonstrated in the optical regime and has confirmed the production of broadband optical radiation. In this paper we investigate, via numerical simulations, the performance of a cascaded LSCA beamline at the Fermilab Accelerator Science & Technology (FAST) facility to produce broadband ultraviolet radiation. Our studies are carried out using elegant with included tree-based grid-less space charge algorithm.

  9. Preliminary physics design of accelerator-driven thorium cycle fast breeder reactor

    A preliminary reactor physics design of a lead cooled fast accelerator-driven system has been explored as a thorium-uranium cycle breeder reactor. The sub-critical reactor core operates at an effective neutron multiplication factor of 0.95 and when driven by 1 GeV proton beams of intensity 30 mA, produces about ∼ 900 MWth power. Variation of total thermal power, 233U inventory, Keff, radial and axial power distribution through the operating cycle as well as breeding ratio and doubling time are presented. (author)

  10. Plasmon-enhanced terahertz emission in self-assembled quantum dots by femtosecond pulses

    A scheme for terahertz (THz) generation from intraband transition in a self-assembled quantum dot (QD) molecule coupled to a metallic nanoparticle (MNP) is analyzed. The QD structure is described as a three-level atom-like system using the density matrix formalism. The MNP with spherical geometry is considered in the quasistatic approximation. A femtosecond laser pulse creates a coherent superposition of two subbands in the quantum dots and produces localized surface plasmons in the nanoparticle which act back upon the QD molecule via dipole-dipole interaction. As a result, coherent THz radiation with a frequency corresponding to the interlevel spacing can be obtained, which is strongly modified by the presence of the MNP. The peak value of the terahertz signal is analyzed as a function of nanoparticle's size, the MNP to QD distance, and the area of the applied laser field. In addition, we theoretically demonstrate that the terahertz pulse generation can be effectively controlled by making use of a train of femtosecond laser pulses. We show that by a proper choice of the parameters characterizing the pulse train a huge enhancement of the terahertz signal is obtained

  11. Acceleration and evolution of a hollow electron beam in wakefields driven by a Laguerre-Gaussian laser pulse

    Zhang, Guo-Bo; Chen, Min; Schroeder, C. B.; Luo, Ji; Zeng, Ming; Li, Fei-Yu; Yu, Lu-Le; Weng, Su-Ming; Ma, Yan-Yun; Yu, Tong-Pu; Sheng, Zheng-Ming; Esarey, E.

    2016-03-01

    We show that a ring-shaped hollow electron beam can be injected and accelerated by using a Laguerre-Gaussian laser pulse and ionization-induced injection in a laser wakefield accelerator. The acceleration and evolution of such a hollow, relativistic electron beam are investigated through three-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. We find that both the ring size and the beam thickness oscillate during the acceleration. The beam azimuthal shape is angularly dependent and evolves during the acceleration. The beam ellipticity changes resulting from the electron angular momenta obtained from the drive laser pulse and the focusing forces from the wakefield. The dependence of beam ring radius on the laser-plasma parameters (e.g., laser intensity, focal size, and plasma density) is studied. Such a hollow electron beam may have potential applications for accelerating and collimating positively charged particles.

  12. Sensitive and ultra-fast species detection using pulsed cavity ringdown spectroscopy

    Alquaity, Awad

    2015-01-01

    Pulsed cavity ringdown spectroscopy (CRDS) is used to develop a novel, ultra-fast, high-sensitivity diagnostic for measuring species concentrations in shock tube experiments. The diagnostic is demonstrated by monitoring trace concentrations of ethylene in the mid-IR region near 949.47 cm-1. Each ringdown measurement is completed in less than 1 μs and the time period between successive pulses is 10 μs. The high sensitivity diagnostic has a noise-equivalent detection limit of 1.08 x 10-5 cm-1 which enables detection of 15 ppm ethylene at fuel pyrolysis conditions (1845 K and 2 bar) and 294 ppb ethylene under ambient conditions (297 K and 1 bar). To our knowledge, this is the first successful application of the cavity ringdown method to the measurement of species time-histories in a shock tube. © 2015 OSA.

  13. Determination of optimum proton pulse duration for triggering fast ignition in inertial confinement fusion

    A. Ghasemizad

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available  Two relatively simple analytic Models for investigation of fast ignition dynamics are developed, that are the subsonic and the supersonic models. On the basis of the subsonic model, which a pre-compressed fuel of density is heated by a subsonic thermal wave, the beam energy and the intensity required for ignition is closely related to proton range. Whereas, on the basis of supersonic model, for ranges shorter than 0.25 gr/cm2 , the mentioned energy remains constant and the intensity decreases. For ranges larger than this value, not only energy but also the beam intensity will increase with the proton range. Considering that proton pulse duration depend on proton range implicitly, these results allow for the determination of an optimum proton pulse duration value, that we have obtained this value equal to 2.14×103 po-1  ps.

  14. Development and application of a new ultra-fast pulse radiolysis system

    In order to investigate radiation induced fast phenomena, a new highly time-resolved pulse radiolysis system based on pulse and probe method has been developed combined with a Mg laser photocathode RF-gun and a femtosecond laser. It has been attained time resolution less than 10 ps, as well as enabled spectroscopy in wide wavelength covering from visible to infrared region. Accordingly, the system has been taken to determine the initial yields and time behaviors of pre-solvated and solvated electrons in water and variety of alcohols systematically in picosecond time range, and if necessary, to microsecond with help of a practical nanosecond technique (kinetic method). Besides the experiments, reconciliation of Monte-Carlo simulations with the new experimental yield of the hydrated electron was also done. (author)

  15. Fast simulation of non-linear pulsed ultrasound fields using an angular spectrum approach

    Du, Yigang; Jensen, Jørgen Arendt

    2013-01-01

    accuracy of the nonlinear ASA is compared to the non-linear simulation program – Abersim, which is a numerical solution to the Burgers equation based on the OSM. Simulations are performed for a linear array transducer with 64 active elements, focus at 40 mm, and excitation by a 2-cycle sine wave with a......A fast non-linear pulsed ultrasound field simulation is presented. It is implemented based on an angular spectrum approach (ASA), which analytically solves the non-linear wave equation. The ASA solution to the Westervelt equation is derived in detail. The calculation speed is significantly...... increased compared to a numerical solution using an operator splitting method (OSM). The ASA has been modified and extended to pulsed non-linear ultrasound fields in combination with Field II, where any array transducer with arbitrary geometry, excitation, focusing and apodization can be simulated. The...

  16. Intense laser pulse propagation and channel formation through plasmas relevant for the fast ignitor scheme

    Measurements of self-channeling of picosecond laser pulses due to relativistic and ponderomotive expulsion effects have been obtained in preformed plasmas at laser irradiances between 5 - 9x1018 Wcm-2. The self-focused channel was surrounded by a multi-megagauss magnetic field. The orientation of the field was consistent with a forward going relativistic electron beam propagating along the laser pulse. Self-channeling and magnetic field generation mechanisms were modeled by multidimensional particle-in-cell (PIC) simulations and good agreement was obtained with the experimental observations. Measurements of the channel expansion after the interaction were obtained and the rate of expansion was consistent with a blast wave solution. The level of transmission of an intense laser pulse through such performed density channels was observed to increase significantly compared to the case without a channel. High levels of transmission of an intense laser pulse through microtubes were also observed. The relevance of these results to the fast ignitor is discussed. copyright 1999 American Institute of Physics

  17. Pulsed Nd-YAG laser welding of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor fuel elements

    End plug welding of Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) fuel elements involves welding of fully Austenitic Stainless Steel (ASS) of grade D9 clad tube with 316M end plug. Pulsed Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) is being used for the production of PFBR fuel elements at Advanced Fuel Fabrication Facility (AFFF). GTAW is an established process for end plug welding and hence adopted by many countries. GTAW has got certain limitations like heat input, arc gap sensitivity and certain sporadic defects like tungsten inclusion. Experiments have been carried out at AFFF to use Laser Beam Welding (LBW) technique as LBW offers a number of advantages over the former process. This report mainly deals with the optimization of laser parameters for welding of PFBR fuel elements. To facilitate pulsed Nd-YAG laser spot welding, parameters like peak power, pulse duration, pulse energy, frequency and defocusing of laser beam on to the work piece have been optimized. On the basis of penetration requirement laser welding parameters have been optimized. (author)

  18. Pulsed electron gun and linear accelerator fitted with such a gun

    This invention relates to a pulsed electron gun comprising a leak-tight insulating tube closed at one end. A voltage of several tens of kilovolts is applied by cables to the ends of the tube. Among its other features this gun includes a conducting tube fitted inside an insulating tube on the same centre line, in a leak-tight manner to it. This conducting tube forms the grid support, and the bottom of the well so formed being closed by a conducting plate insulated from the conducting tube by an insulating ring, this plate becomes the support of the gun cathode. The grid support is part of the vacuum containment so formed. The electron linear accelerator comprising such a pulsed electron gun is also described

  19. Shock wave acceleration of protons in inhomogeneous plasma interacting with ultrashort intense laser pulses

    Lecz, Zs. [ELI-ALPS, ELI-HU Nkft., Szeged (Hungary); Andreev, A. [ELI-ALPS, ELI-HU Nkft., Szeged (Hungary); Max-Born Institute, Berlin (Germany)

    2015-04-15

    The acceleration of protons, triggered by solitary waves in expanded solid targets is investigated using particle-in-cell simulations. The near-critical density plasma is irradiated by ultrashort high power laser pulses, which generate the solitary wave. The transformation of this soliton into a shock wave during propagation in plasma with exponentially decreasing density profile is described analytically, which allows to obtain a scaling law for the proton energy. The high quality proton bunch with small energy spread is produced by reflection from the shock-front. According to the 2D simulations, the mechanism is stable only if the laser pulse duration is shorter than the characteristic development time of the parasitic Weibel instability.

  20. Ultraintense and Ultrashort Laser Pulses from Raman Amplification in Plasma for Laser-Plasma Accelerators

    Sup-Hur, Min; Kim, Guang-Hoon; Lindberg, Ryan R; Suk, Hyyong; Wurtele, Jonathan

    2005-01-01

    We present analysis and simulations of kinetic effects in the Raman pulse amplification in plasma. An ultraintense and ultrashort laser pulse is a very essential part in an advanced acceleration scheme using laser and plasma. To make strong pulses, a noble scheme of using Raman backscatter in plasma was proposed and has been studied intensively.* The Raman amplification in plasma does not have a restriction in material damage threshold. However, for the new amplifier to be a promising alternative of the CPA technique, more extensive studies on various issues are required. One of the fundamental issues is the electron kinetic effect such as particle trapping or wavebreaking. We present a theoretical analysis of the kinetic effect; a new kinetic term is derived to be added to the fluid model and the effect of the new term is verified by averaged-PIC (aPIC)** simulations. Various one dimensional and semi-two dimensional aPIC simulations of pulse amplification are presented. We discuss the future application of t...

  1. Fast neutron flux analyzer with real-time digital pulse shape discrimination

    Ivanova, A. A.; Zubarev, P. V.; Ivanenko, S. V.; Khilchenko, A. D.; Kotelnikov, A. I.; Polosatkin, S. V.; Puryga, E. A.; Shvyrev, V. G.; Sulyaev, Yu. S.

    2016-08-01

    Investigation of subthermonuclear plasma confinement and heating in magnetic fusion devices such as GOL-3 and GDT at the Budker Institute (Novosibirsk, Russia) requires sophisticated equipment for neutron-, gamma- diagnostics and upgrading data acquisition systems with online data processing. Measurement of fast neutron flux with stilbene scintillation detectors raised the problem of discrimination of the neutrons (n) from background cosmic particles (muons) and neutron-induced gamma rays (γ). This paper describes a fast neutron flux analyzer with real-time digital pulse-shape discrimination (DPSD) algorithm FPGA-implemented for the GOL-3 and GDT devices. This analyzer was tested and calibrated with the help of 137Cs and 252Cf radiation sources. The Figures of Merit (FOM) calculated for different energy cuts are presented.

  2. Laser pulse propagation and enhanced energy coupling to fast electrons in dense plasma gradients

    Laser energy absorption to fast electrons during the interaction of an ultra-intense (1020 W cm−2), picosecond laser pulse with a solid is investigated, experimentally and numerically, as a function of the plasma density scale length at the irradiated surface. It is shown that there is an optimum density gradient for efficient energy coupling to electrons and that this arises due to strong self-focusing and channeling driving energy absorption over an extended length in the preformed plasma. At longer density gradients the laser filaments, resulting in significantly lower overall energy coupling. As the scale length is further increased, a transition to a second laser energy absorption process is observed experimentally via multiple diagnostics. The results demonstrate that it is possible to significantly enhance laser energy absorption and coupling to fast electrons by dynamically controlling the plasma density gradient. (paper)

  3. Waveform timing performance of a 5 GS/s fast pulse sampling module with DRS4

    Wang, Jin-Hong; Liu, Shu-Bin; An, Qi

    2015-10-01

    We first clarify timing issues of non-uniform sampling intervals regarding a 5 GS/s fast pulse sampling module with DRS4. A calibration strategy is proposed, and as a result, the waveform timing performance is improved to below 10 ps RMS. We then further evaluate waveform-timing performance of the module by comparing with a 10 GS/s oscilloscope in a setup with plastic scintillators and fast PMTs. Different waveform timing algorithms are employed for analysis, and the module shows comparable timing performance with that of the oscilloscope. Supported by Knowledge Innovation Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (KJCX2-YW-N27), and National Natural Science Foundation of China (11175176)

  4. Major accident analyses for experimental zero-power fast reactor assemblies

    A study has been made of the possibility, mechanism, and consequence of melt-down and other major nuclear accidents for a ZPR-III type experimental zero-power fast reactor of the two-half type. This study has been supplemented by an evaluation of the importance of the Doppler effect for a wide range of nuclear reactor assemblies for such a reactor. A melt-down event is highly improbable because of the restricted sequence of events which must be postulated. A discussion of the mechanism of the collapse is followed by the results of coupled neutronics-hydrodynamic s calculations for two zero-power assemblies. A 1200-l core has been examined because it represents a relatively large reactor of common core composition. A smaller core with a high-void fraction has been examined as a potentially more dangerous system. Very different time-wise behaviour has been found for the two systems. For sharp accidents in zero-power assemblies, the U235-atoms, separated as plates of enriched uranium, will heat very rapidly while the remainder of the core remains essentially cold, so that a gas of U235-vapour will provide the disassembly pressure. The adaption of the neutronics-hydrodynamic s code AX-I to the use of a Van der Waals gas is described. Another important change in the equation of state used in the code is to employ a Mie-Griineisen type equation derivable from solid state theory. This change provides a more satisfactory way to evaluate the pressure term for cores of variable composition. Because the highly enriched U235 plates of a zero-power assembly will heat much more rapidly than the depleted uranium plates, the possibility of a net positive Doppler effect is much larger for an experimental assembly than for the equivalent power breeder reactor. This hazard has been examined for a range of possible assemblies. These calculations indicate that the Doppler coefficient for a zero-power assembly does not become important as a hazard until one approaches systems with the

  5. Laser triggering of water switches in terrawatt-class pulse power accelerators

    Focused Beams from high-power lasers have been used to command trigger gas switches in pulse power accelerators for more than two decades. This Laboratory-Directed Research and Development project was aimed at determining whether high power lasers could also command trigger water switches on high-power accelerators. In initial work, we determined that focused light from three harmonics of a small pulsed Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm, 532 nm, and 355 nm could be used to form breakdown arcs in water, with the lowest breakdown thresholds of 110 J/cm2 or 14 GW/cm2 at 532 nm in the green. In laboratory-scale laser triggering experiments with a 170-kV pulse-charged water switch with a 3-mm anode-cathode gap, we demonstrated that ∼90 mJ of green laser energy could trigger the gap with a 1-σ jitter of less than 2ns, a factor of 10 improvement over the jitter of the switch in its self breaking mode. In the laboratory-scale experiments we developed optical techniques utilizing polarization rotation of a probe laser beam to measure current in switch channels and electric field enhancements near streamer heads. In the final year of the project, we constructed a pulse-power facility to allow us to test laser triggering of water switches from 0.6- MV to 2.0 MV. Triggering experiments on this facility using an axicon lens for focusing the laser and a switch with a 740 kV self-break voltage produced consistent laser triggering with a ± 16-ns 1-σ jitter, a significant improvement over the ± 24-ns jitter in the self-breaking mode

  6. A synthetic pulse method for excitation of RF-accelerator structures

    Caspers, Fritz

    1986-01-01

    It is proposed to excite RF-cavity accelerator structures in a phaselocked multifrequency mode of operation. The purpose is to obtain high accelerating gradients with smaller average losses than in the conventional single-frequency operation scheme. In general the resonant frequencies are not harmonically related to each other. Assuming finite Q-values one can always find a frequency fo such that within a 3 dB bandwidth all resonances considered are at integer multiples of f0. For the gap voltage one obtains in this case a periodic pulse in the time domain with T = 1/f0. Increasing the peak gap voltage by adding (exciting) further higher modes with equal CW power on each mode (equal shout impedances assumed) results in power losses proportional to $V_{peak}$ instead of $P_{loss} ~ V_{peak}^2$ for single-frequency operation.

  7. An Experimental Study of a Low-Jitter Pulsed Electromagnetic Plasma Accelerator

    Thio, Y. C. Francis; Lee, Michael; Eskridge, Richard; Smith, James; Martin, Adam; Rodgers, Stephen L. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    An experimental plasma accelerator for a variety of applications under development at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center is described. The accelerator is a pulsed plasma thruster and has been tested experimentally and plasma jet velocities of approximately 50 kilometers per second have been obtained. The plasma jet structure has been photographed with 10 ns exposure times to reveal a stable and repeatable plasma structure. Data for velocity profile information has been obtained using light pipes embedded in the gun walls to record the plasma transit at various barrel locations. Preliminary spatially resolved spectral data and magnetic field probe data are also presented. A high speed triggering system has been developed and tested as a means of reducing the gun "jitter". This jitter has been characterized and future work for second generation "ultra-low jitter" gun development is identified.

