Volume 77, Issue 3, March 2006
Index of content:
- PARTICLE SOURCES, OPTICS AND ACCELERATION; PARTICLE DETECTORS
77(2006); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2173949View Description Hide Description
The purpose of this article is to disclose an automated method to design and investigate multimegavolt triple resonance Tesla transformers. The pulse transformer’s “frequency equation” is presented for the first time. The frequency equation derivation properly models all the inductors, with their self-capacitances, which have yet to be treated in an orthodox manner. The analysis gives new insight into the transformer by showing the relationship between the roots of the frequency equation and the transformer’s modal frequencies. The roots are shown to be subject to manipulation, and so the modal frequencies are controllable. The method efficiently extracts solutions (transformer circuits) from the frequency equation constrained to oscillate at an arbitrary and general modal frequency ratio (to include noninteger). A ratio of the present general interest is 1:2:3. This particular ratio forces the maxima of the three coexisting modal oscillations to align, and their amplitudes sum to produce a local maximum, at a specific time. The same alignment phenomenon occurs with the dual resonance transformer with a modal ratio of 1:2. A pulse transformer is designed as a demonstration. The energy in each of the three oscillations is examined at the moment of peak voltage in the demonstration transformer to show the investigative power of the new equations. This generalized tool will prove useful in the campaign to analytically locate global maximums from the triple resonance transformer’s governing amplitude equation for output voltage.
77(2006); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.2173028View Description Hide Description
Currently ongoing at Los Alamos National Laboratory is a program to develop high-power, planar traveling-wave tubes. An enabling technology for this effort is a sheet electron beam source and much of our effort has been geared toward understanding sheet beam generation and transport. Toward this end we have developed a robust, high resolution optical diagnostic for measuring the transverse density profiles of our electron beams. The diagnostic consists of a thin metal foil followed by an or scintillator crystal, both mounted on a vacuum actuator that allows us to position the foil/scintillator combination at arbitrary positions along the beam’s longitudinal axis. The electron beam strikes the metal foil and is stopped, generating Bremsstrahlung x rays that are imaged by the scintillator crystal. This image is then captured by an optical system using a high-speed, intensified gated camera. Using this diagnostic, we have measured beam profiles with resolutions as low as from a electron gun operated between 20 and .