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Magnetron Test System Under Construction

CCR is making good progress inSystem Model 1 assembling a 100 kW RF magnetron RF source system with phase and amplitude control. This will provide  lower cost  RF power than currently available from klystrons, with a significant increase in efficiency.  The system uses a phase modulated locking signal to provide amplitude control when driving high Q accelerator cavities.  The initial test will determine the magnitude of the RF signal required to lock the magnetron. This will provide information to replace the existing klystron driver with a solid state driver.

The system consists of the magnetron, circulator, RF driver, coolant system, PLC-based interlock system, driver power supply, and diagnostic instrumentation. It is anticipated the system will be completed near the end of July with high power testing scheduled for mid-August.  Following tests at CCR, the system will be tested with a superconducting cavity at Fermi National Laboratory . CCR intends to market this system as an economical source of RF power for superconducting accelerators.

Brewster Window Under Test at General Atomics

CCR’s 1.5 MW CW Brewster Window is currently being tested at General Atomics using a gyrotron at the DIII-D tokamak facility. The window is installed in transmission line between the Mirror Optical Unit (MOU) and high power load. The tests are characterizing the performance, including reflection and potential mode conversion and will eventually transmit the highest RF power level available from the gyrotron. Cameras will  look for arcing and power deposition in the CVD diamond window. Testing will Labeled Window Installationcontinue for the next couple of months, depending on availability of the gyrotron and associated power supplies. Test results will be presented at the IR & MM-Wave Conference in Copenhagen in September.

C-Band Multiple Beam Klystron Shipped

Calabazas Creek Research, Inc. shipped a 125 kW, C-Band klystron with 18 beams. This is the culmination of an 18-month development program to build a wide-band, low voltage klystron. The tube operates at 25 kV with a bandwidth exceeding 6%. It uses controlled porosity reservoir cathodes and includes an extended interaction output cavity. The klystron is currently being installed for high power testing at the customer’s site. C-Band MBK

1.5 MW RF Load Reflector Testing

Testing has begun on the RF reflector drive system for CCR’s new, 1.5 MW CW, RF load for gyrotrons. The new design eliminates rotating seals and bearings. The reflector is mounted to a hollow shaft passing through a stainless steel bellows that supports the reflector and provides water cooling. An external motor swings the reflector around the waveguide launcher that delivers RF power to the load. The reflector sweeps the RF power around the load interior, preventing excessive power densities and standing modes inside the structure.
The new design meets specifications for ITER, the international fusion reactor now under construction in France. Approximately 24 loads will be required for the initial phase.
The video below shows life testing of the the reflector support assembly. A dummy cone on the shaft duplicates the weight of the copper, water-cooled cone that will be used in the actual load.

Beam Optics Analyzer Version 6.3 Released

BOA x-ray device image

During the past several months, we’ve been extensively testing BOA beta version 6.3 and it is now ready for primetime. It uses the latest Simmetrix solid model and meshing libraries and the most recent DisLin plotting library for portability and implementation of UI interfaces. New features are listed below. More detailed information is available in the Release Notes at http://calcreek.com/products/software/.

New features in BOA v6.3 include:
• Option to use Inverse Cumulative Density Function technique for thermal effects in thermionic emission,
• More intuitive and simplified menu for beam optics display pane, especially for model background and symmetries,
• Models with built-in symmetries can now be specified.
• Both global and project level persistent preferences can be set via File, Options and View, User View Preferences, respectively,
• Parallel IO particle data are now available,
• Ability to plot images of power density from a 3D surface in either color or gray scale. Display power density on 3D surfaces in either color or gray scale,
• Plot emittances or brightnesses along a global or arbitrary axis.
• Injection of particles with arbitrary coordinates without specifying an injection plane in model. This is convenient for multipactoring ePIC simulations.

Photocathode Fabrication Coming On-Line

Photocathode fabrication chamber with vacuum suitcase
Figure 1. Photocathode fabrication chamber with vacuum suitcase

CCR is nearing completion of its photocathode fabrication chamber. The main chamber was assembled and baked in March. The vacuum suitcase was assembled and is currently being baked. Figure 1 shows a photo of the chamber with the suitcase attached.
During the next couple of weeks we’ll be installing the support for the sputtering source and the internal support for the photocathode being processed. We also need to mount the laser and connect the picoammeter. We had a small setback when problems arose with our turbo pump. That’s now been replaced, and we’re moving forward again.
We’ll first fabricate cesium antimonide photocathodes. The antimony source will be installed in the next couple of weeks. We still need to assemble the first test photocathode with parts in stock. I’m hoping we can fabricate our first cathode by the end of November.
This program is funded by U.S. Department of Energy Grant No. DE-SC00009583.