Author: Ding, X.D.
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THPPR069 Compact, Inexpensive X-Band Linacs as Radioactive Isotope Source Replacements 4136
  • S. Boucher, R.B. Agustsson, X.D. Ding, L. Faillace, P. Frigola, A.Y. Murokh, M. Ruelas, S. Storms
    RadiaBeam, Santa Monica, USA
  Funding: Work supported by DNDO Phase II SBIR HSHQDC-10-C-00148 and DOE Phase II SBIR DE-SC0000865.
Radioisotope sources are still commonly used in a variety of industrial and medical applications. The US National Research Council has identified as a priority the replacement of high-activity sources with alternative technologies, due to the risk of accidents and diversion by terrorists for use in radiological dispersal devices (“dirty bombs”). RadiaBeam Technologies is developing novel, compact, inexpensive linear accelerators for use in a variety of such applications as cost-effective replacements. The technology is based on the MicroLinac (originally developed at SLAC), an X-band linear accelerator powered by an inexpensive and commonly available magnetron. Prototypes are currently under construction. This paper will describe the design, engineering, fabrication and future testing of these linacs at RadiaBeam. Future development plans will also be discussed.