Development and tests of fast 1-MA linear transformer driver stages

A. A. Kim, M. G. Mazarakis, V. A. Sinebryukhov, B. M. Kovalchuk, V. A. Visir, S. N. Volkov, F. Bayol, A. N. Bastrikov, V. G. Durakov, S. V. Frolov, V. M. Alexeenko, D. H. McDaniel, W. E. Fowler, K. Lechien, C. Olson, W. A. Stygar, K. W. Struve, J. Porter, R. M. Gilgenbach

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    In this article we present the design and test results of the most powerful, fast linear transformer driver (LTD) stage developed to date. This 1-MA LTD stage consists of 40 parallel RLC (resistor R, inductor L, and capacitor C) circuits called "bricks" that are triggered simultaneously; it is able to deliver ∼1MA current pulse with a rise time of ∼100ns into the ∼0.1-Ohm matched load. The electrical behavior of the stage can be predicted by using a simple RLC circuit, thus simplifying the designing of various LTD-based accelerators. Five 1-MA LTD stages assembled in series into a module have been successfully tested with both resistive and vacuum electron-beam diode loads.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number050402
    JournalPhysical Review Special Topics - Accelerators and Beams
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2009

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
    • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
    • Surfaces and Interfaces

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