Thirty-five years of drift-tube linac experience
The history of the drift-tube linear accelerator (linac) for the first 35 years of its existence is briefly reviewed. Both US and foreign experience is included. Particular attention is given to technological improvements, operational reliability, capital investment, and number of personnel committed to drift-tube linac (DTL) development. Preliminary data indicate that second- and third-generation (post-1960) DTLs have, in the US alone, operated for a combined total period of more than 75 machine-years and that very high reliability (>90%) has been achieved. Existing US drift-tube linacs represent a capital investment of at least $250 million (1983). Additional statistical evidence, derived from the proceedings of the last 11 linear accelerator conferences, supports the view that the DTL has achieved a mature technological base. The report concludes with a discussion of important recent advances in technology and their applications to the fourth generation of DTLs, many of which are now becoming operational.
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- Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA)
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- 43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; LINEAR ACCELERATORS; REVIEWS; DRIFT TUBES; ACCELERATORS; DOCUMENT TYPES 430303* -- Particle Accelerators-- Experimental Facilities & Equipment
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