Author: Gilson, E.P.
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MOEPPB005 Initial Commissioning of NDCX-II 85
  • S.M. Lidia, D. Arbelaez, W.G. Greenway, J.-Y. Jung, J.W. Kwan, T.M. Lipton, A. Pekedis, P.K. Roy, P.A. Seidl, J.H. Takakuwa, W.L. Waldron
    LBNL, Berkeley, California, USA
  • A. Friedman, D.P. Grote, W. M. Sharp
    LLNL, Livermore, California, USA
  • E.P. Gilson
    PPPL, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
  Funding: This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S Department of Energy by LLNL under contract DE AC52 07NA27344, and by LBNL under contract. DE-AC02-05CH11231.
The Neutralized Drift Compression Experiment-II (NDCX-II) will generate ion beam pulses for studies of Warm Dense Matter and heavy-ion-driven Inertial Fusion Energy. The machine will accelerate 20-50 nC of Li+ to 1.2-3 MeV energy, starting from a 10.9-cm alumino-silicate ion source. At the end of the accelerator the ions are focused to a sub-mm spot size onto a thin foil (planar) target. The pulse duration is compressed from ~500 ns at the source to sub-ns at the target following beam transport in a neutralizing plasma. We first describe the injector, accelerator, transport, final focus and diagnostic facilities. We then report on the results of early commissioning studies that characterize beam quality and beam transport, acceleration waveform shaping and beam current evolution. We present WARP simulation results to benchmark against the experimental measurements.