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.
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- Other Information: TH: Thesis (Ph.D.); PBD: 1992
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- Argonne National Lab., IL (United States). High Energy Physics Div.
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- 43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; WAKEFIELD ACCELERATORS; ELECTRON SOURCES; DESIGN; BEAM CURRENTS; BEAM DYNAMICS; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; TUNING; RF SYSTEMS; PHOTOCATHODES 430301; ION SOURCES
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