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A 200 MHz 35 MW Multiple Beam Klystron for Accelerator Applications Final Report

Description: Calabazas Creek Research, Inc. (CCR) performed initial development of a compact and reliable 35 MW, multiple beam klystron (MBK) at 200 MHz with a pulse length of 0.125 ms and a 30 Hz repetition rate. The device was targeted for acceleration and ionization cooling of a muon collider, but there are several other potential applications in this frequency range. The klystron uses multiple beams propagating in individual beam tunnels to reduce space charge and allow reduction in the accelerating voltage. This allows a significant reduction in length over a single beam source. More importantly this allows more efficient and less expensive power supplies. At 200 MHz, the interaction circuit for a single beam klystron would be more than six meters long to obtain 50% efficiency and 50 dB gain. This would require a beam voltage of approximately 400 kV and current of 251 A for a microperveance of 1.0. For an eight beam MBK with the same beam perveance, a three meter long interaction circuit achieves the same power and gain. Each beam operates at 142 kV and 70A. The Phase I demonstrated that this device could be fabricated with funding available in a Phase II program and could achieve the program specifications.
Date: November 28, 2011
Creator: Ives, R. Lawrence; Read, Michael; Ferguson, Patrick & Marsden, David
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Development of a 50 MW Multiple Beam Klystron

Description: The goal of this program was to develop a 50 MW, multiple beam klystron at 11.424 GHz. The device uses eight electron guns and beam lines to achieve the required power level at a beam voltage of 190 kV, consistent with solid state power supplies. The electron gun operates with confined flow focusing, which is unique among current multiple beam sources, and allows operation at power levels consistent with producing 10s of MWs of pulsed RF power. The circuit consists of a ring resonator input cavity, eight sets of buncher cavities, and a ring resonator output cavity. The RF output power is coupled into four rectangular waveguides equally spaced around the klystron. Eight individual collectors absorb the spent beam power in each beam. The klystron operates in a solenoid. The principle challenges in the design included development of the beam optics using confined flow focusing, shaping of the magnetic field in the gun region to avoid beam spiraling, coupling input power equally to all eight beam lines from a single input, and obtaining the required frequency and Q in the output cavity. The mechanical design was particularly complex due to the large parts count, number of braze and weld joints, and close proximity of the beam lines that limited access. Addressing vacuum leaks and cold testing the complex structures was particularly troublesome. At the conclusion of the program, the klystron is experiencing several vacuum leaks that are under repair. Efforts will continue to seal and test the klystron.
Date: October 31, 2007
Creator: Ives, R Lawrence; Ferguson, Patrick; Read, Michael & Collins, George
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Final Report 200 MW L-Band Annular Beam Klystron for Accelerators

Description: This program developed a 200 MW, 1.3 GHz, Annular Beam Klystron (ABK) for accelerator systems. An ABK provides lower impedance than a conventional klystron, making it possible to produce higher RF powers with lower voltages. With a higher power per unit, fewer klystrons would be required for a large accelerator. Lower voltage also simplifies and reduces the cost of the power supply system. Both features will significantly lower the cost of an RF system. This device operates at 475 kV. The klystron uses a magnetron injection gun producing 1100 A in one microsecond pulses. Power is extracted into fundamental rectangular waveguide through two output windows. The predicted gain is approximately 45 dB with estimated efficiency of 45%. The klystron was assembled, but no facility was available for testing. Consequently, no high power performance measurements are available. Because the assembled klystron is approximately 15 feet long, it was disassembled for storage. It can be reassembled should a use materialize.
Date: February 11, 2009
Creator: Read, Michael; Ferguson, Patrick; Ives, Lawrence; Song, Liqun; Carlsten, Bruce & Fazio, Michael
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Final Technical Report

Description: Calabazas Creek Research Inc. (CCR) completed Phase I the development of a 10 MW, 1.3 GHz, annular beam klystron (ABK) for driving advanced accelerators, such as the International Linear Collider (ILC). Through detailed simulations in Phase I, CCR produced a design that meets all of the requirements for ILC. The ABK uses an annular beam to minimize space charge depression and the impedance. This allows the relatively low voltage of 120 kV specified for the International Linear Collider (ILC). Like the sheet beam klystron, the ABK uses a thin beam located close to the drift tube walls; however, it operates with lower risk, single mode cavities. In addition, it is azimuthally symmetric, dramatically reducing design and fabrication costs. It provides the same operating characteristics as a multi-beam klystron, but is far simpler and will be easier and less expensive to fabricate.
Date: May 17, 2010
Creator: Read, Michael; Ives, R. Lawrence & Ferguson, Patrick
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