M.J. Bums

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, California, United States

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    ABSTRACT: The Dual-Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamics Test (DARHT) facility will employ two perpendicular electron linear induction accelerators to produce intense, bremsstrahlung X-ray pulses for flash radiography. We intend to produce measurements containing three-dimensional information with sub-millimeter spatial resolution of the interior features of very dense, explosively-driven objects. The facility will be completed in two phases with the first phase having become operational in July 1999 utilizing a single-pulse, 20-MeV, 2 -kA, 60-ns accelerator, a high-resolution electrooptical X-ray imaging system, and other hydrodynamics testing systems. The second phase will be operational in 2004 and features the addition of a 20-MeV, 2-kA, 2-microsecond accelerator. Four short electron micropulses of variable pulse-width and spacing will be chopped out of the original, long accelerator pulse for producing time-resolved X-ray images. The second phase also features an extended, high-resolution electro-optical X-ray system with a framing speed of 1.6-MHz. Production of the first beam from the Phase 2 injector will occur this year. In this paper we will present the overall design of the Phase 2 long-pulse injector and accelerator as well as some component test results. We will also discuss the downstream transport section that contains the fast kicker used to separate the long-pulse beam into short bursts suitable for radiography as well as the X-ray conversion target assembly. Selected experimental results from this area of the project will also be included. Finally, we will discuss our plans for initial operations
    Full-text · Conference Paper · Feb 2001