Advanced Manufacturing, Electronics and Microsystems: TechConnect Briefs 2015Advanced Manufacturing, Electronics and Microsystems TechConnect Briefs 2015

Advanced Manufacturing Chapter 1

Industrial Accelerators – Beyond Transformers and Cyclotrons, More Power

T.K. Kroc, R.D. Kephart
Fermilab, United States

pp. 13 - 16

Keywords: accelerators, high power, industrial

Any device used in industrial applications requires simplicity, versatility, robustness and always – more power. To meet the first three of these requirements, “high power” industrial accelerators have been based on transformers or cyclotrons, but have limitations on the power that they can produce. In contrast, RF cavity-based accelerators developed for the nation’s physics community have been complex, fragile, and also limited in power. However, today the nation’s physics programs have evolved into needing accelerators with industrial-type requirements – long running periods, with little downtime, simpler operations. And now these accelerators are truly high power; solidly into the megawatt range. Advances in design, materials, and supporting technologies have matured to the point that RF cavity-based accelerators are ready to push industrial accelerators to the next level. This presentation will illustrate these new developments and new capabilities to stimulate ideas for new applications.