Advanced superconducting electron cyclotron resonance ion source SECRAL: Design, construction, and the first test result

Zhao, H. W.; Sun, L. T.; Zhang, X. Z.; Zhang, Z. M.; Guo, X. H.; He, W.; Yuan, P.; Song, M. T.; Li, J. Y.; Feng, Y. C.; Cao, Y.; Li, X. X.; Zhan, W. L.; Wei, B. W.; Xie, D. Z.
March 2006
Review of Scientific Instruments;Mar2006, Vol. 77 Issue 3, p03A333
Academic Journal
Superconducting electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion source with advanced design in Lanzhou (SECRAL) is a next generation ECR ion source and aims for developing a very compact superconducting ECR ion source with a structure and high performances for highly charged ion-beam production. The ion source was designed to be operated at 18 GHz at initial operation and finally will be extended to 28 GHz. The superconducting magnet confinement configuration of the ion source consists of three axial solenoid coils and six sextupole coils with a cold iron structure as field booster and clamping. At full excitation, this magnet assembly can produce peak mirror fields on the axis of 3.6 T at injection, 2.2 T at extraction, and a radial sextupole field of 2.0 T at plasma chamber wall. What is different from the traditional design, such as LBNL VENUS and LNS SERSE, is that the three axial solenoid coils are located inside of the sextupole bore in order to reduce the interaction forces between the sextupole coils and the solenoid coils. SECRAL may open the way for building a compact and high-performance 18–28 GHz superconducting ECR ion source. Very preliminary commissioning results are promising. Detailed design, construction issues and very preliminary test results of the ion source at 18 GHz are presented.


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