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The high current experiment: First results

  • P.A. SEIDL (a1), D. BACA (a1), F.M. BIENIOSEK (a1), A. FALTENS (a1), S.M. LUND (a2), A.W. MOLVIK (a2), L.R. PROST (a1) and W.L. WALDRON (a1)...

Abstract

The High Current Experiment (HCX) is being assembled at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as part of the U.S. program to explore heavy ion beam transport at a scale representative of the low-energy end of an induction linac driver for fusion energy production. The primary mission of this experiment is to investigate aperture fill factors acceptable for the transport of space-charge dominated heavy ion beams at high space-charge intensity (line-charge density ∼ 0.2 μC/m) over long pulse durations (>4 μs). This machine will test transport issues at a driver-relevant scale resulting from nonlinear space-charge effects and collective modes, beam centroid alignment and beam steering, matching, image charges, halo, lost-particle induced electron effects, and longitudinal bunch control. We present the first experimental results carried out with the coasting K+ ion beam transported through the first 10 electrostatic transport quadrupoles and associated diagnostics. Later phases of the experiment will include more electrostatic lattice periods to allow more sensitive tests of emittance growth, and also magnetic quadrupoles to explore similar issues in magnetic channels with a full driver scale beam.

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Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Peter Seidl, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, MS 47-112, One Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA 94720, USA. E-mail: paseidl@lbl.gov

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The high current experiment: First results

  • P.A. SEIDL (a1), D. BACA (a1), F.M. BIENIOSEK (a1), A. FALTENS (a1), S.M. LUND (a2), A.W. MOLVIK (a2), L.R. PROST (a1) and W.L. WALDRON (a1)...

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