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Lyles, J. T.M.

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TUPAS063 A New Bunching Scheme for Increasing the LANSCE WNR Peak Beam Current 1799
  • L. Rybarcyk, J. T.M. Lyles
    LANL, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  Funding: This work is supported by the U. S. Department of Energy, Contract DE-AC52-06NA25396.

The LANSCE linac simultaneously provides both H+ and H- beams to several user facilities. The Weapons Neutron Research (WNR) user facility is configured to accept the H- beam with a typical pulse pattern of one linac micro-pulse every 1.8 microseconds. To produce this pulse spacing a slow-wave chopper located in the 750 keV injector beam transport is employed to intensity modulate the beam. The beam is subsequently bunched at both 16.77 MHz and 201.25 MHz prior to entering the 100 MeV drift tube linac. One downside of the chopping process is that the majority of the beam produced by the ion source during the WNR macro-pulses is discarded. By applying a longitudinal bunching action immediately following the ion source, simulations have shown that some of this discarded beam can be used to increase the charge in these micro-pulses. Recently, we began an effort to develop this buncher by superimposing 16.77 MHz RF voltage on one of the HVDC electrodes in the 80 kV column located inside H- Cockcroft-Walton dome. This paper describes the beam dynamics simulations, design and implementation of the rf hardware and the results of tests performed with the system.

WEPMS023 Progress on New High Power RF System for LANSCE DTL 2382
  • J. T.M. Lyles, S. Archuletta, D. Baca, J. Davis, D. Rees, P. A. Torrez
    LANL, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  Funding: Work supported by the United States Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Agency, under contract DE-AC52-06NA25396

A new 200 MHz RF system is being developed for the LANSCE proton drift tube linac (DTL). A planned upgrade will replace parts of the DTL RF system with new generation components. When installed for the LANSCE-R project, the new system will reduce the total number of electron power tubes from twenty-four to seven in the DTL plant. The 3.4 MW final power amplifier will use a Thales TH628 Diacrode. This state-of-the-art device eliminates the large anode modulator of the present triode system, and will be driven by a new tetrode intermediate power amplifier. In this mode of operation, this intermediate stage will provide 150 kW of peak power. The first DTL tank requires up to 400 kW of RF power, which will be provided by the same tetrode driver amplifier. A prototype system is being constructed to test components, using some of the infrastructure from previous RF projects. High voltage DC power became available through innovative re-engineering of an installed system. A summary of the design and construction of the intermediate power amplifier will be presented and test results will be summarized.

WEPMS029 LANSCE RF System Refurbishment 2400
  • D. Rees, G. O. Bolme, J. T. Bradley III, S. Kwon, J. T.M. Lyles, M. T. Lynch, M. S. Prokop, W. Reass, K. A. Young
    LANL, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  The Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) is in the planning phase of a refurbishment project that will sustain reliable facility operations well into the next decade. The LANSCE accelerator was constructed in the late 1960s and early 1970s and is a national user facility that provides pulsed protons and spallation neutrons for defense and civilian research and applications. The refurbishment will focus on systems that are approaching 'end of life' and systems where modern upgrades hold the promise for significant operating cost savings. The current baseline consists of replacing all the 201 MHz RF systems, upgrading a substantial fraction of the 805 MHz RF systems to high efficiency klystrons, replacing the high voltage systems, and replacing the low level RF cavity field control systems. System designs will be presented. The performance improvements will be described and the preliminary cost and schedule estimates will be discussed.  
WEPMS033 LANSCE 201 MHz and 805 MHz RF System Experience 2412
  • K. A. Young, G. O. Bolme, J. T.M. Lyles, M. T. Lynch, E. P. Partridge, D. Rees
    LANL, Los Alamos, New Mexico
  Funding: Work supported by the United States Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Agency, under contract DE-AC52-06NA25396

The LANSCE RF system consists of four RF stations at 201 MHz and 44 klystrons at 805 MHz. In the LANSCE accelerator, the beam source is injected into the RF system at 0.75 MeV. The beam is then accelerated to 100 MeV in four drift tube linac (DTL) tanks, driven at 201.25 MHz. Each 201 MHz RF system consists of a train of amplifiers, including a solid state amplifier, a tetrode, and then at triode. After the DTL, the beam is accelerated from 100 MeV to 800 MeV in the forty-four coupled cavity linac (CCL) tanks at 805 MHz. The machine operates with a normal RF pulse width of 835 microseconds at a repetition rate up to 120 Hz, and sometimes operates with a pulse width up to 1.2 microseconds for single pulses. This RF system has been operating for about 37 years. This paper summarizes the recent operational experience. The reliability of the 805 MHz and 201 MHz RF systems is discussed, and a summary the lifetime data of the 805 MHz klystrons and 201 MHz triodes is presented.