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Boucher, S.

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THPMS018 High Average Current Betatrons for Industrial and Security Applications 3035
  • S. Boucher, R. B. Agustsson, P. Frigola, A. Y. Murokh, M. Ruelas
    RadiaBeam, Los Angeles, California
  • F. H. O'Shea, J. B. Rosenzweig, G. Travish
    UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  Funding: DOE Grant DE-FG02-04ER84051

The fixed-field alternating-gradient (FFAG) betatron has emerged as a viable alternative to RF linacs as a source of high-energy radiation for industrial and security applications. For industrial applications, high average currents at modest relativistic electron beam energies, typically in the 5 to 10 MeV range, are desired for medical product sterilization, food irradiation and materials processing. For security applications, high power x-rays in the 3 to 20 MeV range are needed for rapid screening of cargo containers and vehicles. In a FFAG betatron, high-power output is possible due to high duty factor and fast acceleration cycle: electrons are injected and accelerated in a quasi-CW mode while being confined and focused in the fixed-field alternating-gradient lattice. The beam is accelerated via magnetic induction from a betatron core made with modern low-loss magnetic materials. Here we present the design and status of a prototype FFAG betatron, called the Radiatron, as well as future prospects for these machines.