Strong Focusing Cyclotron and Its Applications Academic Article uri icon


  • 2014 IEEE. A Strong Focusing cyclotron has been developed by the Accelerator Research Lab at Texas A&M to produce up to 10 mA of proton beam at 800 MeV. The cyclotron has several innovations that allow it to achieve such high levels of power. The first is the superconducting RF cavities that provide sufficient gain to separate the orbits by a minimum of 6 cm. This space allows for beam transport channels to be place along every orbit and provide continuous quadrupole focusing. Additionally, a trim dipole is added to the channel to allow for corrections to the main dipole. This document will show the new BTC design that allows for the cyclotron to be greatly simplified. The main dipole is kept below saturation and is shaped to levitate the poles. The main dipole, along with the RF cavity, are designed such that several cyclotrons could be stacked on top of one another. This design provides the high power beam required for several applications. These applications include accelerator driven systems, neutron damage facilities, and medical isotope production. Texas A&M has developed two designs for ADS fission: an isoburner and an isobreeder. Both of these designs will be expounded on within the document. A design for a neutron damage facility and it capabilities are presented as well as a medical isotope production design. The SFC has great potential to revolutionize these fields and be of great service to the US.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Pogue, N., Chavez, D., Kellams, J., McIntyre, P., & Sattarov, A.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Pogue, Nathaniel||Chavez, Daniel||Kellams, Joshua||McIntyre, Peter||Sattarov, Akhdiyor

publication date

  • June 2015