  8. Detection methods of pulsed X-rays for transmission tomography with a linear accelerator

    Appropriate detection methods are studied for the development of a high energy tomograph using a linear accelerator for nondestructive testing of bulky objects. The aim is the selection of detectors adapted to a pulsed X-ray source and with a good behavior under X-ray radiations of several MeV. Performance of semiconductors (HgI2, Cl doped CdTe, GaAs, Bi12Ge020) and a scintillator (Bi4Ge3012) are examined. A prototype tomograph gave images that show the validity of detectors for analysis of medium size equipment such as a concrete drum of 60 cm in diameter

  9. Measurement and analysis of the electric field radiation in pulsed power system of linear induction accelerator

    The close of high voltage switch in pulsed power system of linear induction accelerator often radiates strong transient electric field, which may influence ambient sensitive electric equipment, signals and performance of other instruments, etc. By performing gridded measurement around the Marx generator, the general distribution law and basic characters of electric field radiation are summarized. The current signal of the discharge circuit is also measured, which demonstrates that the current and the radiated electric field both have a resonance frequency about 150 kHz, and contain much higher frequency components. (authors)

  10. Energy efficiency of electric pulse installation based on a high-current plasma accelerator

    Shanenkov I.I.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The energy efficiency of electric pulse installation based on a high-current plasma accelerator was investigated. A series of experiments with different central electrodes was carried out. The system based on carbon electrodes has a greater value of the charge energy conversion into the energy of arc discharge and the less discharge current level in comparison with other electrode systems. The power consumption value for producing 1 gram of powdered product was estimated and it was found this value is comparable to the work of the LED light bulb for 1 hour.

  11. Ion acceleration in shell cylinders irradiated by a short intense laser pulse

    The interaction of a short high intensity laser pulse with homo and heterogeneous shell cylinders has been analyzed using particle-in-cell simulations and analytical modeling. We show that the shell cylinder is proficient of accelerating and focusing ions in a narrow region. In the case of shell cylinder, the ion energy exceeds the ion energy for a flat target of the same thickness. The constructed model enables the evaluation of the ion energy and the number of ions in the focusing region

  12. Pulsed spallation neutron source with an induction LINAC and a fixed-field alternating-gradient accelerator

    The paper describes an accelerator scenario of a Pulsed Spallation Neutron Source made of an Induction Linac injecting into a Fixed-Field Alternating-Gradient Accelerator (FFAG). The motivations underlying the proposal deal with the concern of removing technical risks peculiar to other scenarios involving RF Linacs, Synchrotrons and Accumulator Rings, which originate, for example, from the need of developing intense negative-ion sources and of multi-turn injection into the Compressor Rings. The system proposed here makes use of a positive-ion source of very short pulse duration, and of single-turn transfer into the circular accelerator. (author) 2 figs., 2 tabs., 16 refs

  13. Braking device of the movable element of a fast neutron nuclear reactor absorption assembly

    The aim of the invention as to propose a braking device of the movable element of an absorption assembly of a liquid metal-cooled fast neutron reactor. The core contains neutron absorption assemblies comprising a fixed guide sleeve of the movable element in the vertical direction, fixed at its lower end in the core support; the coolant flows through this sleeve. The assembly comprises a movable element consisting of a sheath filled with neutron absorptive material and fixed at its upper end by a connector to a vertical displacement mechanism and at its lower end to a long vertical hollow guide tube having bottom openings for the passage of the coolant into its interior and into the sheath. The device is formed by a part of the internal surface of the lower end of the sleeve and by a part of the lower end of the guide tube cooperating, at the end of the downward movement of the guide tube, to form a chamber having a small leakage space for the coolant. The invention applies to sodium cooled reactors

  14. RANS-based CFD simulations of wire-wrapped fast reactor fuel assemblies

    As part of a broader effort to develop an advanced, integrated multi-physics simulation capability for the design and analysis of future generations of nuclear power plants, the development of an integrated multi-resolution thermal hydraulic analysis tool package has been initiated To aid in prioritizing investment of resources and to begin to establish the mechanisms for communicating data between resolution levels, the range of applicability of each level of resolution is being evaluated through benchmark comparisons between codes, beginning with simulations of the fueled region of a single wire-wrapped sodium-cooled fast reactor fuel assembly. From a design perspective, one potentially sign advantage of higher resolution simulation of the fuel assembly is improved predictions of the exchange of coolant between individual flow channels, which is the primary mechanism for subchannel-to-subchannel heat transfer Initial comparisons of Large Eddy Simulation predictions using the spectral element code Nek 5000 and Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes predictions using the commercial finite volume code Star-CD suggest that the lower order RANS methods can be used to predict the hydrodynamic behavior within the assembly with acceptable accuracy. (authors)

  15. Acceleration of neutral atoms in strong short-pulse laser fields.

    Eichmann, U; Nubbemeyer, T; Rottke, H; Sandner, W

    2009-10-29

    A charged particle exposed to an oscillating electric field experiences a force proportional to the cycle-averaged intensity gradient. This so-called ponderomotive force plays a major part in a variety of physical situations such as Paul traps for charged particles, electron diffraction in strong (standing) laser fields (the Kapitza-Dirac effect) and laser-based particle acceleration. Comparably weak forces on neutral atoms in inhomogeneous light fields may arise from the dynamical polarization of an atom; these are physically similar to the cycle-averaged forces. Here we observe previously unconsidered extremely strong kinematic forces on neutral atoms in short-pulse laser fields. We identify the ponderomotive force on electrons as the driving mechanism, leading to ultrastrong acceleration of neutral atoms with a magnitude as high as approximately 10(14) times the Earth's gravitational acceleration, g. To our knowledge, this is by far the highest observed acceleration on neutral atoms in external fields and may lead to new applications in both fundamental and applied physics. PMID:19865167

  16. Sulfur hexafluoride reprocessing system design for a large pulsed power accelerator

    The Particle Beam Fusion Accelerator-II (PBFA-II) is a large, high power accelerator being constructed at Sandia National Labs to conduct research in inertial confinement fusion. One key to the success of this machine is the ability to produce an electrical pulse at the target with a well defined shape (power versus time). In the past at Sandia National Labs, a commercial SF6 reclaimer unit has been used to reprocess vapor. These reclaimers are well designed for their primary purpose-the reprocessing of substation transformer and circuit breaker vapor for the electrical generation industry. They are not designed to meet the more exacting needs of a research accelerator such as PBFA-II. An SF6 reprocessing system was designed for use in PBFA-II to overcome the deficiencies found in commercial reclaimers. This paper describes the requirements placed on an SF6 reprocessing system when operating in a fusion research accelerator, resulting in criteria used to design the reprocessing system, and the subsequent design implemented to meet these criteria

  17. Multi-Pulse Laser Wakefield Acceleration: A New Route to Efficient, High-Repetition-Rate Plasma Accelerators and High Flux Radiation Sources

    Hooker, S M; Mangles, S P D; Tünnermann, A; Corner, L; Limpert, J; Seryi, A; Walczak, R

    2014-01-01

    Laser-driven plasma accelerators can generate accelerating gradients three orders of magnitude larger than radio-frequency accelerators and have achieved beam energies above 1 GeV in centimetre long stages. However, the pulse repetition rate and wall-plug efficiency of plasma accelerators is limited by the driving laser to less than approximately 1 Hz and 0.1% respectively. Here we investigate the prospects for exciting the plasma wave with trains of low-energy laser pulses rather than a single high-energy pulse. Resonantly exciting the wakefield in this way would enable the use of different technologies, such as fibre or thin-disc lasers, which are able to operate at multi-kilohertz pulse repetition rates and with wall-plug efficiencies two orders of magnitude higher than current laser systems. We outline the parameters of efficient, GeV-scale, 10-kHz plasma accelerators and show that they could drive compact X-ray sources with average photon fluxes comparable to those of third-generation light source but wi...

  18. Generating high-current monoenergetic proton beams by a circularly polarized laser pulse in the phase-stable acceleration regime.

    Yan, X Q; Lin, C; Sheng, Z M; Guo, Z Y; Liu, B C; Lu, Y R; Fang, J X; Chen, J E

    2008-04-01

    A new ion acceleration method, namely, phase-stable acceleration, using circularly-polarized laser pulses is proposed. When the initial target density n(0) and thickness D satisfy a(L) approximately (n(0)/n(c))D/lambda(L) and D>l(s) with a(L), lambda(L), l(s), and n(c) the normalized laser amplitude, the laser wavelength in vacuum, the plasma skin depth, and the critical density of the incident laser pulse, respectively, a quasiequilibrium for the electrons is established by the light pressure and the space charge electrostatic field at the interacting front of the laser pulse. The ions within the skin depth of the laser pulse are synchronously accelerated and bunched by the electrostatic field, and thereby a high-intensity monoenergetic proton beam can be generated. The proton dynamics is investigated analytically and the results are verified by one- and two-dimensional particle-in-cell simulations. PMID:18517963

  19. Nonlinear Stabilization of High-Energy and Ultrashort Pulses in Passively Modelocked Lasers with Fast Saturable Absorption

    Wang, Shaokang; Menyuk, Curtis R

    2016-01-01

    The two most commonly used models for passively modelocked lasers with fast saturable absorbers are the Haus modelocking equation (HME) and the cubic-quintic modelocking equation (CQME). The HME corresponds to a special limit of the CQME in which only a cubic nonlinearity in the fast saturable absorber is kept in the model. Here, we use singular perturbation theory to demonstrate that the CQME has a stable high-energy solution for an arbitrarily small but non-zero quintic contribution to the fast saturable absorber. As a consequence, we find that the CQME predicts the existence of stable modelocked pulses when the cubic nonlinearity is orders of magnitude larger than the value at which the HME predicts that modelocked pulses become unstable. This intrinsically larger stability range is consistent with experiments. Our results suggest a possible path to obtain high-energy and ultrashort pulses by fine tuning the higher-order nonlinear terms in the fast saturable absorber.

  20. The affect of erbium hydride on the conversion efficience to accelerated protons from ultra-shsort pulse laser irradiated foils

    Offermann, Dustin Theodore [The Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)

    2008-01-01

    This thesis work explores, experimentally, the potential gains in the conversion efficiency from ultra-intense laser light to proton beams using erbium hydride coatings. For years, it has been known that contaminants at the rear surface of an ultra-intense laser irradiated thin foil will be accelerated to multi-MeV. Inertial Confinement Fusion fast ignition using proton beams as the igniter source requires of about 1016 protons with an average energy of about 3MeV. This is far more than the 1012 protons available in the contaminant layer. Target designs must include some form of a hydrogen rich coating that can be made thick enough to support the beam requirements of fast ignition. Work with computer simulations of thin foils suggest the atomic mass of the non-hydrogen atoms in the surface layer has a strong affect on the conversion efficiency to protons. For example, the 167amu erbium atoms will take less energy away from the proton beam than a coating using carbon with a mass of 12amu. A pure hydrogen coating would be ideal, but technologically is not feasible at this time. In the experiments performed for my thesis, ErH3 coatings on 5 μm gold foils are compared with typical contaminants which are approximately equivalent to CH1.7. It will be shown that there was a factor of 1.25 ± 0.19 improvement in the conversion efficiency for protons above 3MeV using erbium hydride using the Callisto laser. Callisto is a 10J per pulse, 800nm wavelength laser with a pulse duration of 200fs and can be focused to a peak intensity of about 5 x 1019W/cm2. The total number of protons from either target type was on the order of 1010. Furthermore, the same experiment was performed on the Titan laser, which has a 500fs pulse duration, 150J of energy and can be focused to about 3 x 1020 W/cm2. In this experiment 1012 protons were seen from both erbium hydride and

  1. Fast digital feedback control systems for accelerator RF system using FPGA

    Feedback control system plays important role for proper injection and acceleration of beam in particle accelerators by providing the required amplitude and phase stability of RF fields in accelerating structures. Advancement in the field of digital technology enables us to develop fast digital feedback control system for RF applications. Digital Low Level RF (LLRF) system offers the inherent advantages of Digital System like flexibility, adaptability, good repeatability and reduced long time drift errors compared to analog system. To implement the feedback control algorithm, I/Q control scheme is used. By properly sampling the down converted IF signal using fast ADC we get accurate feedback signal and also eliminates the need of two separate detectors for amplitude and phase detection. Controller is implemented in Vertex-4 FPGA. Codes for control algorithms which controls the amplitude and phase in all four quadrants with good accuracy are written in the VHDL. I/Q modulator works as common actuator for both amplitude and phase correction. Synchronization between RF, LO and ADC clock is indispensable and has been achieved by deriving the clock and LO signal from RF signal itself. Control system has been successfully tested in lab with phase and amplitude stability better then ±1% and ±1° respectively. High frequency RF signal is down converted to IF using the super heterodyne technique. Super heterodyne principal not only brings the RF signal to the Low IF frequency at which it can be easily processed but also enables us to use the same hardware and software for other RF frequencies with some minor modification. (author)

  2. Jet acceleration of the fast molecular outflows in the Seyfert galaxy IC5063

    Tadhunter, C; Rose, M; Oonk, J B R; Oosterloo, T

    2014-01-01

    Massive outflows driven by active galactic nuclei (AGN) are widely recognised to play a key role in the evolution of galaxies, heating the ambient gas, expelling it from the nuclear regions, and thereby affecting the star formation histories of the galaxy bulges. It has been proposed that the powerful jets of relativistic particles launched by some AGN can both accelerate and heat the molecular gas, which often dominates the mass budgets of the outflows. However, clear evidence for this mechanism in the form of detailed associations between the molecular gas kinematics and features in the radio-emitting jets has been lacking. Here we show that the warm molecular hydrogen gas in the western radio lobe of the Seyfert galaxy IC5063 is moving at high velocities - up to 600 km/s - relative to the galaxy disk. This suggests that the molecules have been accelerated by fast shocks driven into the interstellar medium (ISM) by the expanding radio jets. These results demonstrate the general feasibility of accelerating m...

  3. Advanced laser particle accelerator development at LANL: from fast ignition to radiation oncology

    Flippo, Kirk A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Gaillard, Sandrine A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Offermann, D T [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Cobble, J A [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Schmitt, M J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Gautier, D C [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kwan, T J T [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Montgomery, D S [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Kluge, Thomas [FZD-GERMANY; Bussmann, Micheal [FZD-GERMANY; Bartal, T [UCSD; Beg, F N [UCSD; Gall, B [UNIV OF MISSOURI; Geissel, M [SNL; Korgan, G [NANOLABZ; Kovaleski, S [UNIV OF MISSOURI; Lockard, T [UNIV OF NEVADA; Malekos, S [NANOLABZ; Schollmeier, M [SNL; Sentoku, Y [UNIV OF NEVADA; Cowan, T E [FZD-GERMANY

    2010-01-01

    Laser-plasma accelerated ion and electron beam sources are an emerging field with vast prospects, and promise many superior applications in a variety of fields such as hadron cancer therapy, compact radioisotope generation, table-top nuclear physics, laboratory astrophysics, nuclear forensics, waste transmutation, SN M detection, and inertial fusion energy. LANL is engaged in several projects seeking to develop compact high current and high energy ion and electron sources. We are especially interested in two specific applications: ion fast ignition/capsule perturbation and radiation oncology in conjunction with our partners at the ForschungsZentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (FZD). Laser-to-beam conversion efficiencies of over 10% are needed for practical applications, and we have already shown inherent etliciencies of >5% from flat foils, on Trident using only a 5th of the intensity and energy of the Nova Petawatt. With clever target designs, like structured curved cone targets, we have also been able to achieve major ion energy gains, leading to the highest energy laser-accelerated proton beams in the world. These new target designs promise to help usher in the next generation of particle sources realizing the potential of laser-accelerated beams.

  4. Observational and Theoretical Challenges to Wave or Turbulence Accelerations of the Fast Solar Wind

    Roberts, D. Aaron

    2008-01-01

    We use both observations and theoretical considerations to show that hydromagnetic waves or turbulence cannot produce the acceleration of the fast solar wind and the related heating of the open solar corona. Waves do exist as shown by Hinode and other observations, and can play a role in the differential heating and acceleration of minor ions but their amplitudes are not sufficient to power the wind, as demonstrated by extrapolation of magnetic spectra from Helios and Ulysses observations. Dissipation mechanisms invoked to circumvent this conclusion cannot be effective for a variety of reasons. In particular, turbulence does not play a strong role in the corona as shown by both eclipse observations of coronal striations and theoretical considerations of line-tying to a nonturbulent photosphere, nonlocality of interactions, and the nature of kinetic dissipation. In the absence of wave heating and acceleration, the chromosphere and transition region become the natural source of open coronal energization. We suggest a variant of the velocity filtration approach in which the emergence and complex churning of the magnetic flux in the chromosphere and transition region continuously and ubiquitously produces the nonthermal distributions required. These particles are then released by magnetic carpet reconnection at a wide range of scales and produce the wind as described in kinetic approaches. Since the carpet reconnection is not the main source of the energization of the plasma, there is no expectation of an observable release of energy in nanoflares.

  5. Advanced laser particle accelerator development at LANL: from fast ignition to radiation oncology

    Laser-plasma accelerated ion and electron beam sources are an emerging field with vast prospects, and promise many superior applications in a variety of fields such as hadron cancer therapy, compact radioisotope generation, table-top nuclear physics, laboratory astrophysics, nuclear forensics, waste transmutation, SN M detection, and inertial fusion energy. LANL is engaged in several projects seeking to develop compact high current and high energy ion and electron sources. We are especially interested in two specific applications: ion fast ignition/capsule perturbation and radiation oncology in conjunction with our partners at the ForschungsZentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (FZD). Laser-to-beam conversion efficiencies of over 10% are needed for practical applications, and we have already shown inherent etliciencies of >5% from flat foils, on Trident using only a 5th of the intensity and energy of the Nova Petawatt. With clever target designs, like structured curved cone targets, we have also been able to achieve major ion energy gains, leading to the highest energy laser-accelerated proton beams in the world. These new target designs promise to help usher in the next generation of particle sources realizing the potential of laser-accelerated beams.

