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Beam Optics Analyzer

Overview

BOA is designed to import geometrical data from 3D CAD programs producing ACIS or ParaSolid output files. This includes almost all commercially available CAD programs. Users should consult the BOA User Manual for proper setup of the geometry files and operation of BOA. To run the Optimizer in BOA requires having SolidWorks 2008 or later and Microsoft Excel.

BOA Platforms

BOA, version 8.5 and later is built to run on these versions of Microsoft Windows: Windows 10 and 11. Version 8.5 and later support only 64-bit platform. The installer of BOA version 6.1 and up to 8.0 unifies the platform to include both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms. It will detect the PC platform and install the appropriate version. Existing users of v 6.0 and earlier are required to remove their existing version first before installing v7.0 and later.

BOA version 8.0 has two additional features (1) to scan for beam currents with various combination of electrode potentials (2) to use Shapelet method to interpolate and smooth current/power density locally deposited by particles. Please refer to the Release Notes for more details.

BOA version 7.5 also comes with two versions, 32 bit and 64 bit and automatically installed a proper version on your PC. Please refer to the Release Notes for more details.

BOA version 6.5 or earlier is no longer supported and available for download. They did come in two versions, one for 32-bit and one for 64-bit computers.  Thus, for v6.0 or earlier, please make sure you select the correct version of BOA to install on your machine.  If you don’t know which version to install, go the Start Menu, choose “Run…”, type “cmd” in the edit box and hit OK.  A command prompt window will appear.  Type the word “set” and hit enter.  The command prompt window will display a long list of entries.  If this list includes “PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE=x86”, you have a 32-bit computer and should download the x86 version of BOA.  If the list says “PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE=AMD64”, you have a 64-bit computer and should download the x64 version of B

Installation Instructions

Download the latest BOA Version 8.5: Support only x64 platform, click on Download BOA Version 8.5. You will have the option to Open or Save the installer.  If you choose Open, the installer will directly install BOA to any location on your computer that you specify.  If you choose Save, you will be able to download the BOA installer to any location on your computer and install BOA later at your convenience.  Once you have downloaded the installer, simply double-click the file to proceed with the installation

Download the BOA Version 8.0: To download the file for either x86 or x64 platform, click on Download BOA Version 8.0. You will have the option to Open or Save the installer.  If you choose Open, the installer will directly install BOA to any location on your computer that you specify.  If you choose Save, you will be able to download the BOA installer to any location on your computer and install BOA later at your convenience.  Once you have downloaded the installer, simply double-click the file to proceed with the installatio

Download the BOA Version 7.5: To download the file for either x86 or x64 platform, click on Download BOA Version 7.5. You will have the option to Open or Save the installer.  If you choose Open, the installer will directly install BOA to any location on your computer that you specify.  If you choose Save, you will be able to download the BOA installer to any location on your computer and install BOA later at your convenience.  Once you have downloaded the installer, simply double-click the file to proceed with the installatio

Download the latest BOA Version 7.0: To download the file for either x86 or x64 platform, click on Download BOA Version 7.0. You will have the option to Open or Save the installer.  If you choose Open, the installer will directly install BOA to any location on your computer that you specify.  If you choose Save, you will be able to download the BOA installer to any location on your computer and install BOA later at your convenience.  Once you have downloaded the installer, simply double-click the file to proceed with the installation.

George Collins

George Collins is the Operations Manager, responsible for part procurement, fabrication, assembly, tests, and laboratory operations. He is highly skilled in SolidWorks and approves all mechanical designs in the company. He’s the primary interface with suppliers and vendors and ensures timely delivery and high quality of procured and machined products. He is responsible for high voltage and electron beam processing, including bakeout, hi-potting, and cathode activation. He is highly skilled in precision assembly involving complex interfaces and tight tolerance bonds. He is a major contributor to the mechanical design of all CCR products.

