Overview and status of the dual-axis radiographic hydrodynamics test (DARHT) facility

M. Burns, H. Davis, C. Ekdahl, C. Fortgang, H. Kirbie, T. McCuistian, K. Nielsen, K. Chow, W. Fawley, H. Rutkowski, W. Waldron, S. Yu, George J Caporaso, Y. J. Chen, E. Cook, J. Watson

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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 electro-optical x-ray imaging system, and other hydrodynamics testing systems. We will describe this machine and discuss its current operating status. The first electron beams will be generated in the second phase of DARHT this year. The second DARHT accelerator consists of a 18.4-MeV, 2-kA, 2-microsecond pulse-width 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 about 2-MHz. We will discuss this accelerator by summarizing the overall design of the long-pulse injector and accelerator as well as some component test results. We will also discuss the fast kicker used to separate the long-pulse beam into short bursts suitable for radiography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Conference Record of Power Modulator Symposium
EditorsL. Gordon
Pages97-101
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventConference Record of the Twenty-Fifth International Power Modulator Symposium and 2002 High-Voltage Workshop - Hollywood, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 30 2002Jul 3 2002

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OtherConference Record of the Twenty-Fifth International Power Modulator Symposium and 2002 High-Voltage Workshop
CountryUnited States
CityHollywood, CA
Period6/30/027/3/02

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Burns, M., Davis, H., Ekdahl, C., Fortgang, C., Kirbie, H., McCuistian, T., Nielsen, K., Chow, K., Fawley, W., Rutkowski, H., Waldron, W., Yu, S., Caporaso, G. J., Chen, Y. J., Cook, E., & Watson, J. (2002). Overview and status of the dual-axis radiographic hydrodynamics test (DARHT) facility. In L. Gordon (Ed.), IEEE Conference Record of Power Modulator Symposium (pp. 97-101)