  6. MCNPX simulations of fast neutron diagnostics for accelerator-driven systems

    In accelerator-driven systems, the neutron spectrum will extend all the way up to the incident beam energy, i.e., several hundred MeV or even up to GeV energies. The high neutron energy allows novel diagnostics with a set of measurement techniques that can be used in a sub-critical reactor environment. Such measurements are primarily connected to system safety and validation. This report shows that in-core fast-neutron diagnostics can be employed to monitor changes in the position of incidence of the primary proton beam onto the neutron production target. It has also been shown that fast neutrons can be used to detect temperature-dependent density changes in a liquid lead-bismuth target. Fast neutrons can escape the system via the beam pipe for the incident proton beam. Out-of-core monitoring of these so called back-streaming neutrons could potentially be used to monitor beam changes if the target has a suitable shape. Moreover, diagnostics of back-streaming neutrons might be used for validation of the system design

  7. The need to address the larger universe of HEU-fueled reactors, including critical assemblies, pulsed reactors and propulsion reactors

    Full text: The RERTR program has focused thus far primarily on ending shipments of HEU fuel to research reactors. This has resulted in giving highest priority to reactors with steady thermal powers of 1 megawatt or more, because they require regular refuelling. Critical facilities and pulsed reactors can also of serious concern, because some of them contain very large amounts of barely-irradiated HEU and plutonium. They could be costly to convert - and conversion to LEU may be impractical for fast-neutron critical assemblies. An assessment should be carried out first, therefore, as to which are still needed. Critical assemblies are required today primarily to benchmark Monte Carlo neutron-transport codes. Perhaps the world nuclear community could share a few instead of each reactor-design institute having its own. There is also a whole universe of HEU-fuelled pressurized-water reactors used to power submarines and other types of nuclear-powered ships. These reactors collectively require much more HEU fuel each year than research reactors. The risk of HEU diversion from their fuel cycles is not zero but it is difficult for outsiders to discuss conversion because of the fuel designs are classified. This makes the conversion of Russia's civilian icebreaker reactors of particular interest because issues of classified fuel design are less problematic and these reactors load annually fuel containing about 400 kg of U-235. Another reason for interest in developing LEU fuel for these reactors is that the KLT-40 icebreaker reactor is being adapted for a floating nuclear power plant. Finally, the research-reactor community is, in any case, faced with developing fuels that can operate at power-reactor-fuel temperatures because there are a few high-powered research reactors that operate in this temperature range. (author)

  8. Effects of substrate temperature on nanoparticle-assembled Fe films produced by ultrafast pulsed laser deposition

    Highlights: ► Effects of substrate temperature on nanoparticle-assembled Fe films produced by fs-PLD. ► Low temperature magnetic behavior of nanoparticle-assembled Fe films produced by fs-PLD. ► Role played by the Fe oxide shell in stabilizing the core magnetic moments. ► Influence of the spin disorder in surface oxidized Fe nanoparticles on low temperature coercivity. - Abstract: Ultrafast pulsed laser deposition is an interesting technique for the synthesis of nanoparticles (NP) and NP-assembled films (NPA). The NPA films show a structure with agglomerates of NPs sticking to one another, with a significant shape and orientation anisotropy and negligible coalescence. In this communication, we report preliminary results concerning the effect of the substrate temperature on the magnetic response of the NPA films in the case of Fe NPs deposited on Si (1 0 0). The experimental data evidence a clear role of the substrate temperature on the hysteresis loop of the deposited NPA films due to the aggregation and oxidation degree of the NPs.

  9. Shaping of intensive secondary pulsed molecular beam and production of accelerated molecules and radicals in it

    Makarov, G N

    2001-01-01

    The method is described for shaping the intensive secondary pulsed molecular beam, wherein the molecules kinetic energy may be controlled through the powerful IR laser radiation by means of the molecules oscillatory excitation in the source itself. The thickening jump (the shock wave), which is formed by interaction of the intensive pulsed supersonic molecular beam (or flux) with a solid surface, is used as the secondary beam source. The intensive (>= 10 sup 2 sup 0 molecules/stere. s) beams of the SF sub 6 and CF sub 3 I molecules with the kinetic energy correspondingly equal to approximately 1.5 eV and 1.2 eV without gas-carrier and molecular SF sub 6 beams with kinetic energy approx = 2.5 eV are obtained. The spectral and energy characteristics of the SF sub 6 molecules acceleration in the secondary beam are studied. The possibility of obtaining the accelerated radicals in the secondary molecular beam is indicated

  10. On electromagnetic acceleration of material from a plate hit by a pulsed electron beam

    An intense pulsed electron beam traversing a thin metal plate creates a volume of dense plasma. Current flows in this plasma as a result of the charge and magnetic field introduced by the relativistic electrons. A magnetic field may linger after the electron beam pulse because of the conductivity of the material. This field decays by both diffusing out of the conducting matter and causing it to expand. If the magnetized matter is of low density and high conductivity it may expand quickly. Scaling laws for this acceleration are sought by analyzing the idealization of a steady axisymmetric flow. This case simplifies a general formulation based on both Euler's and Maxwell's equations. As an example, fluid with conductivity σ = 8 x 104 Siemens/m, density ρ = 8 x 10-3 kg/m3, and initially magnetized to B = 1 Tesla can accelerate to v = 104 m/s within a distance comparable to L = 1 mm and a time comparable to σμL2 = 100 ns, which is the magnetic diffusion time. If instead, σ = 8 x 103 Siemens/m and ρ = 8 x 10-5 kg/m3 then v 105 m/s with a magnetic diffusion time σμL2 = 10 ns. These idealized flows have RM = σμvL = 1, where RM is the magnetic Reynolds number. The target magnetizes by a thermal electric effect

  11. Pulse height tests of a large diameter fast LaBr3:Ce scintillation detector

    The pulse height response of a large diameter fast 100 mm×100 mm LaBr3:Ce detector was measured for 0.1–10 MeV gamma-rays. The detector has a claimed time resolution of 608 ps for 511 keV gamma rays, but has relatively poor energy resolution due to the characteristics of its fast photomultiplier. The detector pulse height response was measured for gamma rays from cobalt, cesium, and bismuth radioisotope sources as well as prompt gamma rays from thermal neutron capture in water samples contaminated with mercury (3.1 wt%), boron (2.5 wt%), cadmium (0.25 wt%), chromium (52 wt%), and nickel (22 wt%) compounds. The energy resolution of the detector was determined from full width at half maximum (FWHM) of element-characteristic gamma ray peaks in the pulse height spectrum associated with the element present in the contaminated water sample. The measured energy resolution of the 100 mm×100 mm detector varies from 12.7±0.2% to 1.9±0.1% for 0.1 to 10 MeV gamma rays, respectively. The graph showing the energy resolution ΔE/E(%) versus 1/√Eγ was fitted with a linear function to study the detector light collection from the slope of the curve. The slope of the present 100 mm×100 mm detector is almost twice as large as the slope of a similar curve of previously published data for a 89 mm×203 mm LaBr3:Ce detector. This indicates almost two times poorer light collection in the 100 mm×100 mm detector as compared to the other detector. - Highlights: • Pulse height tests of 100 mm×100 mm cylindrical fast LaBr3:Ce detector. • Prompt gamma ray measurements. • Water samples with mercury (3.1 wt%), boron (2.5 wt%), cadmium (0.25 wt%), chromium (52 wt%), and nickel (22 wt%) contamination

  12. Pulse height tests of a large diameter fast LaBr₃:Ce scintillation detector.

    Naqvi, A A; Khiari, F Z; Maslehuddin, M; Gondal, M A; Al-Amoudi, O S B; Ukashat, M S; Ilyas, A M; Liadi, F A; Isab, A A; Khateeb-ur Rehman; Raashid, M; Dastageer, M A

    2015-10-01

    The pulse height response of a large diameter fast 100 mm × 100 mm LaBr3:Ce detector was measured for 0.1-10 MeV gamma-rays. The detector has a claimed time resolution of 608 ps for 511 keV gamma rays, but has relatively poor energy resolution due to the characteristics of its fast photomultiplier. The detector pulse height response was measured for gamma rays from cobalt, cesium, and bismuth radioisotope sources as well as prompt gamma rays from thermal neutron capture in water samples contaminated with mercury (3.1 wt%), boron (2.5 wt%), cadmium (0.25 wt%), chromium (52 wt%), and nickel (22 wt%) compounds. The energy resolution of the detector was determined from full width at half maximum (FWHM) of element-characteristic gamma ray peaks in the pulse height spectrum associated with the element present in the contaminated water sample. The measured energy resolution of the 100 mm × 100 mm detector varies from 12.7±0.2% to 1.9±0.1% for 0.1 to 10 MeV gamma rays, respectively. The graph showing the energy resolution ΔE/E(%) versus 1/√Eγ was fitted with a linear function to study the detector light collection from the slope of the curve. The slope of the present 100 mm × 100 mm detector is almost twice as large as the slope of a similar curve of previously published data for a 89 mm × 203 mm LaBr3:Ce detector. This indicates almost two times poorer light collection in the 100 mm × 100 mm detector as compared to the other detector. PMID:26207950

  13. Scaling magnetized liner inertial fusion on Z and future pulsed-power accelerators

    The MagLIF (Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion) concept [S. A. Slutz et al., Phys. Plasmas 17, 056303 (2010)] has demonstrated fusion–relevant plasma conditions [M. R. Gomez et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 155003 (2014)] on the Z accelerator with a peak drive current of about 18 MA. We present 2D numerical simulations of the scaling of MagLIF on Z as a function of drive current, preheat energy, and applied magnetic field. The results indicate that deuterium-tritium (DT) fusion yields greater than 100 kJ could be possible on Z when all of these parameters are at the optimum values: i.e., peak current = 25 MA, deposited preheat energy = 5 kJ, and Bz = 30 T. Much higher yields have been predicted [S. A. Slutz and R. A. Vesey, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 025003 (2012)] for MagLIF driven with larger peak currents. Two high performance pulsed-power accelerators (Z300 and Z800) based on linear-transformer-driver technology have been designed [W. A. Stygar et al., Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 18, 110401 (2015)]. The Z300 design would provide 48 MA to a MagLIF load, while Z800 would provide 65 MA. Parameterized Thevenin-equivalent circuits were used to drive a series of 1D and 2D numerical MagLIF simulations with currents ranging from what Z can deliver now to what could be achieved by these conceptual future pulsed-power accelerators. 2D simulations of simple MagLIF targets containing just gaseous DT have yields of 18 MJ for Z300 and 440 MJ for Z800. The 2D simulated yield for Z800 is increased to 7 GJ by adding a layer of frozen DT ice to the inside of the liner

  14. Multi-charged heavy ion acceleration from the ultra-intense short pulse laser system interacting with the metal target

    Nishiuchi, M.; Sakaki, H.; Maeda, S.; Sagisaka, A.; Pirozhkov, A. S.; Pikuz, T.; Faenov, A.; Ogura, K.; Kanasaki, M.; Matsukawa, K.; Kusumoto, T.; Tao, A.; Fukami, T.; Esirkepov, T.; Koga, J.; Kiriyama, H.; Okada, H.; Shimomura, T.; Tanoue, M.; Nakai, Y.; Fukuda, Y.; Sakai, S.; Tamura, J.; Nishio, K.; Sako, H.; Kando, M.; Yamauchi, T.; Watanabe, Y.; Bulanov, S. V.; Kondo, K.

    2014-02-01

    Experimental demonstration of multi-charged heavy ion acceleration from the interaction between the ultra-intense short pulse laser system and the metal target is presented. Al ions are accelerated up to 12 MeV/u (324 MeV total energy). To our knowledge, this is far the highest energy ever reported for the case of acceleration of the heavy ions produced by the high intensity laser field of ˜1021 W cm-2, the accelerated ions are almost fully stripped, having high charge to mass ratio (Q/M).

  15. Development of numerical simulation system for thermal-hydraulic analysis in fuel assembly of sodium-cooled fast reactor

    Ohshima, Hiroyuki; Uwaba, Tomoyuki [Japan Atomic Energy Agency (4002 Narita, O-arai, Ibaraki 311-1393, Japan) (Japan); Hashimoto, Akihiko; Imai, Yasutomo [NDD Corporation (1-1-6 Jounan, Mito, Ibaraki 310-0803, Japan) (Japan); Ito, Masahiro [NESI Inc. (4002 Narita, O-arai, Ibaraki 311-1393, Japan) (Japan)

    2015-12-31

    A numerical simulation system, which consists of a deformation analysis program and three kinds of thermal-hydraulics analysis programs, is being developed in Japan Atomic Energy Agency in order to offer methodologies to clarify thermal-hydraulic phenomena in fuel assemblies of sodium-cooled fast reactors under various operating conditions. This paper gives the outline of the system and its applications to fuel assembly analyses as a validation study.

  16. Development of numerical simulation system for thermal-hydraulic analysis in fuel assembly of sodium-cooled fast reactor

    Ohshima, Hiroyuki; Uwaba, Tomoyuki; Hashimoto, Akihiko; Imai, Yasutomo; Ito, Masahiro

    2015-12-01

    A numerical simulation system, which consists of a deformation analysis program and three kinds of thermal-hydraulics analysis programs, is being developed in Japan Atomic Energy Agency in order to offer methodologies to clarify thermal-hydraulic phenomena in fuel assemblies of sodium-cooled fast reactors under various operating conditions. This paper gives the outline of the system and its applications to fuel assembly analyses as a validation study.

  17. Development of numerical simulation system for thermal-hydraulic analysis in fuel assembly of sodium-cooled fast reactor

    A numerical simulation system, which consists of a deformation analysis program and three kinds of thermal-hydraulics analysis programs, is being developed in Japan Atomic Energy Agency in order to offer methodologies to clarify thermal-hydraulic phenomena in fuel assemblies of sodium-cooled fast reactors under various operating conditions. This paper gives the outline of the system and its applications to fuel assembly analyses as a validation study

  18. Development of a non-thermal accelerated pulsed UV photolysis assisted digestion method for fresh and dried food samples

    A simple, fast digestion procedure for fresh and dried foods, using high-power pulsed UV photolysis in the presence of hydrogen peroxide, is being developed. The homogenized food samples were mixed with H2O2 or with a mixture of H2O2 and HNO3, and irradiated for short times with a 248-nm UV excimer laser. After centrifugation, a clear, colorless solution was obtained and aliquots were deposited on Teflon filters for XRF and/or PIXE analyses. Standard reference materials (NIST Peach Leaves; Typical Diet) were also analyzed to compare recoveries and detection limits. Improvements in detection limits were observed, but a few trace elements (<1 ppm) were not reproducibly detected (Fe, Sr). This method proved to be practical for the accelerated digestion of food samples and preparing analytes in short-time intervals. In combination with PIXE and XRF, it allows high-sensitivity multi-elemental analyses for screening the nutritional elements and for food safety purposes regarding the potential presence of toxic elements. Further development to optimize and validate this procedure for a broader range of analytes is in progress

  19. Innovative technologies on fuel assemblies cleaning for sodium fast reactors: First considerations on cleaning process

    Within the framework of Sodium Fast Reactor development, innovative fuel assembly cleaning operations are investigated to meet the GEN IV goals of safety and of process development. One of the challenges is to mitigate the Sodium Water Reaction currently used in these processes. The potential applications of aqueous solutions of mineral salts (including the possibility of using redox chemical reactions) to mitigate the Sodium Water Reaction are considered in a first part and a new experimental bench, dedicated to this study, is described. Anhydrous alternative options based on Na/CO2 interaction are also presented. Then, in a second part, a functional study conducted on the cleaning pit is proposed. Based on experimental feedback, some calculations are carried out to estimate the sodium inventory on the fuel elements, and physical methods like hot inert gas sweeping to reduce this inventory are also presented. Finally, the implementation of these innovative solutions in cleaning pits is studied in regard to the expected performances. (authors)

  20. NABUB a non-saturated model of coolant boiling in a fast reactor sub-assembly

    A theoretical model is described of sodium boiling in a fast reactor sub-assembly in which the usual assumptions of a saturated vapour are not made. Instead, vapour pressure is calculated in a perfect gas basis, which enables some allowance to be made for the possible presence of non-condensables, which may inhibit the condensation f the vapour. Indications are given of the circumstances under which such inhibition might be expected to show the most marked effects, and some sample results ontained by the code are presented. These show that the coolant voiding pattern is most sensitive to restrictions on the condensing flux in the 100 to 200w/cm2 range. If unrestricted condensation is assumed, the results of the code are in excellent agreement with more conventional saturation models. (author)

  1. Report of specialists' meeting on 'pulse reactor using the particle accelerators'

    KUR was decided to be continued to operate at the Reactor Laboratory according to the report on 'How to investigate the reactor for study in the Universities' published by Committee of Science Consideration on July, 1997. However, it is necessary to proceed the next program based on the KUR study results in future. From a viewpoint of the study, on considering of beginning of the next program during using KUR still but not establishing it after wasting the KUR, it is preferable to be an equipment with complemental characters for the KUR. As the pulse neutron source, spallation neutron source using large intensity proton accelerator with about 1 GeV is focused most of interests. Use of the proton beam with large neutron generation in comparison with electron beam can make non-critical collector with relatively large non-critical ratio to a target, and can obtain safety without any change of reactivity by means of mechanical method. Furthermore, this accelerator has some times of the non-critical ratio in comparison with the spallation method using only accelerator and has a feature to be low in its cost. In this report, its program, 11 items of lectures and general discussion on them were described. (G.K.)

