Proposed New Accelerator Design for Homeland Security X-Ray Applications
In the security and inspection market, there is a push towards highly mobile, reduced-dose active interrogation scanning and imaging systems to allow operation in urban environments. To achieve these goals, the accelerator system design needs to be smaller than existing systems. A smaller radiation exclusion zone may be accomplished through better beam collimation and an integrated, x-ray-source/detector-array assembly to allow feedback and control of an intensity-modulated x-ray source. A shaped low-Z target in the x-ray source can be used to generate a more forward peaked x-ray beam. Electron-beam steering can then be applied to direct the forward-peaked x rays toward areas in the cargo with high attenuation. This paper presents an exploratory study to identify components and upgrades that would be required to meet the desired specifications, as well as the best technical approach to design and build a prototype.
- Varian Medical Systems, Inc., Palo Alto, CA 94304 (United States). Imaging Lab.
- Rapiscan Laboratories, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA 94085 (United States)
- SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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- Journal Name: Phys. Procedia 66:249-259, 2015; Conference: Presented at the 23rd International Conference on the Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry (CAARI 2014), 25-30 May 2014. San Antonio, Texas, US
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- SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory (SLAC)
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- US DOE Office of Science (DOE SC);US DHS
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- United States
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