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Title: Petawatt pulsed-power accelerator

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.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ; ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [2] ; ;  [1]
  1. (Albuquerque, NM)
  2. (Sandia Park, NM)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1014480
Report Number(s):
7,679,297
US Patent Application 11/499,548
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Research Org:
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English