  2. Acceleration technology and power plant design for fast ignition heavy ion inertial fusion energy

    Full text: This talk gives an update on the progress in Heavy Ion Beam IFE experimental and theoretical activities conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Atomic Energy of Russian Federation under contract No. 6.25.19.19.03/996. The considerations of heavy ion fusion power plant concept are based on the fast ignition principle for fusion targets. The cylindrical target is irradiated subsequently by a hollow beam in compression phase and by powerful ignition beam for initiation of the burning phase. The ignition is provided by the high energy 100 GeV Pt ions of different masses accelerated in RF-linac. The efficiency of the driver is taken ∼25%. The main beam delivers ∼5 MJ energy and the ignition beam ∼0.4 MJ to the target. Cylindrical DT filled target provides ∼600 MJ fusion yield, of which 180 MJ appears in X-rays and ionized debris and 420 MJ in neutrons. The repetition rate is taken as 2 Hz per reactor chamber. The first wall of the reactor chamber employs 'liquid wall' approach, particularly the wetted porous design. The lithium-lead eutectic is used as a coolant, with initial surface temperature of 550 deg. C. Computation of neutronics results in blanket energy deposition with maximum density of the order of 10E8 J/m3. The heat conversion system consisting of three coolant loops provides the net efficiency of the power plant of ∼35%. The Heavy Ion IFE experimental program is focused on a major upgrade of the ITEP accelerator complex for acceleration and accumulation of high current beams - the TeraWatt Accumulator project (ITEP-TWAC). Commissioning of the whole acceleration/accumulation beam gymnastic scheme with stacking of ∼10E10 C6+ and fast extraction to the experimental area has been done in 2003. The ion bunch is being compressed from 1 mks to ∼ 170 ns and focused down to a spot ∼ 1 mm. Current experiment efforts are aiming at measurements of ionization degree, charge state distribution, conductivity, plasma pressure, ion and

  3. The status of fast reactor technology development and accelerator driven subcritical system researches in China

    Since last May in mainland China there are two nuclear power plants with total capacity of 2.1 GWe in operation and four NPPs in construction. It is envisaged that the total nuclear power capacity will be about 8.5 GWe in the year 2005. Recently the Government is considering four other new NPPs with a total capacity of about 4 GWe and starting their construction during 'tenth five years Plan' (2001-2005). The three new nuclear systems, FBR, ADS and Hybrid, have started to be developed with a rather moderate project and are all still in the early stage. For fast reactor engineering development, the China Experimental Fast Reactor (CEFR) of 65 MWt is the first step. After some additional accidents analysis, especially sodium spray fire accident analysis, the reactor building construction will be continued. The main components including of the reactor block, primary and secondary circuits, fuel handling system have been ordered. It is foreseen to have CEFR reaching first criticality at the end of 2005. The second step 300 MWe Modular Fast Reactor (MPFR) is under consideration, which will be a prototype for large size fast reactor. Based on the size of MPFR, the role of MA transmutation has been evaluated. For the Accelerator Driven Subcritical System (ADS), we are making great efforts to accomplish the research tasks worked out in the first phase program (1998-2002) with emphasis on the system optimization, reactor physics and technology, accelerator physics and technology and nuclear and material data base, and are enthusiastically preparing to step to the second phase program which is marked by ADS concept verification study (2000-2007). As to the Fusion-Fission Hybrid System, in near-term the emphasis will be put on the experiments on two big testing facilities HL-1M and HT-7 on one hand, and on the other hand, we will determine the targets of medium-term and long-term development for Hybrid system and work out relative development program

  4. RANS simulations of turbulent diffusion in wire-wrapped sodium fast reactor fuel assemblies

    As part of a broader effort to develop an advanced, integrated multi-physics simulation capability for the design and analysis of future generations of nuclear power plants, the development of an integrated multi-resolution thermal hydraulic analysis tool package has been initiated. Initial development efforts have focused on high-fidelity highly-scalable Direct Numerical Simulation and Large Eddy Simulation methods for prediction of detailed flow and thermal distributions in localized regions of a reactor core. To aid in prioritizing investment of resources and to begin to establish the mechanisms for communicating data between resolution levels, the range of applicability of each level of resolution is being evaluated through benchmark comparisons between the developed codes and the commercial RANS-bases CFD code Star-CD, beginning with simulations of the fueled region of a single wire-wrapped sodium-cooled fast reactor fuel assembly. From a design perspective, one potentially significant advantage of higher resolution simulation of the fuel assembly is improved predictions of the exchange of coolant between individual flow channels, which is the primary mechanism for subchannel-to-subchannel heat transfer. Initial comparisons of Large Eddy Simulation predictions using the spectral element code Nek 5000 and Reynolds Averaged Navier Stokes predictions using the commercial finite volume code Star-CD suggest that the lower order RANS methods can likely be used to predict the hydrodynamic behavior within the assembly with similar accuracy to the LES simulations. In this work, predictions of turbulent diffusion in a large wire-wrapped bundle using the commercial CFD code Star-CCM+ will be compared with legacy experimental data examining coolant mixing in a 217-pin wire-wrapped bundle. In the isothermal experimental studies, a saline solution is injected into a single channel of a full-scale assembly test section using water as a surrogate fluid. The diffusion of the

  5. Ultra-fast pulsed microwave plasma breakdown: evidence of various ignition modes

    In this communication, we investigate the ignition of pulsed microwave plasmas in a narrow dielectric tube with an electrodeless configuration. The plasma is generated using a surfatron cavity. The power is modulated as a square wave with a rise-time of 30 ns at variable frequencies from 100 Hz up to 5 MHz. The ignition and plasma propagation inside the 3 mm radius quartz tube are imaged spatially and resolved with nanosecond time resolution using an iCCD camera. The plasma is found to propagate in the form of a front moving from the launcher to the end of the plasma column with the microwave power being gradually absorbed behind it. The velocity of the plasma front decreases while the plasma goes towards a steady state. The ionization front is found to be strongly non-uniform and various structures as a function of the pulse repetition frequency (i.e. power-off time) are shown in the axial and radial directions. At low frequencies, finger-like structures are found. The plasma becomes more hollow at smaller power-off times. At higher repetition frequencies (kHz regime), a critical repetition frequency is found for which the plasma light intensity sharply increases at the head of the propagation front, taking a shape resembling a plasma bullet. This critical frequency depends on the pressure and power. For even higher frequencies, the bullet shape disappears and plasma volume ignition from the launcher to the end of the plasma column is observed. These results bring a new insight into the ignition mechanisms of pulsed microwave plasmas inside dielectric tubes. A wide variety of effects are found which seem to mostly depend on the background ionization degree. Moreover, the results show that only a 3D time-dependent model can, in general, correctly describe the ignition of a pulsed microwave discharge. (fast track communication)

  6. Electron acceleration by self-focused ultraintense q-Gaussian laser pulse in an under dense plasma

    Electron acceleration by self-focused q-Gaussian laser pulse in an underdense plasma has been investigated. The saturation in nonlinear plasma dielectric function causes periodic self-focusing of the laser beam. The formulation is based on numerical solution of nonlinear Schrodinger wave equation in W.K.B approximation followed by moment theory approach. An electron initially on the laser axis and at the front of the self-focusing pulse gains energy from the pulse until it is run over by the pulse peak. By the time electron reaches the tail, if pulse begins diverging, the deceleration of the electron is slower and the electron is left with net energy gain. Numerical simulations have been carried out to envision the effect of laser as well as plasma parameters on energy gained of the electron. It has been found that the radial intensity profile of the laser pulse has significant effect on energy gained by the electron. (author)

  7. Design and construction of the clean room for proton beam accelerator assembly

    The objective of this report is to design, construction and evaluation of clean room for proton beam accelerator assembly. The design conditions o Class : 1,000(1,000 ea ft3), o Flow Rate : 200 m3/h m2, o Temperature : 22 deg C±2, o Humidity : 55%±5. The main design results are summarized as follows: o Air-handling unit : Cooling Capacity : 13,500 kcal/h, Heating Capacity : 10,300 kcal/h, Humidity Capacity : 4 kg/h, Flow Rate : 150 CMM o Air Shower : Flow Rate : 35 CMM, Size : 1500 x 1000 x 2200, Material : In-steel, Out-SUS304, Filter : PRE + HEPA, AIR Velocity : 25 m/s o Relief Damper : Size : Φ250, Casing : SS41, Blade : AL, Shaft : SUS304, Weight Ring : SS41, Grill : AL o HEPA Filter Box : Filter Box Size : 670 x 670 x 630, Filter Size : 610 x 610 x 150, Frame: Poly Wood, Media : Glass Fiber, Filter Efficiency : 0.3μm, 99.97%, Separator : AL, Flow Rate : 17 CMM, Damper Size : Φ300 Following this report will be used important data for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the clean room, for high precision apparatus assembly laboratory

  8. Critical experiment for large fast reactor at FCA XI-1 assembly

    The present report compiled the experimental results of sample worths, fission rates, Na void effects and B4C control rod reactivity effects. Preliminary analysis on some of the results was also made using 70 group constant set and the diffusion and transport theory code, and presented in this report. It was shown with the measured data that the test region of the assembly has the most softened neutron sepectrum compared with that of the previons FCA assemblies and well simulates the physics aspects of the large fast reactor core. Close agreements were obtained between the calculated and measured data for central sample worths. The calculated values of axial sample worth distributions, however, deviated to some extent from those of measured distributions. Concerning the axial fission rate distributions of 238U, 237Np, 239Pu and 235U, large discrepancies between the calculated and measured distributions were found in the axial blanket region. Transport calculations could imporve the result obtained by diffusion calculation for 238U fission rate distribution. The calculated central fission rate ratio of 238U/235U failed to predict the measured ratio, while calculated ratios of 237Np/235U and 239Pu/235U well agreed to these measured ratios. The calculated Na void effect with use of the first order perturbation method overestimated the measured effects by about 18% in the central part of the test region of the assembly. No significant discrepancy in the shape of axial distribution, however, was found between the calculated and measured Na void effects. B4C control rod worth was measured at core center region using mock-up control rod which consist of B4C pellet and SS tube. The effects of control rod worth were examined for 10B enrichment, 10B density and 10B distribution condition. (author)

  9. Beam dynamics in a linear accelerator for generations of short electron beams and femtosecond hard X-ray pulses

    We investigate a linear accelerator system capable of generating short electron beams and femtosecond hard X-ray pulses. We show a detailed for a two-stage bunch compressor to generate the short electron beams in the linear accelerator. The bunch compressor system consists of two chicanes with a short system length that can compress an electron bunch of 0.6 nC and beam energy of 162 MeV, from 3 to 0.5 ps rms. One important design issue in the bunch compressor is to make as small growths of the emittance and energy spread as possible. The normalized horizontal emittance of 3 mm mrad is increased by approximately 10% due to coherent synchrotron radiation in the designed bunch compressor. Lattice distortions due to machine errors associate with quadrupole magnets, bending magnets and beam position monitors in the linear accelerator were investigated. It is shown that the lattice distortions due to the machine errors can be easily compensated by performing both orbit correction and dispersion correction in the linear accelerator. We have performed tolerance studies due to the various jitter sources in the linear accelerator to examine their sensitivities on the beam quality. From these results, it is shown that the linear accelerator system provides sufficient tolerances to maintain stable electron beams. We also investigated the generation of femtosecond hard X-ray pulses that may be provided by the interactions at 90deg of the short electron beams in the linear accelerator with a laser system. It is shown that 3.4x106 photons within 10% bandwidth at 0.04 A wavelength in about 350 fs rms pulse may be provided using the linear accelerator system. We presented studies on beam dynamics in the linear accelerator system that may provide the short beams and intense X-ray pulses. (author)

  10. Challenges in the Manufacture of Sub-Assemblies for the Indian Fast Reactors

    Presently NFC is manufacturing the 1st core subassemblies for PFBR. NFC is responsible for manufacturing all types of core subassemblies except for fuel pellets and its encapsulation. This involved development and manufacture of high quality nuclear grade clad tubes and hexcans through cold pilgering route, variety of large number of precision components and complete blanket and other pin manufacturing operations. Indigenous design, development and fabrication of Special Purpose Machines for variety of assembly and fabrication operations were mastered. Optimization of process parameters and quality control techniques, etc., was successfully completed. NFC has manufactured 40% of requirement of all types of replacement and shielding subassemblies for PFBR 1st core. The enormous experience gained by NFC, has given the confidence to meet any future requirements of Fast Reactors, under second stage of Indian Nuclear Power programme by DAE. The paper gives the details of various aspects of different technologies developed at NFC for the manufacture of high performance components and subassemblies for Indian Fast reactor applications. (author)

  11. Accelerator-based neutron source for the neutron-capture and fast neutron therapy at hospital

    Bayanov, B. F.; Belov, V. P.; Bender, E. D.; Bokhovko, M. V.; Dimov, G. I.; Kononov, V. N.; Kononov, O. E.; Kuksanov, N. K.; Palchikov, V. E.; Pivovarov, V. A.; Salimov, R. A.; Silvestrov, G. I.; Skrinsky, A. N.; Soloviov, N. A.; Taskaev, S. Yu.

    The proton accelerator complex for neutron production in lithium target discussed, which can operate in two modes. The first provides a neutron beam kinematically collimated with good forward direction in 25° and average energy of 30 keV, directly applicable for neutron-capture therapy with high efficiency of proton beam use. The proton energy in this mode is 1.883-1.890 MeV that is near the threshold of the 7Li( p, n) 7Be reaction. In the second mode, at proton energy of 2.5 MeV, the complex-produced neutron beam with maximum energy board of 790 keV which can be used directly for fast neutron therapy and for neutron-capture therapy after moderation. The project of such a neutron source is based on the 2.5 MeV original electrostatic accelerator tandem with vacuum insulation developed at BINP which is supplied with a high-voltage rectifier. The rectifier is produced in BINP as a part of ELV-type industrial accelerator. Design features of the tandem determining its high reliability in operation with a high-current (up to 40 mA) H - ion beam are discussed. They are: the absence of ceramic accelerator columns around the beam passage region, good conditions for pumping out of charge-exchange gaseous target region, strong focusing optics and high acceleration rate minimizing the space charge effects. The possibility of stabilization of protons energy with an accuracy level of 0.1% necessary for operation in the near threshold region is considered. The design description of H - continuous ion source with a current of 40 mA is also performed. To operate with a 100 kW proton beam it is proposed to use liquid-lithium targets. A thin lithium layer on the surface of a tungsten disk cooled intensively by a liquid metal heat carrier is proposed for use in case of the vertical beam, and a flat liquid lithium jet flowing through the narrow nozzle - for the horizontal beam.

  12. The role of fast magnetic reconnection in acceleration zones of microquasars and AGNs

    Kadowaki, L H S

    2013-01-01

    Fast magnetic reconnection events can be a very powerful mechanism operating at the jet launching region of microquasars and AGNs. We have recently found that the power released by reconnection between the magnetic field lines of the coronal inner disk region and the lines anchored into the black hole is able to accelerate relativistic particles through a first-order Fermi process and produce the observed radio luminosity from both microquasars and low luminous AGNs (LLAGNs). We also found that the observed correlation between the radio luminosity and the mass of these sources, spanning 10^9 orders of magnitude in mass, is naturally explained by this process. In this work, assuming that the gamma-ray emission is probably originated in the same acceleration zones that produce the radio emission, we have applied the scenario above to investigate the origin of the high energy outcomes from an extensive number of sources including high (HLAGNs) and LLAGNs, microquasars and GRBs. We find correlation of our model w...

  13. A broadband fast multipole accelerated boundary element method for the three dimensional Helmholtz equation.

    Gumerov, Nail A; Duraiswami, Ramani

    2009-01-01

    The development of a fast multipole method (FMM) accelerated iterative solution of the boundary element method (BEM) for the Helmholtz equations in three dimensions is described. The FMM for the Helmholtz equation is significantly different for problems with low and high kD (where k is the wavenumber and D the domain size), and for large problems the method must be switched between levels of the hierarchy. The BEM requires several approximate computations (numerical quadrature, approximations of the boundary shapes using elements), and these errors must be balanced against approximations introduced by the FMM and the convergence criterion for iterative solution. These different errors must all be chosen in a way that, on the one hand, excess work is not done and, on the other, that the error achieved by the overall computation is acceptable. Details of translation operators for low and high kD, choice of representations, and BEM quadrature schemes, all consistent with these approximations, are described. A novel preconditioner using a low accuracy FMM accelerated solver as a right preconditioner is also described. Results of the developed solvers for large boundary value problems with 0.0001 less, similarkD less, similar500 are presented and shown to perform close to theoretical expectations. PMID:19173406

  14. Two-color interferometry and fast photography measurements of dual-pulsed laser ablation on graphite targets

    Sangines de Castro, R. [Laboratorio de Fotofisica, Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 70-186, Mexico Distrito Federal, 04510 (Mexico); Sobral, H. [Laboratorio de Fotofisica, Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 70-186, Mexico Distrito Federal, 04510 (Mexico)]. E-mail: martins@aleph.cinstrum.unam.mx; Sanchez-Ake, C. [Laboratorio de Fotofisica, Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 70-186, Mexico Distrito Federal, 04510 (Mexico); Villagran-Muniz, M. [Laboratorio de Fotofisica, Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Apartado Postal 70-186, Mexico Distrito Federal, 04510 (Mexico)

    2006-09-18

    Plasma generated by dual pulsed synchronized laser ablation onto two perpendicular graphite targets in vacuum was analyzed by two-color interferometry and fast photography. The delay between the firing of the lasers was varied up to 5 {mu}s. Electron and neutral densities values at 0.5 mm from the second pulse target were 1.3x10{sup 18} cm{sup -3} and 3.0x10{sup 19} cm{sup -3} respectively.

