Beam Dynamics for the Scopius Conceptual Design Report

31 Oct 2017  ·  Ekdahl Carl ·

Scorpius is a new multi-pulse linear induction accelerator (LIA). It is presently planned for Scorpius to accelerate four 2-kA electron pulses to 20 MeV from an injected energy of 2 MeV... The goal of Scorpius is to deliver a multi-pulse electron beam with quality sufficient for use in flash radiography of large-scale explosively-driven experiments. Beam physics has a profound effect on the quality of multi-pulse radiographs. Beam halo or asymmetry causes emittance growth, which enlarges spot size, thereby degrading resolution. Beam centroid motion due to instabilities is especially problematic. High-frequency motion blurs the radiographic spot size, thereby degrading resolution. Low-frequency motion causes pulse-to-pulse wandering of the source spot, thereby degrading registration of successive radiographs. We use a wide range of tools to investigate potential beam physics problems associated with Scorpius. In addition to analytic theory and experimental data from our operational LIAs, we use a number of reliable beam dynamics computer codes. These include both beam envelope and particle in cell (PIC) codes. read more

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