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Title: APT accelerator technology

Abstract

Proposed accelerator production of tritium (APT) project requires an accelerator providing a cw proton beam of 100 mA at 1300 MeV. Since most of the technical risk of a high-current cw (continuous-wave, 100% DF) accelerator resides in the low-energy section, Los Alamos is building a 20 MeV duplicate of the accelerator front end to confirm design codes, beam performance, and demonstrate operaional reliability. We report on design details of this low-energy demonstration accelerator (LEDA) and discuss the integrated design of the full accelerator for the APT plant. LEDA`s proton injector is under test and has produced more than 130 mA at 75 keV. Fabrication is proceeding on a 6.7-KeV, 8-m long RFQ, and detailed design is underway on coupled-cavity drift-tube linac (CCDTL) structures. Detailed design and technology experiments are underway on medium-beta superconducting cavities to assess feasibility of replacing the conventional (room-temperature copper) high-energy linac with a linac made of niobium superconducting RF cavities.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
378685
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-96-2927; APT-DOC-002; CONF-9608123-15
ON: DE96014814
DOE Contract Number:
W-7405-ENG-36
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: 18. international linac conference, Geneva (Switzerland), 26-30 Aug 1996; Other Information: PBD: [1996]
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; 07 ISOTOPE AND RADIATION SOURCE TECHNOLOGY; 70 PLASMA PHYSICS AND FUSION; LINEAR ACCELERATORS; PROTON BEAMS; PRODUCTION; TRITIUM; BEAM INJECTION

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Schneider, J.D.. APT accelerator technology. United States: N. p., 1996. Web.
Schneider, J.D.. APT accelerator technology. United States.
Schneider, J.D.. Sun . "APT accelerator technology". United States. doi:. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/378685.
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