  15. A design study of a 100 MeV race-track microtron/pulse-stretcher accelerator system

    A proposed design of an accelerator system with large duty-factor is described. The system is composed of a race-track microtron and a pulse-stretcher. The maximum particle energy is 100 MeV and the beam current is estimated to be up to 10 μA within +- 100 keV. The intended use is mainly for nuclear physics experiments with high precision, where the combination of large mean current and limited pulse intensity is essential. (Auth.)

  16. Proposal for a fast, zero suppressing circuit for the digitization of analog pulses over long memory times

    This report describes the design principles of a fast (100 MHz) time and pulse height digitizer that can record up to 15 analog pulses over 10-80 μs memory times. Unlike other triggered circuits prepulse samples are recorded without the help of an analog delay line. The low power requirements of the circuit as well as its fast read-out characteristics make it very attractive for detectors with many digitizing channels. Conventional circuits are described as a reference for the evaluation of this new design. An ECL 10 K implementation of the circuit is presented in the third section. (orig.)

  17. Two-dimensional angular energy spectrum of electrons accelerated by the ultra-short relativistic laser pulse

    Borovskiy, A. V. [Department of Computer Science and Cybernetics, Baikal State University of Economics and Law, 11 Lenin Street, Irkutsk 664003 (Russian Federation); Galkin, A. L. [Coherent and Nonlinear Optics Department, A.M. Prokhorov General Physics Institute of the RAS, 38 Vavilov Street, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Department of Physics of MBF, Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University, 1 Ostrovitianov Street, Moscow 117997 (Russian Federation); Kalashnikov, M. P., E-mail: galkin@kapella.gpi.ru [Max-Born-Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short-Time Spectroscopy, 2a Max-Born-Strasse, Berlin 12489 (Germany)

    2015-04-15

    The new method of calculating energy spectra of accelerated electrons, based on the parameterization by their initial coordinates, is proposed. The energy spectra of electrons accelerated by Gaussian ultra-short relativistic laser pulse at a selected angle to the axis of the optical system focusing the laser pulse in a low density gas are theoretically calculated. The two-peak structure of the electron energy spectrum is obtained. Discussed are the reasons for its appearance as well as an applicability of other models of the laser field.

  18. Enabling pulse compression and proton acceleration in a modular ICF driver for nuclear and particle physics applications

    Terranova, F; Collier, J L; Kiriyama, H; Pegoraro, F

    2005-01-01

    The existence of efficient ion acceleration regimes in collective laser-plasma interactions opens up the possibility to develop high-energy physics facilities in conjunction with projects for inertial confinement nuclear fusion (ICF) and neutron spallation sources. In this paper, we show that the pulse compression requests to make operative these acceleration mechanisms do not fall in contradiction with current designs for an ICF driver. In particular, we discuss explicitly a solution that exploits optical parametric chirped pulse amplification and the intrinsic modularity of ICF power plants.

  19. Optimized Fast-FISH with a-satellite probes: acceleration by microwave activation

    Durm M.

    1997-01-01

    Full Text Available It has been shown for several DNA probes that the recently introduced Fast-FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization technique is well suited for quantitative microscopy. For highly repetitive DNA probes the hybridization (renaturation time and the number of subsequent washing steps were reduced considerably by omitting denaturing chemical agents (e.g., formamide. The appropriate hybridization temperature and time allow a clear discrimination between major and minor binding sites by quantitative fluorescence microscopy. The well-defined physical conditions for hybridization permit automatization of the procedure, e.g., by a programmable thermal cycler. Here, we present optimized conditions for a commercially available X-specific a-satellite probe. Highly fluorescent major binding sites were obtained for 74oC hybridization temperature and 60 min hybridization time. They were clearly discriminated from some low fluorescent minor binding sites on metaphase chromosomes as well as in interphase cell nuclei. On average, a total of 3.43 ± 1.59 binding sites were measured in metaphase spreads, and 2.69 ± 1.00 in interphase nuclei. Microwave activation for denaturation and hybridization was tested to accelerate the procedure. The slides with the target material and the hybridization buffer were placed in a standard microwave oven. After denaturation for 20 s at 900 W, hybridization was performed for 4 min at 90 W. The suitability of a microwave oven for Fast-FISH was confirmed by the application to a chromosome 1-specific a-satellite probe. In this case, denaturation was performed at 630 W for 60 s and hybridization at 90 W for 5 min. In all cases, the results were analyzed quantitatively and compared to the results obtained by Fast-FISH. The major binding sites were clearly discriminated by their brightness

  20. Self-confinement of a fast pulsed electron beam generated in a double discharge

    The construction of a double discharge pulsed electron beam generator and the study of the characteristics of the beam are presented in this paper. The electron beam generator consists of a fast filamentary discharge in superposition with an ordinary glow discharge in low-pressure gases. The filling gas is argon or helium at approximately 0.1 Torr pressure. The duration of the electron beam is shorter than 50 ns and the peak current intensity is of the order of amperes. The electron density is evaluated by making use of Stark broadening of the Hβ line and compared with the full computer simulation method. The pinch effect of the filamentary discharge is evaluated and its size compared with the diameter of the beam

  1. Fast repair of oxidizing OH adducts of DNA by hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives. A pulse radiolytic study

    Using pulse radiolytic techniques, it has been demonstrated that the interactions of oxidizing OH adducts of DNA (ssDNA and dsDNA), polyA and polyG with hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives proceed via an electron transfer process (k=5-30x108 dm3 mol-1 s-1). In addition, the rates for fast repair of OH adducts of dAMP, polyA and DNA (ssDNA and dsDNA) are slower than the corresponding rates for the rest OH adducts of DNA constituents. The slower rates for repair of oxidizing OH adducts of dAMP may be the rate determining step during the interaction of hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives with OH adducts of DNA containing the varieties of OH adducts of DNA constituents

  2. Self-confinement of a fast pulsed electron beam generated in a double discharge

    Goktas, H [Ankara Nuclear Research and Training Center, 06501, Besevler, Ankara (Turkey); Udrea, M [National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics, 76900 Bucharest (Romania); Oke, Gulay [Physics Department, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara (Turkey); Alacakir, A [Ankara Nuclear Research and Training Center, 06501, Besevler, Ankara (Turkey); Demir, A [Physics Department, University of Kocaeli, 41200 Kocaeli (Turkey); Loureiro, J [Centro de Fisica dos Plasmas, Instituto Superior Tecnico, 1049-001 Lisbon (Portugal)

    2005-08-21

    The construction of a double discharge pulsed electron beam generator and the study of the characteristics of the beam are presented in this paper. The electron beam generator consists of a fast filamentary discharge in superposition with an ordinary glow discharge in low-pressure gases. The filling gas is argon or helium at approximately 0.1 Torr pressure. The duration of the electron beam is shorter than 50 ns and the peak current intensity is of the order of amperes. The electron density is evaluated by making use of Stark broadening of the H{sub {beta}} line and compared with the full computer simulation method. The pinch effect of the filamentary discharge is evaluated and its size compared with the diameter of the beam.

  3. Enabling pulse compression and proton acceleration in a modular ICF driver for nuclear and particle physics applications

    Terranova, F.; Bulanov, S. V.; Collier, J L; Kiriyama, H.; Pegoraro, F.

    2005-01-01

    The existence of efficient ion acceleration regimes in collective laser-plasma interactions opens up the possibility to develop high-energy physics facilities in conjunction with projects for inertial confinement nuclear fusion (ICF) and neutron spallation sources. In this paper, we show that the pulse compression requests to make operative these acceleration mechanisms do not fall in contradiction with current technologies for high repetition rate ICF drivers. In particular, we discuss expli...

  4. Measurement and Processing of Fast Pulsed Discharge Current in Plasma Focus Machines

    The fast pulsed electric discharge current drives all physical processes in the plasma focus device; in turn all physical processes in the focus affect the current waveform. Thus the discharge current waveform is the most important indicator of plasma focus performance. This underlies the importance of properly measuring, processing and interpreting the discharge current waveform. This paper reports the measurement of fast pulsed discharge current by the Rogowski coil, in two different modes: the current transformer, Imode, and current derivative, Idotmode. The processing and interpretation of recorded current waveform to obtain useful information about the physical processes in the plasma focus device are discussed. The current transformer with a large number of turns and a sub-1 Ohm terminator has good high frequency response, necessary for the sharp current dip region when dI/dt exceeds 2x1011 A/s. However the signal is noisy'' in the current dip region. Several methods to extract the current dip from the noise are discussed and examples of how low pass filters affect the signals are shown. The dI/dt coil, the Rogowski coil in Idot'' mode, with a few turns terminated by 50-Ohm is also described. Integrating the 1 GSa/s digital waveform does remove the high frequency noise components, yet the extracted waveform shows sharp angular features indicative of the retention of short-time features. This makes the dI/dt coil superior to the current transformer. A 7-turn coil is tested against the Lee Model code and found to be suitable to measure the plasma focus discharge current. (author)

  5. Numerical simulation of fuel assembly thermohydraulics of fast reactors with the partial blockage of cross section under the coolant

    The problems of numerical modeling of thermohydraulics in assembly of fuel elements of fast reactors with the partial blockage of cross-section under the coolant are considered. The information about existing codes constructed on use of subchannel technique and model of porous body are presented. The results of calculation obtained by these codes are presented. (author)

  6. Mesh generation for fast reactor fuel assembly in velocity and temperature field calculations using finite element method

    A set of computer codes for triangular six-node finite element mesh generation in fast reactor fuel assemblies (or their parts) is described as are directions for input data preparation and operator's actions. The generated meshes are utilized for velocity and temperature calculations. (author)

  7. Accelerating the design and testing of LEU fuel assemblies for conversion of Russian-designed research reactors outside Russia

    This paper identifies proposed geometries and loading specifications of LEU tube-type and pin-type test assemblies that would be suitable for accelerating the conversion of Russian-designed research reactors outside of Russia if these fuels are manufactured, qualified by irradiation testing, and made commercially available in Russia. (author)

  8. Analysis of the previous and preparation of new experiments on fast multiplying assemblies for obtaining benchmark data on criticality

    The JIPNR-Sosny of the NAS of Belarus created and explored a number of uranium-containing critical assemblies of the BTS series in designing fast BRIG-300 reactor with N2O4 ↔ 2NO2 ↔ 2NO + O2 coolant and the PVER fast-resonance neutron spectrum reactor with a steam-water coolant. Research in the physics of these reactors was performed on fast-thermal critical assemblies at the critical facility Roza. Structurally, these critical assemblies consisted of fast and thermal reactor cores and the buffer zones located between them, intended for leakage spectrum neutron conversion from a thermal zone to a spectrum of neutrons of the modelled fast reactor. Fast zones are a non-uniform hexagonal lattice of cylindrical fuel rods with fuel composition based on metal U (90% U-235), UO2 (36% U-235), depleted U (0.4% U-235), rods with SiO2; a buffer zone is a non-uniform hexagonal lattice of cylindrical fuel rods based on UO2 (36% U-235), natural U and depleted U (0.4% U-235), rods with B4C and made from stainless steel; a thermal zone is a uniform rectangular uranium-polyethylene lattice of cylindrical fuel rods based on the fuel composition UO2+Mg (10% U-235). For obtaining benchmark data on the criticality, computational models have been developed and the analysis of experiments has been carried out to estimate the experimental results as criticality benchmark data. The JIPNR-Sosny of the NAS of Belarus also prepared experiments on the criticality of multiplying systems simulating some physical features of the core of fast low power small-size gas-cooled reactors with UZrCN nuclear fuel. For these purposes, the critical assemblies P-20 were developed at the critical facility “Giacint”. These assemblies represent a uniform hexagonal lattice of fuel cassette: the central area is based on cylindrical fuel rods with UZrCN (19.75% U-235), the peripheral area is based on the cylindrical fuel rods with metallic U (90% U-235), UO2 (36% U-235) and natural U; and the reflector on

  9. Novel pulsed switched power supply for a fast field cycling NMR spectrometer.

    Sousa, D M; Fernandes, P A L; Marques, G D; Ribeiro, A C; Sebastião, P J

    2004-01-01

    In this paper, we outline the operating principles of a pulsed switched power supply for a fast field-cycling nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer. The power supply uses a variant of a four-quadrant chopper with a duty cycle that defines the average output current. With this topology only two semiconductors are necessary to drive hundreds of amperes with an output power of several kilowatts. The output current ripple has a well-defined shape that can be reduced to acceptable values by a careful design of the semiconductors' controlling circuits and drivers. A power supply prototype was tested with a home build air-core magnet operating with fields between 0 and 0.21 T. The system is computer controlled using pulse generator and data acquisition PC cards, and specific user-friendly home-developed software. A comparative proton relaxometry study in two well-known liquid crystal compounds 5CB and MBBA was performed to check the reproducibility of the T1 measurements. PMID:14698404

  10. On the origin of the scatter broadening of fast radio burst pulses and astrophysical implications

    Xu, Siyao

    2016-01-01

    Fast radio bursts (FRBs) have been identified as extragalactic sources which can make a probe of turbulence in the intergalactic medium (IGM) and their host galaxies. To account for the observed millisecond pulses caused by scatter broadening, we examine a variety of possible models of electron density fluctuations in both the IGM and the host galaxy medium. We find that a shallow power-law spectrum of density, which may arise in highly supersonic turbulence with pronounced local dense structures of shock-compressed gas in the host interstellar medium (ISM), can produce the required density enhancements at sufficiently small scales to interpret the scattering timescale of FRBs. It implies that an FRB residing in a galaxy with efficient star formation in action tends to have a broadened pulse. The scaling of the scattering time with dispersion measure (DM) in the host galaxy varies in different turbulence and scattering regimes. The host galaxy can be the major origin of scatter broadening, but contribute to a...

  11. Fast Prototyping of Sensorized Cell Culture Chips and Microfluidic Systems with Ultrashort Laser Pulses

    Sebastian M. Bonk

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available We developed a confined microfluidic cell culture system with a bottom plate made of a microscopic slide with planar platinum sensors for the measurement of acidification, oxygen consumption, and cell adhesion. The slides were commercial slides with indium tin oxide (ITO plating or were prepared from platinum sputtering (100 nm onto a 10-nm titanium adhesion layer. Direct processing of the sensor structures (approximately three minutes per chip by an ultrashort pulse laser facilitated the production of the prototypes. pH-sensitive areas were produced by the sputtering of 60-nm Si3N4 through a simple mask made from a circuit board material. The system body and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS molding forms for the microfluidic structures were manufactured by micromilling using a printed circuit board (PCB milling machine for circuit boards. The microfluidic structure was finally imprinted in PDMS. Our approach avoided the use of photolithographic techniques and enabled fast and cost-efficient prototyping of the systems. Alternatively, the direct production of metallic, ceramic or polymeric molding tools was tested. The use of ultrashort pulse lasers improved the precision of the structures and avoided any contact of the final structures with toxic chemicals and possible adverse effects for the cell culture in lab-on-a-chip systems.

  12. Acceleration of groundwater remediation by deep sweeps and vortex ejections induced by rapidly pulsed pumping

    Kahler, David M.; Kabala, Zbigniew J.

    2016-05-01

    One key limiting factor to groundwater remediation is contaminant sequestered in pores whose contents do not mix well with the bulk flow. Mixing between well-connected (pores whose volume is flushed as water flows through the aquifer) and poorly connected pores (pores whose volume does not exchange readily when water flows through the aquifer) is of primary concern. Under steady flow, contaminants are effectively trapped in the poorly connected pores and are transferred only by molecular diffusion. This slow mixing process between pore types is a bottleneck to remediation. We present a novel rapidly pulsed pumping method that increases the mixing between these pore types. We do it in the context of pump-and-treat remediation because it is the most common remediation practice. In rapidly pulsed pumping, the increase in flow causes a deep sweep, which pushes the flow into poorly connected pores and sweeps out sequestered contaminants. The decrease in flow causes a vortex ejection, which causes the vortex within the poorly connected pore to emerge with contaminant. These actions are modeled with computational fluid mechanics to elucidate the individual mechanisms and determine how they function and interact. Cleanup of single and multiple poorly connected pore systems were simulated and show the acceleration possible. This technique can decrease the time and cost needed to remediate contaminated aquifers, which in the United States has been estimated to exceed $1 trillion. Since our rapidly pulsed pumping method enhances mixing between well-connected and poorly connected pores, it can be applied to other remediation schemes such as in situ methods.

  13. Fast radio bursts as giant pulses from young rapidly rotating pulsars

    Lyutikov, Maxim; Popov, Sergei B

    2016-01-01

    We discuss possible association of fast radio bursts (FRBs) with supergiant pulses emitted by young pulsars (ages $\\sim$ tens to hundreds of years) born with regular magnetic field but very short -- few milliseconds -- spin periods. FRBs are extra-Galactic events coming from distances $d \\lesssim 100$ Mpc. Most of the dispersion measure (DM) comes from the material in the freshly ejected SNR shell; for a given burst the DM should decrease with time. FRBs are not expected to be seen below $\\sim 300 $ MHz due to free-free absorption in the expanding ejecta. A supernova might have been detected years before the burst; FRBs are mostly associated with star forming galaxies. The model requires that some pulsars are born with very fast spins, of the order of few milliseconds. The observed distribution of spin-down powers $\\dot{E}$ in young energetic pulsars is consistent with equal birth rate per decade of $\\dot{E}$. Accepting this injection spectrum and scaling the intrinsic brightness of FRBs with $\\dot{E}$, we pr...

