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  • Main Title The Physics Analysis of a Gas Attenuator with Argon as a Working Gas (Rev. 1)


  • Author: Ryutov, D D
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Bionta, R M
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: McKernan, M A
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Shen, S
    Creator Type: Personal
  • Author: Trent, J W
    Creator Type: Personal


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization


  • Name: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Place of Publication: Livermore, California
    Additional Info: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Livermore, CA


  • Creation: 2006-01-03


  • English


  • Content Description: A gas attenuator is an important element of the LCLS facility. The attenuator has to operate in a broad range of x-ray energies, provide attenuation coefficient between 1 and 10{sup 4} with the accuracy of 1% and, at the same time, be reliable and allow for many months of un-interrupted operation. A detailed design study of the attenuator based on the use of nitrogen as a working gas has been recently carried out by S. Shen [1]. In this note we assess the features of the attenuator based on the use of argon. We concentrate on the physics issues; the design features will probably be not that different from the aforementioned nitrogen attenuator. Although specific results obtained in our note pertain to argon, the general framework (and many equations obtained) are applicable also to the nitrogen attenuator. In the past, an analysis of the attenuator based on the use of a noble gas has already been carried out [2]. This analysis was performed for an extremely stringent set of specifications. In particular, a very large diameter for the unobstructed x-ray beam was set (1 cm) to accommodate the spontaneous radiation; the attenuator was supposed to cover the whole range of energies of the coherent radiation, from 800 eV to 8000 eV; the maximum attenuation was set at the level of 10{sup 4}; the use of solid attenuators was not allowed, as well as the use of rotating shutters. The need to reach a sufficient absorption at the high-energy end of the spectrum predetermined the choice of Xe as the working gas (in order to have a reasonable absorption at a not-too-high pressure). A sophisticated differential pumping system that included a Penning-type ion pump was suggested in order to minimize the gas leak into the undulator/accelerator part of the facility. A high cost of xenon meant also that an efficient (and expensive) gas-recovery system would have to be installed. The main parameter that determined the high cost and the complexity of the system was a large radius of the orifice. The present viewpoint allows for much smaller size of the orifice, a = 1.5 mm. The use of solid attenuators is also allowed for a higher-energy end of the spectrum. It is, therefore, worthwhile to reconsider various parameters of the gas attenuator for these much less stringent conditions. As a working gas we consider now the argon, which, on the one hand, provides reasonable absorption lengths and, on the other hand, is inexpensive enough to be exhausted into the atmosphere (no need for recovery). We concentrate on the processes in the main attenuation cell and just outside it, not touching upon a performance of the differential pumping system. The graphs presented in this report can serve for a general orientation only, not for getting exact numerical values of various parameters.
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  • Keyword: Orientation
  • Keyword: Attenuation
  • Keyword: Absorption
  • Keyword: Specifications
  • Keyword: Pumping
  • Keyword: Coherent Radiation
  • Keyword: Argon
  • Keyword: Physics
  • Keyword: Xenon
  • Keyword: Design
  • STI Subject Categories: 71 Classical And Quantum Mechanics, General Physics
  • Keyword: Nitrogen
  • Keyword: Performance
  • Keyword: Accuracy
  • Keyword: Shutters


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • Report No.: UCRL-TR-217980
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-48
  • DOI: 10.2172/898434
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 898434
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc879188