David Marsden

David Marsden is the company’s mechanical designer, responsible for transitioning advanced electron beam and electromagnetic devices from computational models to fabricated devices. He is highly skilled in 3D design and analysis using SolidWorks. Prior to joining CCR in 2001, Mr. Marsden worked as a Senior Mechanical Designer/Department Supervisor at Communications & Power Industries (Palo Alto, CA) and as a Senior Mechanical Designer/CAD Operator at Varian Associates, Inc. (Palo Alto, CA). Since joining CCR, he’s designed gyrotrons, multiple, sheet, and single beam klystrons, traveling wave tubes, multiple beam inductive output tubes, multiple beam power grid tubes, electron guns from a few kV to more than 250 kV, RF loads up to 2 MW, and many RF windows and waveguide components. He is highly skilled in ceramic bonding techniques and designs braze, electron beam, laser beam, tungsten arc, and diffusion bonded joints. Essentially all CCR products are high vacuum devices.

Thuc Bui

Thuc Bui (M’03) received the M.S. from the University of California at Berkeley and Engineer degree in Applied Mechanics from Stanford University. He has performed extensive research in finite element methods and developed and implemented three-dimensional, linear, tetrahedral and hexahedral elements to solve problems in elasticity and compressible fluids and supersonic flows. He is currently using object-oriented programming techniques and finite element methods to solve charged particle beams problems. Mr. Bui is also an experienced user of the finite element codes Marc, Ansys, Ansoft’s Maxwell 2D, Ansoft’s High Frequency Structure Simulator (HFSS), and the finite difference codes Poisson, Superfish, and xgun. He designed several products, including the inductive output tubes (IOTs) electron guns, input and output cavities, and state-of-the-art collectors dissipating 3.5 kW/in2 power densities. Mr. Bui is the principle author of Beam Optics Analyzer and developed the particle pusher, emission algorithms, electric and nonlinear magnetic field solvers and the integration of the mesh generator. He also implemented emission of thermal electrons, temperature limited emission algorithms, self magnetic field calculations, magnetic-to-electric mesh interpolation, variable time stepping algorithms, space charge deposition routines, non-uniform cathode emission, space charge neutralization, and analysis of injected beams.

Thomas Habermann, PH.D.

Quality Assurance

Dr. Habermann received a Ph.D. (Dr. rer. nat.) in Physics from the University of Wuppertal (Germany) in 1999, where he conducted research in field emission. He investigated carbon nanotubes, CVD diamond thin films, diamond-coated silicon microstructures for cold cathode applications, as well as researched the basic mechanisms of ‘parasitic’ field emission impacting superconducting RF cavities used in particle accelerators. From 2000 to 2019 he worked at Communications and Power Industries in Palo Alto, CA, on the development and manufacturing of klystrons. Dr. Habermann managed multiple programs to develop, produce and deliver prototypes or initial production runs of new vacuum electron devices. He contributed to numerous programs within the company and provided engineering support in production. In 2019 Dr. Habermann joined Calabazas Creek Research where he is supporting various R&D programs. He is also responsible for the company’s Quality Assurance.

Lawrence Ives, PH.D.

President & Founder

Lawrence Ives received the Ph.D. degree in Plasma Physics in 1984 and joined Varian Associates, Inc. as a gyrotron engineer. In 1986 he became manager of the High Power Klystron Department, which was responsible for klystron development and production from UHF through C-Band. Dr. Ives founded Calabazas Creek Research, Inc. in 1994 and led development of high power RF loads, multiple beam and sheet beam klystrons, backward wave oscillators, gyrotrons, TWTs, inductive output tubes, controlled porosity reservoir cathodes, advanced electron guns, high power RF windows, reservoir photocathodes, and advanced coatings for emission suppression and corrosion mitigation. He is currently developing multiple beam grid tubes, advanced multipactor coating processes, and gyrotron couplers, as well as integrating 3D printing into high power RF products.

Michael Read, PH.D.

Chief Scientist

Dr. Michael Read – Dr. Read received his Ph.D. in 1976 from Cornell University in Electrical Engineering and Plasma Physics. He worked at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and from 1983 to 1986 was head of the Gyrotron Oscillators and Plasma Interactions Section of Plasma Physics Division. In October 1986, he joined Physical Sciences Inc., where he became Manager of the Electromagnetic Technology Area. Dr. Read joined Calabazas Creek Research in 1999, where he is Chief Scientist and responsible for electron gun, magnetics, and RF circuit design. He is currently leading development of a multiple beam electron gun for a Ka-Band TWT, a 100 kW CW L-Band ultra-high efficiency klystron, and a high power phase-locked magnetron.