  14. Design of a beam shaping assembly and preliminary modelling of a treatment room for accelerator-based BNCT at CNEA

    This work reports on the characterisation of a neutron beam shaping assembly (BSA) prototype and on the preliminary modelling of a treatment room for BNCT within the framework of a research programme for the development and construction of an accelerator-based BNCT irradiation facility in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The BSA prototype constructed has been characterised by means of MCNP simulations as well as a set of experimental measurements performed at the Tandar accelerator at the National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina. - Highlights: ► Characterisation of a neutron beam shaping assembly for accelerator-based BNCT. ► Measurements: total and epi-cadmium neutron fluxes and beam homogeneity. ► Calculations: Monte Carlo simulations with the MCNP code. ► Measured and calculated figure-of-merit parameters in agreement with those of IAEA. ► Initial MCNP dose calculations for a treatment room to define future design actions.

  15. Arapan-S: a fast and highly accurate whole-genome assembly software for viruses and small genomes

    Sahli Mohammed

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Genome assembly is considered to be a challenging problem in computational biology, and has been studied extensively by many researchers. It is extremely difficult to build a general assembler that is able to reconstruct the original sequence instead of many contigs. However, we believe that creating specific assemblers, for solving specific cases, will be much more fruitful than creating general assemblers. Findings In this paper, we present Arapan-S, a whole-genome assembly program dedicated to handling small genomes. It provides only one contig (along with the reverse complement of this contig in many cases. Although genomes consist of a number of segments, the implemented algorithm can detect all the segments, as we demonstrate for Influenza Virus A. The Arapan-S program is based on the de Bruijn graph. We have implemented a very sophisticated and fast method to reconstruct the original sequence and neglect erroneous k-mers. The method explores the graph by using neither the shortest nor the longest path, but rather a specific and reliable path based on the coverage level or k-mers’ lengths. Arapan-S uses short reads, and it was tested on raw data downloaded from the NCBI Trace Archive. Conclusions Our findings show that the accuracy of the assembly was very high; the result was checked against the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI database using the NCBI BLAST Sequence Similarity Search. The identity and the genome coverage was more than 99%. We also compared the efficiency of Arapan-S with other well-known assemblers. In dealing with small genomes, the accuracy of Arapan-S is significantly higher than the accuracy of other assemblers. The assembly process is very fast and requires only a few seconds. Arapan-S is available for free to the public. The binary files for Arapan-S are available through http://sourceforge.net/projects/dnascissor/files/.

  16. Accelerating Protons to Therapeutic Energies with Ultra-Intense Ultra-Clean and Ultra-Short Laser Pulses

    Bulanov, Stepan S.; Brantov, Andrei; Bychenkov, Valery Yu.; Chvykov, Vladimir; Kalinchenko, Galina; Matsuoka, Takeshi; Rousseau, Pascal; Reed, Stephen; Yanovsky, Victor; Krushelnick, Karl; Litzenberg, Dale William; Maksimchuk, Anatoly

    2008-01-01

    Proton acceleration by high-intensity laser pulses from ultra-thin foils for hadron therapy is discussed. With the improvement of the laser intensity contrast ratio to 10-11 achieved on Hercules laser at the University of Michigan, it became possible to attain laser-solid interactions at intensities up to 1022 W/cm2 that allows an efficient regime of laser-driven ion acceleration from submicron foils. Particle-In-Cell (PIC) computer simulations of proton acceleration in the Directed Coulomb e...

  17. Scaling magnetized liner inertial fusion on Z and future pulsed-power accelerators

    Slutz, S. A.; Stygar, W. A.; Gomez, M. R.; Peterson, K. J.; Sefkow, A. B.; Sinars, D. B.; Vesey, R. A. [Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185 (United States); Campbell, E. M.; Betti, R. [Laboratory for Laser Energetics, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York 146 (United States)

    2016-02-15

    The MagLIF (Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion) concept [S. A. Slutz et al., Phys. Plasmas 17, 056303 (2010)] has demonstrated fusion–relevant plasma conditions [M. R. Gomez et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 155003 (2014)] on the Z accelerator with a peak drive current of about 18 MA. We present 2D numerical simulations of the scaling of MagLIF on Z as a function of drive current, preheat energy, and applied magnetic field. The results indicate that deuterium-tritium (DT) fusion yields greater than 100 kJ could be possible on Z when all of these parameters are at the optimum values: i.e., peak current = 25 MA, deposited preheat energy = 5 kJ, and B{sub z} = 30 T. Much higher yields have been predicted [S. A. Slutz and R. A. Vesey, Phys. Rev. Lett. 108, 025003 (2012)] for MagLIF driven with larger peak currents. Two high performance pulsed-power accelerators (Z300 and Z800) based on linear-transformer-driver technology have been designed [W. A. Stygar et al., Phys. Rev. ST Accel. Beams 18, 110401 (2015)]. The Z300 design would provide 48 MA to a MagLIF load, while Z800 would provide 65 MA. Parameterized Thevenin-equivalent circuits were used to drive a series of 1D and 2D numerical MagLIF simulations with currents ranging from what Z can deliver now to what could be achieved by these conceptual future pulsed-power accelerators. 2D simulations of simple MagLIF targets containing just gaseous DT have yields of 18 MJ for Z300 and 440 MJ for Z800. The 2D simulated yield for Z800 is increased to 7 GJ by adding a layer of frozen DT ice to the inside of the liner.

  18. Containment Design and Study for the Fast Critical Assembly of JAERI

    The Fast Critical Assembly of the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (FCA) at the Tokai site is used to obtain the reactor physics data as the first step of the fast breeder reactor development schedule in Japan. The containment of FCA must meet the Japanese site criteria for the hypothetical accident, which is assumed as the gross-meltdown and resulting critical power excursion. A nuclear energy of 1020 fissions and a chemical energy of 3 x 107 ca l resulting from the rapid metal-air reaction are estimated to be released at the hypothetical accident. The FCA containment consists of the primary containment to absorb the explosive energy equivalent to a TNT 100-kg explosion, and the secondary containment which withstands the internal static pressure of 1.6 kg/cm2 and is gas-tight, less than 2%/24 h at the design pressure. It is also equipped with the argon ejection system to extinguish the metal fire within the containment area at the accident. The primary containment is a reinforced concrete structure (14 m x 14 m x 13.5 m high and 1.1m thick), of which the strain energy is designed to be more than the impulsive energy caused by a TNT 100-kg explosion. Tests were performed with scaled models to obtain the data on the dynamic pressure and impulse distribution and the response of structures due to the TNT explosion. A reinforced concrete cylinder with a hemispherical cap (24 m diam., 21.4 m high and 40 cm thick, lined with 6-mm-thick steel plate) was selected as the secondary containment, as it was considered to be more advantageous than a steel vessel in economy, shielding, and also anti-missile protection. This paper describes the design philosophy of the FCA containment necessary to meet the given criteria and also the data of the model for anti-blast design. (author)

  19. Experience and results of material science research conducted on spent fuel assemblies from the BN-350 fast reactor

    Full text of publication follows: The BN-350 fast reactor was commissioned in 1973, ran successfully for many years and is now in the decommission stage. Its unique operational parameters (low temperature of sodium at the input, wide range of damage rates, etc. ) allowed the investigation of a number of new radiation effects on both austenitic and ferritic-martensitic steels. The latter class of steel was extensively employed as wrappers for fuel assemblies. Much of the accumulated experience in BN-350 is relevant to development of fusion devices. Results are presented on post-operational research of steels 12Cr18Ni10Ti, 08Cr16Ni11Mo3, and 12Cr13Mo2BFR, all serving as hexagonal shrouds of fuel assemblies. Structural materials in the active core zone operated at temperatures of 280-430 deg. C, and were irradiated the range of 0.25-83 dpa with damage rates of 10-9 - 10-6 dpa/s). Investigations of irradiated hexagonal shroud materials were performed with using traditional techniques of transmission and scanning electron microscopy, metallography, mechanical tests, hydrostatic weighing, magnetometry, etc. Additionally, new techniques have been developed and employed with great success on these highly irradiated materials, such as optical computer extensometry, and magnetization cartography. Typical results to be covered in this presentation are: a) In 12Cr18Ni10Ti steel irradiated at a low dose rate of 0.12 x 10-8 dpa/s voids were found at 281 deg. C after only 0.65 dpa, demonstrating once again the acceleration of swelling at low dpa rates observed in other steels. b) Data on helium release during annealing of highly irradiated sample are presented. c) Differences in deformation-induced hardening between the shroud's corners and faces leads to post-irradiation differences in swelling and mechanical properties. d) During room temperature mechanical tests of 12Cr18Ni10Ti steel at ∼56 dpa at 350 deg. C it was found that ductility lost at lower doses recovers, yielding

  20. CHARACTERISTICS OF A FAST RISE TIME POWER SUPPLY FOR A PULSED PLASMA REACTOR FOR CHEMICAL VAPOR DESTRUCTION

    Rotating spark gap devices for switching high-voltage direct current (dc) into a corona plasma reactor can achieve pulse rise times in the range of tens of nanoseconds. The fast rise times lead to vigorous plasma generation without sparking at instantaneous applied voltages highe...

  1. Response of neutron dosimeters to pulsed neutron fields in high energy electron accelerators at Indus Complex, RRCAT

    Indus Accelerator Complex (IAC) comprises of two high energy electron accelerators namely Indus-1 SRS (450 MeV) and Indus-2 SRS (2.5 GeV). The radiation environment present is mainly due to Bremsstrahlung Photons and Photo- neutrons produced due to interaction of high-energy electrons with the structural material of accelerators. Since electron beam is pulsed in nature, the radiations produced are also pulsed. The response of commonly used Rem meters is not proper in severely pulsed neutron fields at high dose rates. They tend to underestimate the actual dose. Due to this uncertainty, an attempt was made to study the response of passive integrating type detectors in the pulsed neutron fields found in high energy electron accelerators to get an idea about the ambient neutron field in IAC. The detectors used were CR-39 foils (provided by PMS, RPAD and RSSD, BARC), Bubble Detectors (provided by Defence Laboratory, Jodhpur) and Rem Meter. Neutron dose assessment in both, accessible and inaccessible areas of IAC was carried out using these detectors and the present paper gives the results of preliminary experiments performed. (author)

  2. Accelerating Protons to Therapeutic Energies with Ultra-Intense Ultra-Clean and Ultra-Short Laser Pulses

    Bulanov, Stepan S; Bychenkov, Valery Yu; Chvykov, Vladimir; Kalinchenko, Galina; Matsuoka, Takeshi; Rousseau, Pascal; Reed, Stephen; Yanovsky, Victor; Krushelnick, Karl; Litzenberg, Dale William; Maksimchuk, Anatoly

    2008-01-01

    Proton acceleration by high-intensity laser pulses from ultra-thin foils for hadron therapy is discussed. With the improvement of the laser intensity contrast ratio to 10-11 achieved on Hercules laser at the University of Michigan, it became possible to attain laser-solid interactions at intensities up to 1022 W/cm2 that allows an efficient regime of laser-driven ion acceleration from submicron foils. Particle-In-Cell (PIC) computer simulations of proton acceleration in the Directed Coulomb explosion regime from ultra-thin double-layer (heavy ions / light ions) foils of different thicknesses were performed under the anticipated experimental conditions for Hercules laser with pulse energies from 3 to 15 J, pulse duration of 30 fs at full width half maximum (FWHM), focused to a spot size of 0.8 microns (FWHM). In this regime heavy ions expand predominantly in the direction of laser pulse propagation enhancing the longitudinal charge separation electric field that accelerates light ions. The dependence of the ma...

  3. Experimental investigations of heat transfer during sodium boiling in fuel assembly model in justification of advanced fast reactor safety

    The experimental facility is built up and investigation of heat exchange during sodium boiling in simulated fast reactor core assembly in conditions of natural and forced circulation with sodium plenum and upper end shield model are conducted. It is shown that in the presence of sodium plenum there is possibility to provide long-term cooling of fuel assembly when heat flux density on the surface of fuel element simulator up to 140 and 170 kW/m2 in conditions of natural and forced circulation, respectively. The obtained data is used for improving calculational model of sodium boiling process in fuel assembly and calculational code COREMELT verification. It is pointed out that heat transfer coefficients in the case of liquid metal boiling in fuel assemblies are slightly over the ones in the case of liquid metals boiling in pipes and pool boiling

  4. Experimental set-up for reverse recovery time measurement of ultra fast diode of 3 MeV, 30 kW DC electron beam accelerator

    A 3 MeV, 30 kW DC industrial electron beam Accelerator is being developed at EBC, Kharghar, Navi Mumbai. The 3 MV DC accelerating potential is generated using 74 stages parallel coupled voltage multiplier operating under SF6 gas insulation at 6kg/cm2. The voltage multiplier is powered by 150 kV-0-150 kV RF Transformer at 100 kHz through RF electrodes surrounding the multiplier column. Each stage of the multiplier contains 38 numbers of Ultra Fast diodes having 50 ns reverse recovery time (trr), 8 kV PIV and 350 mA forward current. Experimental setup and power supply for the trr measurement of multiplier diodes have been developed. All the diodes have been tested and each stack was assembled using identical diodes. The accelerator has been successfully tested at 1 MeV, 10 kW beam power. Experimental set up and test results are briefly described in this paper. (author)

  5. Ion Acceleration via "Nonlinear Vacuum Heating" by the Laser Pulse Obliquely Incident on a Thin Foil Target

    Yogo, A; Mori, M; Ogura, K; Esirkepov, T Zh; Pirozhkov, A S; Kanasaki, M; Sakaki, H; Fukuda, Y; Bolton, P R; Nishimura, H; Kondo, K

    2015-01-01

    Dependence of the energy of ions accelerated during interaction of the laser pulse obliquelly incident on the thin foil target on the laser polarization is studied experimentally and theoretically. We found that the ion energy being maximal for the p-polarization gradually decreases when the pulse becomes s-polarized. The experimentally found dependences of the ion energy are explained by invoking the anomalous electron heating which results in high electrostatic potential formation at the target surface. Anomalous heating of electrons beyond the energy of quiver motion in the laser field is described within the framework of theoretical model of driven oscillator with a step-like nonlinearity. We have demonstrated that the electron anomalous heating can be realized in two regimes: nonlinear resonance and stochastic heating, depending on the extent of stochasticity. We have found the accelerated ion energy scaling determined by the laser intensity, pulse duration, polarization angle and incident angle.

  6. Device for locating burst claddings in the fuel assemblies of a fast nuclear reactor

    The device includes at least one localization module comprising a sampling selector, a pump and a neutron detector. The selector has a cylindrical casing provided with holes to which are connected sampling tubes each one linked to a core assembly and a sampling pipe which moves in rubbing contact with the internal surface of the casing. The pipe is composed of a tube fitted with a sampling head at its lower end, mounted inside and along the vertical axis of a tubular drive component. This component is held through its threaded external surface with a nut. This component can be driven rotationally by a gear wheel and by a drive located offset in relation to the axis of the selector and module. The sampling pipe is integral with the component but can be slightly pivoted about a horizontal axis inside the component. A counter weight mounted on the component applies the sampling head to the surface of the casing with a constant pressure. The invention applies in particular to liquid sodium cooled fast nuclear reactors

  7. Three dimensional conjugated heat transfer analysis in sodium fast reactor wire-wrapped fuel assembly

    Fast reactors with liquid metal coolant have recently received a renewed interest owing to a more efficient usage of the primary uranium resources, and they are one of the proposal for the next Generation IV. In order to evaluate nuclear power plant design and safety, 3D analysis of the flow and heat transfer in a wire spacer fuel assembly are ongoing at EDF. The introduction of the wire wrapped spacers, helically wound along the pin axis, enhances the mixing of the coolant between sub-channels and prevents contact between the fuel pins. The mesh generation step constitutes a challenging task if a reasonable amount of cells in conjunction with a suitable spatial discretization is wanted. Several approaches have been investigated and will be presented. Quite complex global flow patterns are found using either k-ε or preferably Reynolds Stress turbulent models. Preliminary conjugated heat transfer calculations using a coupling between the finite element thermal code SYRTHES and the finite volume CFD code Code Saturne are also shown. (author)

  8. Experimental Studies on Assemblies 1 and 2 of the Fast Reactor FR-0. Part 1

    FR0 is a fast zero power reactor built for experiments in reactor physics. It is a split table machine containing vertical fuel elements. 120 kg of U235 are available as fuel, which is fabricated into metallic plates of 20 % enrichment. The control system comprises 5 spring-loaded safety elements and 3 + 1 elements for startup operations and power control. The reactor went critical in February 1964. The first assemblies studied were made up of undiluted fuel into a cylindrical and a spherical core, respectively, surrounded by a reflector made of copper. The present report describes some experiments made on these systems. Primarily, critical mass determinations, flux distribution measurements and studies of the conversion ratio are dealt with. The measured quantities have been compared with theoretical predictions using various transport theory programmes (DSN, TDC) and cross section sets. The experimental results show that the neutron spectrum in the copper reflector is softer than predicted, but apart from this discrepancy agreement with theory has generally been obtained

  9. Fast critical assembly safeguards: NDA methods for highly enriched uranium. Summary report, October 1978-September 1979

    Nondestructive assay (NDA) methods, principally passive gamma measurements and active neutron interrogation, have been studied for their safeguards effectiveness and programmatic impact as tools for making inventories of highly enriched uranium fast critical assembly fuel plates. It was concluded that no NDA method is the sole answer to the safeguards problem, that each of those emphasized here has its place in an integrated safeguards system, and that each has minimum facility impact. It was found that the 185-keV area, as determined with a NaI detector, was independent of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) plate irradiation history, though the random neutron driver methods used here did not permit accurate assay of irradiated plates. Containment procedures most effective for accurate assaying were considered, and a particular geometry is recommended for active interrogation by a random driver. A model, pertinent to that geometry, which relates the effects of multiplication and self-absorption, is described. Probabilities of failing to detect that plates are missing are examined

  10. RF impedance measurements on the DARHT-II accelerator intercell assembly

    Fawley, William M.; Eylon, Shmuel; Briggs, Richard

    2003-05-05

    We report upon recent experimental measurements made of RF properties of the intercell assembly of the second axis accelerator[1] of Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) facility at LANL. The intercells provide both pumping and diagnostic access to the main DARHT-II beamline. Their design includes a pumping plenum separated from the main beam pipe by return current rods together with RF shielding provided by a copper-coated stainless steel mesh. Measurements using the twin lead technique (see Ref. [2]) at low frequencies (f < 200 MHz) suggest a constant value for the ratio h of the radial and azimuthal magnetic field components to which the transverse impedance is linearly related. We find that these results compare favorably to predictions from a simple analytic, lumped circuit model which includes the effects of the mesh and return current rods. We also present RF loop-to-loop frequency scans above beam pipe cutoff ({approx}600 MHz) showing the existence of many RF modes with relatively high Q's.

