Author: Mikhailov, S.F.
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TUPPP076 Soft Orbit Bumps for Duke Storage Ring VUV FEL Operation 1774
  • S.F. Mikhailov, J.Y. Li, V. Popov, P.W. Wallace, Y.K. Wu
    FEL/Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  Funding: This work is supported in part by the US DoE grant # DE-FG02-97ER41033.
The Duke FEL and High Intensity Gamma-ray Source (HIGS) facility is operated with an electron beam from 0.24 to 1.2 GeV and a photon beam from 190 to 1060 nm. The current range of the gamma-beam energy is from 1 MeV to about 100 MeV, with the maximum total gamma-flux of more then 1010 gammas per second around 10 MeV. Production of the high intensity, high energy gamma-beams of 60-100 MeV using UV-VUV mirrors of 240 - 190 nm requires and high energy, high current electron beams of 0.9-1.05 GeV. The radiation damage problem becomes more severe for VUV FEL operation below 190 nm. The radiation from the End-of-Arc (EOA) bending magnets, instead of the radiation from FEL wigglers, is the dominant cause of a rapid degradation of the downstream FEL mirror. In this work, we propose a number of measures to significantly reduce the radiation from these dipole magnets as well as other potential sources of synchrotron radiation toward the FEL mirror. In particular, we describe the development of an orbit bump using designated "soft" orbit correctors. The magnetic field of these correctors is limited to produce a radiation with a critical wavelength close or below the FEL wavelength.
THPPD078 Cold Cathode Thyratron Based High-voltage Kicker Generators at the Duke Accelerators: Six Year Experience 3698
  • V. Popov, S.F. Mikhailov, P.W. Wallace, Y.K. Wu
    FEL/Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  Funding: This work is supported in part by the US DOE grant #DE-FG02-97ER41033.
The performance of the Duke storage ring based light sources, the Duke storage ring FEL and High Intensity Gamma-ray Source (HIGS), has been greatly improved since 2007 as the result of operating a new full-energy, top-off booster injector (0.18 - 1.2 GeV), allowing fixed energy operation of the storage ring (0.25 - 1.2 GeV). The injection/extraction kicker system is one of the key components of the accelerator facility which determines efficiency and reliability of the light source operation. Pseudo-Spark Switches(PSS), also known as cold cathode thyratrons, are the critical components of the high voltage pulse generators for kickers. More than six years of operation has allowed us to study the lifetime issue for the 10 kA class devices. Recently, we have tested the next generation cold cathode thyratron, with one installed in one of our storage ring kicker high voltage generators. In the present paper we will also present preliminary test results of this new thyratron and the required modifications of its triggering driver to improve its performance.