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Stagger tuning of accelerator cavities, or blocks of cavities, can significantly enhance the achievable charge transfer through an electron linac operating in the stored-energy mode. The output bremsstrahlung flux can be increased over a conventional approach by an order of magnitude without any significant degradation in emittance growth or energy spread. Given a suitable injector, a 1500-rad/pulse, 50-MeV radiographic linac appears to be practical at a 400-MHz operating frequency; a 150-rad/pulse, 50-MeV radiographic linac will operate at 1300 MHz. A multidimensional study was made using the PARMELA code where several parameters, including beam current, synchronous phase angle, and beam radius, were varied while observing the effects on emittance and transmission efficiency.
Date of Publication: Aug. 1983