  11. Degradation on a PTFE/Nafion membrane electrode assembly with accelerating degradation technique

    Jao, Ting-Chu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yuan Ze University, No. 135, Yuandong Rd., Zhongli City, Taoyuan County 320 (China); Ke, Shih-Tsung [Fuel Cell Center, Yuan Ze University, No. 135, Yuandong Rd., Zhongli City, Taoyuan County 320 (China); Chi, Pei-Hung [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Lee-Ming Institute of Technology, No. 2-2, Lee Zhuan Road, Taishan Township, Taipei Country 243 (China); Jung, Guo-Bin; Chan, Shih-Hung [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Yuan Ze University, No. 135, Yuandong Rd., Zhongli City, Taoyuan County 320 (China); Fuel Cell Center, Yuan Ze University, No. 135, Yuandong Rd., Zhongli City, Taoyuan County 320 (China)

    2010-07-15

    Cost and durability are the main issues of Proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) commercializing. This study uses the accelerate degradation technique to analyze the durability of low cost PTFE/Nafion membrane electrode assembly (MEA). Before the MEA degradation experiment, the MEA must be activated at 65 C until the performance is stable. Then increase the operation temperature to 80 C. The experimental process for MEA degradation contains three steps in one cycle. The first step is to open circuit voltage (OCV) for 30 s under R.H. 100%. Then, set 0.6V for 150 s under R.H. 100%. The final step is to set 0.6V for 120 s under R.H. 0%. These three steps take around 5 min to complete. This MEA degradation experiment process includes the OCV, potential cycles, and R.H. cycles. This study uses the polarization curve, AC impedance, cyclic voltammetry (CV), linear sweep voltammetry (LSV), equations and equivalent circuit to analyze state of the MEA. At less than 160 experiment cycles, the result show that catalyst degradation is the main reason for the decay of MEA. After 280 cycles, the MEA begins to exhibit creep deformation due to the R.H. cycle. Electrochemical surface area and high frequency resistance can be used to estimate the degree of MEA degradation approximately. (author)

  12. Relativistic acceleration and retardation effects on photoemission of intense electron short pulses, in RF-FEL photoinjectors

    In high-power free electron lasers, self-field effects in the electron beam are often the most important phenomenon on which the beam quality depends. These effects are generally conceived as space-charge effects, and described by a Poisson equation in a beam frame. In RF-FEL photoinjectors, the electrons of the intense short pulse produced by laser irradiation are submitted, just after their photoemission, to such a strong acceleration that relativistic acceleration and retardation effects are discussed, from the rigorous calculation of the Lienard-Wiechert velocity- and acceleration electric and magnetic fields, as a function of RF-electric field and beam parameters. The beam pulse is assumed to be axisymmetric, with a constant photoemitted current density. Consequences for the maximum current density that can be extracted are considered (the 'self-field limit,' a name more appropriate than 'space-charge limit' for the present conditions where electro-dynamic phenomena play an important role)

  13. New developments in pulsed fast-neutron transmission spectroscopy and imaging

    Fast-Neutron Transmission Spectroscopy (PFNTS) is a radiographic imaging method that exploits the isotope-specific energy-dependence of total neutron cross sections to measure elemental distributions in inspected objects. Fast-neutron transmission, as opposed to X-ray transmission, depends only weakly on absorber Z and thus, neutrons readily penetrate high-Z materials. In particular, the method is well suited to quantitative measurements of the elemental distributions of light elements, such as C, N and O, even if these are embedded in complex matrices of high-Z materials. This is advantageous, since the latter would strongly attenuate low-E (sub-MeV) X-rays and γ-rays. Moreover, more penetrating electro-magnetic radiation, namely, high-E (few-MeV) X-rays and γ-rays, would fail to provide contrast for low Z-elements. On these grounds, PFNTS is considered to be a very promising method for fully-automatic detection and identification of explosives concealed in luggage and cargo. In the late 1990s, Tensor Technology Inc. constructed an advanced PFNTS evaluation prototype. In a comprehensive series of blind tests, this system demonstrated the power of the method for detecting bulk explosives. However, its poor performance in detecting thin-sheet explosives and the relatively high false-alarm rates indicated that significant improvements on the detector side were called for, particularly with regard to spatial resolution, which was no better than several centimetres. In this contribution we present the concept of a high-spatial-resolution fast-neutron imaging system with multiple-energy TOF-spectrometry capability. This is a further development of our Time- Resolved Integrative Optical Neutron detector (TRION), which, in its present version, is able to capture simultaneously up to 8 image frames at different neutron energies. A 4-energy TRION variant will be evaluated in the fast-neutron beam at the PTB accelerator facility in December 2008. Updated results on its

  14. Still Heart Encodes a Structural HMT, SMYD1b, with Chaperone-Like Function during Fast Muscle Sarcomere Assembly.

    Kendal Prill

    Full Text Available The vertebrate sarcomere is a complex and highly organized contractile structure whose assembly and function requires the coordination of hundreds of proteins. Proteins require proper folding and incorporation into the sarcomere by assembly factors, and they must also be maintained and replaced due to the constant physical stress of muscle contraction. Zebrafish mutants affecting muscle assembly and maintenance have proven to be an ideal tool for identification and analysis of factors necessary for these processes. The still heart mutant was identified due to motility defects and a nonfunctional heart. The cognate gene for the mutant was shown to be smyd1b and the still heart mutation results in an early nonsense codon. SMYD1 mutants show a lack of heart looping and chamber definition due to a lack of expression of heart morphogenesis factors gata4, gata5 and hand2. On a cellular level, fast muscle fibers in homozygous mutants do not form mature sarcomeres due to the lack of fast muscle myosin incorporation by SMYD1b when sarcomeres are first being assembled (19hpf, supporting SMYD1b as an assembly protein during sarcomere formation.

  15. DIFFUSIVE SHOCK ACCELERATION OF HIGH-ENERGY CHARGED PARTICLES AT FAST INTERPLANETARY SHOCKS: A PARAMETER SURVEY

    Giacalone, Joe [Department of Planetary Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (United States)

    2015-01-20

    We present results from numerical simulations of the acceleration of solar energetic particles (SEPs) associated with strong, fast, and radially propagating interplanetary shocks. We focus on the phase of the SEP event at the time of the shock passage at 1 AU, which is when the peak intensity at energies below a few MeV is the highest. The shocks in our study start between 2 and 10 solar radii and propagate beyond 1 AU. We study the effect of various shock and particle input parameters, such as the spatial diffusion coefficient, shock speed, solar wind speed, initial location of the shock, and shock deceleration rate, on the total integrated differential intensity, I, of SEPs with kinetic energies > 10 MeV. I is the integral over energy of the differential intensity spectrum at the time of the shock passage at 1 AU. We find that relatively small changes in the parameters can lead to significant event-to-event changes in I. For example, a factor of 2 increase in the diffusion coefficient at a given energy and spatial location, can lead to a decrease in I by as much as a factor of 50. This may help explain why there are fewer large SEP events seen during the current solar maximum compared to previous maxima. It is known that the magnitude of the interplanetary magnetic field is noticeably weaker this solar cycle than it was in the previous cycle and this will naturally lead to a somewhat larger diffusion coefficient of SEPs.

  16. Accelerator-driven systems (ADS) and fast reactors (FR) in advanced nuclear fuel cycles

    The long-term hazard of radioactive waste arising from nuclear energy production is a matter of continued discussion and public concern in many countries. Through partitioning and transmutation (P and T) of the actinides and some of the long-lived fission products, the radiotoxicity of high-level waste (HLW) can be reduced by a factor of 100 compared with the current once-through fuel cycle. This requires very effective reactor and fuel cycle strategies, including fast reactors (FR) and/or accelerator-driven, sub-critical systems (ADS). The present study compares FR- and ADS-based actinide transmutation systems with respect to reactor properties, fuel cycle requirements, safety, economic aspects and (R and D) needs. Several advanced fuel cycle strategies are analysed in a consistent manner to provide insight into the essential differences between the various systems in which the role of ADS is emphasised. The report includes a summary aimed at policy makers and research managers as well as a detailed technical section for experts in this domain. (authors)

  17. A FOCUSED TRANSPORT APPROACH TO THE TIME-DEPENDENT SHOCK ACCELERATION OF SOLAR ENERGETIC PARTICLES AT A FAST TRAVELING SHOCK

    Le Roux, J. A.; Webb, G. M. [Department of Physics, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL 35899 (United States)

    2012-02-10

    Some of the most sophisticated models for solar energetic particle (SEP) acceleration at coronal mass ejection driven shocks are based on standard diffusive shock acceleration theory. However, this theory, which only applies when SEP pitch-angle anisotropies are small, might have difficulty in describing first-order Fermi acceleration or the shock pre-heating and injection of SEPs into first-order Fermi acceleration accurately at lower SEP speeds where SEP pitch-angle anisotropies upstream near the shock can be large. To avoid this problem, we use a time-dependent focused transport model to reinvestigate first-order Fermi acceleration at planar parallel and quasi-parallel spherical traveling shocks between the Sun and Earth with high shock speeds associated with rare extreme gradual SEP events. The focused transport model is also used to investigate and compare three different shock pre-heating mechanisms associated with different aspects of the nonuniform cross-shock solar wind flow, namely, the convergence of the flow (adiabatic compression), the shear tensor of the flow, and the acceleration of the flow, and a fourth shock pre-heating mechanism associated with the cross-shock electric field, to determine which pre-heating mechanism contributes the most to injecting shock pre-heated source particles into the first-order Fermi acceleration process. The effects of variations in traveling shock conditions, such as increasing shock obliquity and shock slowdown, and variations in the SEP source with increasing shock distance from the Sun on the coupled processes of shock pre-heating, injection, and first-order Fermi acceleration are analyzed. Besides the finding that the cross-shock acceleration of the solar wind flow yields the dominant shock pre-heating mechanism at high shock speeds, we find that first-order Fermi acceleration at fast traveling shocks differs in a number of respects from the predictions and assumptions of standard steady-state diffusive shock

  18. A FOCUSED TRANSPORT APPROACH TO THE TIME-DEPENDENT SHOCK ACCELERATION OF SOLAR ENERGETIC PARTICLES AT A FAST TRAVELING SHOCK

    Some of the most sophisticated models for solar energetic particle (SEP) acceleration at coronal mass ejection driven shocks are based on standard diffusive shock acceleration theory. However, this theory, which only applies when SEP pitch-angle anisotropies are small, might have difficulty in describing first-order Fermi acceleration or the shock pre-heating and injection of SEPs into first-order Fermi acceleration accurately at lower SEP speeds where SEP pitch-angle anisotropies upstream near the shock can be large. To avoid this problem, we use a time-dependent focused transport model to reinvestigate first-order Fermi acceleration at planar parallel and quasi-parallel spherical traveling shocks between the Sun and Earth with high shock speeds associated with rare extreme gradual SEP events. The focused transport model is also used to investigate and compare three different shock pre-heating mechanisms associated with different aspects of the nonuniform cross-shock solar wind flow, namely, the convergence of the flow (adiabatic compression), the shear tensor of the flow, and the acceleration of the flow, and a fourth shock pre-heating mechanism associated with the cross-shock electric field, to determine which pre-heating mechanism contributes the most to injecting shock pre-heated source particles into the first-order Fermi acceleration process. The effects of variations in traveling shock conditions, such as increasing shock obliquity and shock slowdown, and variations in the SEP source with increasing shock distance from the Sun on the coupled processes of shock pre-heating, injection, and first-order Fermi acceleration are analyzed. Besides the finding that the cross-shock acceleration of the solar wind flow yields the dominant shock pre-heating mechanism at high shock speeds, we find that first-order Fermi acceleration at fast traveling shocks differs in a number of respects from the predictions and assumptions of standard steady-state diffusive shock

  19. Gamma-ray and neutron radiography for a pulsed fast neutron analysis cargo inspection system

    This paper presents the design, optimization, and characterization of a gamma-ray and neutron radiographic subsystem that was developed for the Pulsed Fast Neutron Analysis (PFNA) cargo inspection system. The PFNA inspection system uses D-D based nanosecond pulsed neutron source to produce three-dimensional elemental content images of cargo. The PFNA neutron source produces gamma rays as well as neutrons. The new radiographic subsystem measures these radiations in an array of plastic scintillators to produce gamma-ray and neutron transmission images of the cargo simultaneously with the PFNA elemental content measurement. Although the radiographic subsystem improves PFNA performance in many forms of contraband detection, it was specifically designed to detect Special Nuclear Material (SNM) in cargo containers and trucks. A feasibility study, including experiments and modeling, was performed to determine the usefulness of neutron and gamma-ray radiography in this application. The study showed that the baseline configuration was useful in cargoes up to 144 g/cm2 thick. In order to improve the subsystem performance, the source output needed to be increased. The neutron and gamma-ray yield and spectrum were measured for a variety of different beam stops. The maximum cargo thickness was increased to 180 g/cm2 by changing the source beam stop from gold to copper and by increasing the detector length to 17.0 cm. An experiment was then performed that determined a 3.5 cm radiographic resolution was adequate for SNM detection. The detector configuration and the source motion were optimized to obtain a resolution of approximately 3.5 cm using the minimal number of detectors (128) and the maximum detector diameter (5.1 cm). A prototype of the final design was built, installed, and tested, and is currently in use at the PFNA test facility. (author)

  20. Acceleration of multiply charged ions by a high-contrast femtosecond laser pulse of relativistic intensity with the front surface of a solid target

    Shulyapov, S. A.; Mordvintsev, I. M.; Ivanov, K. A.; Volkov, R. V.; Zarubin, P. I.; Ambrožová, I.; Turek, K.; Savel'ev, A. B.

    2016-05-01

    It is shown that the acceleration efficiency of protons and multiply charged ions (and also the charge composition of the latter) accelerated backwards under irradiation of the front surface of thick solid targets by high-power femtosecond laser radiation with an intensity of 2 × 1018 W cm-2 is determined by the contrast of this radiation. Thus, highly ionised ions up to C6+, Si12+ and Mo14+ are recorded on polyethylene, silicon and molybdenum targets at a contrast of 10-8, the ions with charges up to C5+, Si10+ and Mo10+ possessing an energy of more than 100 keV per unit charge. In the case of a metal target, the acceleration efficiency of protons is significantly reduced, which indicates cleaning of the target surface by a pre-pulse. The measurements performed at a contrast increased by two-to-three orders of magnitude show the presence of fast protons (up to 300–700 keV) on all targets, and also a decrease in the energy and maximum charge of multiply charged ions.

  1. An analysis of fast reactor fuel assembly performance taking into account their mechanical interaction in the core and refuelling line capabilities

    An approach to assessment of fast reactor fuel assembly performance has been considered. A concept of passive restraint of fuel assemblies in a reactor adopted in the USSR is described. Some methods for calculating the interassembly interactions during operation are briefly outlined, some calculated results are presented. A problem of fuel assembly performance during refuelling taking into account the refuelling line capabilities is considered. Some results from fuel assemblies operation experience in the BN-600 reactor are given. (author)

  2. Irradiation Effects for the Pulsed Fast Neutron Analysis (PFNA) Cargo Interrogation System

    Slater, C.O.

    2001-02-02

    At the request of Safety and Ecology Corporation of Tennessee, radiation effects of the proposed Pulsed Fast Neutron Analysis (PFNA) Cargo Interrogation System have been examined. First, fissile cargo were examined to determine if a significant neutron signal would be observable during interrogation. Results indicated that ample multiplication would be seen for near critical bare targets. The water-reflected sphere showed relatively little multiplication. By implication, a fissile target shielded by hydrogenous cargo might not be detectable by neutron interrogation, particularly if reliance is placed on the neutron signal. The cargo may be detectable if use can be made of the ample increase in the photon signal. Second, dose rates were calculated at various locations within and just outside the facility building. These results showed that some dose rates may be higher than the target dose rate of 0.05 mrem/h. However, with limited exposure time, the total dose may be well below the allowed total dose. Lastly, estimates were made of the activation of structures and typical cargo. Most cargo will not be exposed long enough to be activated to levels of concern. On the other hand, portions of the structure may experience buildup of some radionuclides to levels of concern.

  3. Effect of an Additional, Parallel Capacitor on Pulsed Inductive Plasma Accelerator Performance

    Polzin, Kurt A.; Sivak, Amy D.; Balla, Joseph V.

    2011-01-01

    A model of pulsed inductive plasma thrusters consisting of a set of coupled circuit equations and a one-dimensional momentum equation has been used to study the effects of adding a second, parallel capacitor into the system. The equations were nondimensionalized, permitting the recovery of several already-known scaling parameters and leading to the identification of a parameter that is unique to the particular topology studied. The current rise rate through the inductive acceleration coil was used as a proxy measurement of the effectiveness of inductive propellant ionization since higher rise rates produce stronger, potentially better ionizing electric fields at the coil face. Contour plots representing thruster performance (exhaust velocity and efficiency) and current rise rate in the coil were generated numerically as a function of the scaling parameters. The analysis reveals that when the value of the second capacitor is much less than the first capacitor, the performance of the two-capacitor system approaches that of the single-capacitor system. In addition, as the second capacitor is decreased in value the current rise rate can grow to be twice as great as the rise rate attained in the single capacitor case.

