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Partridge, E. P.

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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.