  4. Creation of Pure Frozen Gas Targets for Ion Acceleration using Short Pulse Lasers

    McCary, Edward; Stehr, Florian; Jiao, Xuejing; Quevedo, Hernan; Franke, Philip; Agustsson, Ronald; Oshea, Finn; Berry, Robert; Chao, Dennis; Woods, Kayley; Gautier, Donald; Letzring, Sam; Hegelich, Bjorn

    2015-11-01

    A system for shooting interchangeable frozen gas targets was developed at the University of Texas and will be tested at Los Alamos National Lab. A target holder which can hold up to five substrates used for target growing was cryogenically cooled to temperatures below 14 K. The target substrates consist of holes with diameters ranging from 15 μm-500 μm and TEM grids with micron scale spacing, across which films of ice are frozen by releasing small amounts of pure gas molecules directly into the vacuum target chamber. Frozen gas targets comprised of simple molecules like methane and single element gasses like hydrogen and deuterium will provide novel target configuations that will be compared with laser plasma interaction simulations. The targets will be shot with the ultra-intense short-pulse Trident laser. Accelerated ion spectra will be characterized using a Thomson Parabola with magnetic field strength of 0.92T and electric field strength of 30kV. Hydrogen targets will be additionally characterized using stacks of copper which become activated upon exposure to energetic protons resulting in a beta decay signal which be imaged on electron sensitive imaging plates to provide an energy spectrum and spacial profile of the proton beam. Details of target creation and pre-shot characterization will be presented.

  5. Research and development of ns pulse width ultrafast pulsed power supply

    High repetition rate, nanosecond pulse width fast pulsed power supply is a key technology to be overcome for particle accelerator fast kicker injection and ejection. In this paper, inductive adder topology, the RF MOSFET and its driver circuit were studied by computer simulation and table circuit experiment. On the basis of theory research, a ten-grade inductive adder pulsed power supply evaluating prototype was developed. The preliminary test of the prototype was completed. A ten-grade adder can produce a short pulse of pulse amplitude >4.3 kV, front edge <2.8 ns, and pulse width <9 ns into 50 Ω at 500 Hz repetition rate. (authors)

  6. Passive tailoring of laser-accelerated ion beam cut-off energy by using double foil assembly

    A double foil assembly is shown to be effective in tailoring the maximum energy produced by a laser-accelerated proton beam. The measurements compare favorably with adiabatic expansion simulations, and particle-in-cell simulations. The arrangement proposed here offers for some applications a simple and passive way to utilize simultaneously highest irradiance lasers that have best laser-to-ion conversion efficiency while avoiding the production of undesired high-energy ions

  7. Fast electron generation and transport in solid matter irradiated at relativistic intensities. Evidence of vxB acceleration

    Baton, S. D.; Santos, J. J.; Amiranoff, F.; Popescu, H.; Gremillet, L.; Koenig, M.; Martinolli, E.; Rousseaux, C.; Rabec-Le-Gloahec, M.; Hall, T. A.; Batani, D.; Perelli, E.; Scianitti, F.; Cowan, T. E.

    2002-11-01

    In the context of the fast electron transport in solid matter and the fast ignitor scheme,we report on measurements of second harmonic of the laser light observed on the rear side of solid targets irradiated by the 100 TW laser at LULI. This emission can be explained by the acceleration of short bunches of electrons in the front of the target by the vxB force. The observations indicate that, in our conditions, the minimum fraction of the laser energy transferred to these electron bunches is of the order of 1 °.

  8. Development of a dual-pulse RF driver for an S-band (= 2856 MHz) RF electron linear accelerator

    Cha, Sungsu; Kim, Yujong; Lee, Byeong-No; Lee, Byung Cheol; Cha, Hyungki; Ha, Jang Ho; Park, Hyung Dal; Lee, Seung Hyun; Kim, Hui Su; Buaphad, Pikad

    2016-04-01

    The radiation equipment research division of Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute has developed a Container Inspection System (CIS) using a Radio Frequency (RF) electron linear accelerator for port security. The primary purpose of the CIS is to detect nuclear materials and explosives, as well country-specific prohibited substances, e.g., smuggled. The CIS consists of a 9/6 MeV dualenergy electron linear accelerator for distinguishing between organic and inorganic materials. The accelerator consists of an electron gun, an RF accelerating structure, an RF driver, a modulator, electromagnets, a cooling system, a X-ray generating target, X-ray collimator, a detector, and a container moving system. The RF driver is an important part of the configuration because it is the RF power source: it supplies the RF power to the accelerating structure. A unique aspect of the RF driver is that it generates dual RF power to generate dual energy (9/6 MeV). The advantage of this RF driver is that it can allow the pulse width to vary and can be used to obtain a wide range of energy output, and pulse repetition rates up to 300 Hz. For this reason, 140 W (5 MW - 9 MeV) and 37 W (3.4 MW - 6 MeV) power outputs are available independently. A high power test for 20 minutes demonstrate that stable dual output powers can be generated. Moreover, the dual power can be applied to the accelerator which has stable accelerator operation. In this paper, the design, fabrication and high power test of the RF driver for the RF electron linear accelerator (linac) are presented.

  9. In-field Calibration of a Fast Neutron Collar for the Measurement of Fresh PWR Fuel Assemblies

    Swinhoe, Martyn Thomas [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); De Baere, Paul [European Commission (Luxembourg). Euratom Safeguards

    2015-04-17

    A new neutron collar has been designed for the measurement of fresh LEU fuel assemblies. This collar uses “fast mode” measurement to reduce the effect of burnable poison rods on the assay and thus reduce the dependence on the operator’s declaration. The new collar design reduces effect of poison rods considerably. Instead of 12 pins of 5.2% Gd causing a 20.4% effect, as in the standard thermal mode collar, they only cause a 3.2% effect in the new collar. However it has higher efficiency so that reasonably precise measurements can be made in 25 minutes, rather than the 1 hour of previous collars. The new collar is fully compatible with the use of the standard data collection and analysis code INCC. This report describes the calibration that was made with a mock-up assembly at Los Alamos National Laboratory and with actual assemblies at the AREVA Fuel fabrication Plant in Lingen, Germany.

  10. A fast wire scanner, used to measure the transverse density distribution of beams circulating in an accelerator or storage ring.

    Maximilien Brice

    2002-01-01

    Fast wire scanners are used to measure the transverse density distribution of beams circulating in an accelerator or storage ring. In order to minimize blow-up of the beam through multiple Coulomb scattering, the wires are very thin (in the version shown here it is actually a twisted strand of carbon fibres with a total diameter of about 25 microns) and are swept through the beam at high speed (a linear motor, not mounted here, accelerates the wires to up to 20 m/s). One measures either the secondary emission current from the wire, or the signal from a scintillator/photomultiplier combination downstream from the wire scanner receiving the shower from nuclear reactions of beam particles with the wire nuclei. There are four such fast wire scanners in the 26 GeV PS and eight in the 1.4 GeV Booster.

  11. A US perspective on fast reactor fuel fabrication technology and experience part I: metal fuels and assembly design

    This paper is part I of a review focusing on the United States experience with metallic fast reactor fuel fabrication and assembly design for the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II (EBR-II) and the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF). Experience with metal fuel fabrication in the United States is extensive, including over 60 years of research conducted by the government, national laboratories, industry, and academia. This experience has culminated in a considerable amount of research that resulted in significant improvements to the technologies employed to fabricate metallic fast reactor fuel. This part of the review documents the current state of fuel fabrication technologies for metallic fuels, some of the challenges faced by previous researchers, and how these were overcome. Knowledge gained from reviewing previous investigations will aid both researchers and policy makers in forming future decisions relating to nuclear fuel fabrication technologies.

  12. Experimental and Simulated Characterization of a Beam Shaping Assembly for Accelerator- Based Boron Neutron Capture Therapy (AB-BNCT)

    In the frame of the construction of a Tandem Electrostatic Quadrupole Accelerator facility devoted to the Accelerator-Based Boron Neutron Capture Therapy, a Beam Shaping Assembly has been characterized by means of Monte-Carlo simulations and measurements. The neutrons were generated via the 7Li(p, n)7Be reaction by irradiating a thick LiF target with a 2.3 MeV proton beam delivered by the TANDAR accelerator at CNEA. The emerging neutron flux was measured by means of activation foils while the beam quality and directionality was evaluated by means of Monte Carlo simulations. The parameters show compliance with those suggested by IAEA. Finally, an improvement adding a beam collimator has been evaluated.

  13. Fast Multipole Acceleration of a MoM Code for the Solution of Composed Metallic/Dielectric Scattering Problems

    Jakobus, U.; J. Van Tonder

    2005-01-01

    An existing method of moments (MoM) code for the solution of complex scattering bodies has been accelerated by means of a multilevel fast multipole method (MLFMM). We demonstrate the usage of this technique both for metallic structures (wires and surfaces) and for dielectric bodies (volume and surface equivalence principle). Aspects like the effect of the type of integral equation, preconditioning schemes, or iterative solution techniques are discussed. But also limitations are addressed, whi...

  14. A new fast neutron collar for safeguards inspection measurements of fresh low enriched uranium fuel assemblies containing burnable poison rods

    Safeguards inspection measurements must be performed in a timely manner in order to detect the diversion of significant quantities of nuclear material. A shorter measurement time can increase the number of items that a nuclear safeguards inspector can reliably measure during a period of access to a nuclear facility. In turn, this improves the reliability of the acquired statistical sample, which is used to inform decisions regarding compliance. Safeguards inspection measurements should also maintain independence from facility operator declarations. Existing neutron collars employ thermal neutron interrogation for safeguards inspection measurements of fresh fuel assemblies. A new fast neutron collar has been developed for safeguards inspection measurements of fresh low-enriched uranium (LEU) fuel assemblies containing gadolinia (Gd2O3) burnable poison rods. The Euratom Fast Collar (EFC) was designed with high neutron detection efficiency to make a fast (Cd) mode measurement viable whilst meeting the high counting precision and short assay time requirements of the Euratom safeguards inspectorate. A fast mode measurement reduces the instrument sensitivity to burnable poison rod content and therefore reduces the applied poison correction, consequently reducing the dependence on the operator declaration of the poison content within an assembly. The EFC non-destructive assay (NDA) of typical modern European pressurized water reactor (PWR) fresh fuel assembly designs have been simulated using Monte Carlo N-particle extended transport code (MCNPX) simulations. Simulations predict that the EFC can achieve 2% relative statistical uncertainty on the doubles neutron counting rate for a fast mode measurement in an assay time of 600 s (10 min) with the available 241AmLi (α,n) interrogation source strength of 5.7×104 s−1. Furthermore, the calibration range of the new collar has been extended to verify 235U content in variable PWR fuel designs in the presence of up to 32

  15. Pulse shape discrimination between (fast or thermal) neutrons and gamma rays with plastic scintillators: State of the art

    Bertrand, Guillaume H.V. [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs & Architectures Électroniques, CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France); Hamel, Matthieu, E-mail: matthieu.hamel@cea.fr [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs & Architectures Électroniques, CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France); Normand, Stéphane [CEA, DAM, Le Ponant, 25 rue Leblanc, F-75015 Paris (France); Sguerra, Fabien [CEA, LIST, Laboratoire Capteurs & Architectures Électroniques, CEA Saclay, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France)

    2015-03-11

    We would like to present here with the eyes of the chemist the most recent developments of plastic scintillators (PS) for neutron detection. This review covers the period from 2000 to August 2014, and is fragmented in two main chapters. The first chapter deals with the chemical modifications for thermal neutron capture, whereas the second chapter presents the various strategies used to enhance the response to fast neutrons via pulse shape discrimination. For each chapter the theory is also explained.

  16. Pulse shape discrimination between (fast or thermal) neutrons and gamma rays with plastic scintillators: State of the art

    We would like to present here with the eyes of the chemist the most recent developments of plastic scintillators (PS) for neutron detection. This review covers the period from 2000 to August 2014, and is fragmented in two main chapters. The first chapter deals with the chemical modifications for thermal neutron capture, whereas the second chapter presents the various strategies used to enhance the response to fast neutrons via pulse shape discrimination. For each chapter the theory is also explained

  17. Technical meeting to 'Review of national programmes on fast reactors and accelerator driven systems (ADS)'. Working material

    The 35th Annual Meeting of the Technical Working Group on Fast Reactors TWG-FR, previously International Working Group on Fast Reactors (IWG-FR, created in 1967), was hosted by the Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (FZK) and was attended by TWG-FR members and advisers from the following Member States: Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, and the United States of America. The objectives of the meeting were: to exchange information on the national programmes on Fast Reactors (FR) and Accelerator Driven Systems (ADS); to review the progress since the 34th TWG-FR Annual Meeting, including the status of the actions; to consider meeting arrangements for 2002 and 2003; to review the Agency's co-ordinated research activities in the field of FRs and ADS, as well as co-ordination of the TWG-FR's activities with other organizations

  18. Implementing and diagnosing magnetic flux compression on the Z pulsed power accelerator

    McBride, Ryan D. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Bliss, David E. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Gomez, Matthew R. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hansen, Stephanie B. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Martin, Matthew R. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Jennings, Christopher Ashley [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Slutz, Stephen A. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Rovang, Dean C. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Knapp, Patrick F. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Schmit, Paul F. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Awe, Thomas James [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hess, M. H. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Lemke, Raymond W. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Dolan, D. H. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Lamppa, Derek C. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Jobe, Marc Ronald Lee [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Fang, Lu [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Hahn, Kelly D. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Chandler, Gordon A. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Cooper, Gary Wayne [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Ruiz, Carlos L. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Maurer, A. J. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Robertson, Grafton Kincannon [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Cuneo, Michael E. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Sinars, Daniel [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States); Tomlinson, Kurt [General Atomics, San Diego, CA (United States); Smith, Gary [General Atomics, San Diego, CA (United States); Paguio, Reny [General Atomics, San Diego, CA (United States); Intrator, Tom [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Weber, Thomas [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States); Greenly, John [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)

    2015-11-01

    We report on the progress made to date for a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project aimed at diagnosing magnetic flux compression on the Z pulsed-power accelerator (0-20 MA in 100 ns). Each experiment consisted of an initially solid Be or Al liner (cylindrical tube), which was imploded using the Z accelerator's drive current (0-20 MA in 100 ns). The imploding liner compresses a 10-T axial seed field, B z ( 0 ) , supplied by an independently driven Helmholtz coil pair. Assuming perfect flux conservation, the axial field amplification should be well described by B z ( t ) = B z ( 0 ) x [ R ( 0 ) / R ( t )] 2 , where R is the liner's inner surface radius. With perfect flux conservation, B z ( t ) and dB z / dt values exceeding 10 4 T and 10 12 T/s, respectively, are expected. These large values, the diminishing liner volume, and the harsh environment on Z, make it particularly challenging to measure these fields. We report on our latest efforts to do so using three primary techniques: (1) micro B-dot probes to measure the fringe fields associated with flux compression, (2) streaked visible Zeeman absorption spectroscopy, and (3) fiber-based Faraday rotation. We also mention two new techniques that make use of the neutron diagnostics suite on Z. These techniques were not developed under this LDRD, but they could influence how we prioritize our efforts to diagnose magnetic flux compression on Z in the future. The first technique is based on the yield ratio of secondary DT to primary DD reactions. The second technique makes use of the secondary DT neutron time-of-flight energy spectra. Both of these techniques have been used successfully to infer the degree of magnetization at stagnation in fully integrated Magnetized Liner Inertial Fusion (MagLIF) experiments on Z [P. F. Schmit et al. , Phys. Rev. Lett. 113 , 155004 (2014); P. F. Knapp et al. , Phys. Plasmas, 22 , 056312 (2015)]. Finally, we present some recent developments for designing

  19. THE MECHANICAL AND SHIELDING DESIGN OF A PORTABLE SPECTROMETER AND BEAM DUMP ASSEMBLY AT BNLS ACCELERATOR TEST FACILITY

    A portable assembly containing a vertical-bend dipole magnet has been designed and installed immediately down-beam of the Compton electron-laser interaction chamber on beamline 1 of the Accelerator Test Facility (ATF) at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL). The water-cooled magnet designed with field strength of up to 0.7 Tesla will be used as a spectrometer in the Thompson scattering and vacuum acceleration experiments, where field-dependent electron scattering, beam focusing and energy spread will be analyzed. This magnet will deflect the ATF's 60 MeV electron-beam 90o downward, as a vertical beam dump for the Compton scattering experiment. The dipole magnet assembly is portable, and can be relocated to other beamlines at the ATF or other accelerator facilities to be used as a spectrometer or a beam dump. The mechanical and shielding calculations are presented in this paper. The structural rigidity and stability of the assembly were studied. A square lead shield surrounding the assembly's Faraday Cup was designed to attenuate the radiation emerging from the 1 inch-copper beam stop. All photons produced were assumed to be sufficiently energetic to generate photoneutrons. A safety evaluation of groundwater tritium contamination due to the thermal neutron capturing by the deuterium in water was performed, using updated Monte Carlo neutron-photon coupled transport code (MCNP). High-energy neutron spallation, which is a potential source to directly generate radioactive tritium and sodium-22 in soil, was conservatively assessed in verifying personal and environmental safety

  20. Caracterisation of the propagation of fast electrons generated by a femtosecond laser pulse, in the frame of the ''fast ignitor'' physics.

    Martinolli, Emanuele

    2003-01-01

    This PhD work is in the context of research into fusion by inertial confinement. It concerns more particularly the scheme of fast ignition, which provides for the use of ultra-intense laser pulses to initiate nuclear reactions in the fuel. Until now, the feasibility of this scenario has not been proved. It depends on many fundamental aspects of physics into play, which are not yet completely under control. In this work, we proposed to study experimentally a fundamental aspect of this new sche...