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1 MeV, ampere class accelerator R&D for ITER

Inoue, Takashi; Kashiwagi, Mieko; Taniguchi, Masaki; Dairaku, Masayuki; Hanada, Masaya; Watanabe, Kazuhiro; Sakamoto, Keishi

Nuclear Fusion, 46(6), p.S379 - S385, 2006/06

 Times Cited Count:33 Percentile:75.73(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

The JAERI MeV accelerator has been designed extrapolating vacuum insulation design guidelines (the clump theory and Paschen law) to Mega Volt and long vacuum gap. Reduction of electric field concentration at triple junction by a large stress ring was effective to prevent flashover along insulator surface. By the vacuum insulation technology above, the accelerator sustained 1 MV for 8,500 s continuously. Strong enhancement of negative ion surface production has been attained by stopping vacuum leaks due to SF$$_{6}$$ permeation through Viton O rings and a damage of port by backstream ions, followed by increase of the H$$^{-}$$ ion current density without saturation. Operating the KAMABOKO source with high power arc discharge ($$leq$$ 40 kW), H$$^{-}$$ ion beams of 146 A/m$$^{2}$$ (total ion current: 0.2 A) have been obtained stably at the beam energy of 836 keV (pulse length: $$geq$$ 0.2 s). Bremsstrahlung generation in the accelerator is also estimated from EGS4 analysis, and then discussion on the breakdown possibility follows.

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Design study of a neutral beam injector for fusion DEMO plant at JAERI

Inoue, Takashi; Hanada, Masaya; Kashiwagi, Mieko; Nishio, Satoshi; Sakamoto, Keishi; Sato, Masayasu; Taniguchi, Masaki; Tobita, Kenji; Watanabe, Kazuhiro; DEMO Plant Design Team

Fusion Engineering and Design, 81(8-14), p.1291 - 1297, 2006/02

 Times Cited Count:10 Percentile:59.81(Nuclear Science & Technology)

Requirement and technical issues of the neutral beam inejctor (NBI) is discussed for fusion DEMO plant. The NBI for the fusion DEMO plant should be high efficiency, high energy and high reliability with long life. From the view point of high efficiency, use of conventional electrostatic accelerator is realistic. Due to operation under radiation environment, vacuum insulation is essential in the accelerator. According to the insulation design guideline, it was clarified that the beam energy of 1.5$$sim$$2 MeV is possible in the accelerator. Development of filamentless, and cesium free ion source is required, based on the existing high current/high current density negative ion production technology. The gas neutralization is not applicable due to its low efficiency (60%). R&D on an advanced neutralization scheme such as plasma neutralization (efficiency: $$>$$80%) is required. Recently, development of cw high power semiconductor laser is in progress. The paper shows a conceptual design of a high efficiency laser neutralizer utilizing the new semiconductor laser array.

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R&D on a high energy accelerator and a large negative ion source for ITER

Inoue, Takashi; Taniguchi, Masaki; Morishita, Takatoshi; Dairaku, Masayuki; Hanada, Masaya; Imai, Tsuyoshi*; Kashiwagi, Mieko; Sakamoto, Keishi; Seki, Takayoshi*; Watanabe, Kazuhiro

Nuclear Fusion, 45(8), p.790 - 795, 2005/08

The R&D of a 1 MeV accelerator and a large negative ion source have been carried out at JAERI. The paper presents following progress as a step toward ITER NB system. (1) Accelerator R&D: According to success in improvement of voltage holding capability, the acceleration test of H$$^{-}$$ ions up to 1 MeV class energy is in progress. H$$^{-}$$ ion beams of 1 MeV, 100 mA class have been generated with a substantial beam current density (100 A/m$$^{2}$$), and the current density is still increasing by the ion source tuning. (2) Large ion source R&D: One of major causes that limited the NB injection performance was spatial unifomity of negative ion production in existing negative-ion based NB systems. The present study revealed that the negative ions produced in the extraction region of the source were locally destructed by fast electrons leaking through magnetic filter. Some countermeasures and their test results are also described.

Journal Articles

R&D on a high energy accelerator and a large negative ion source for ITER

Inoue, Takashi; Taniguchi, Masaki; Morishita, Takatoshi; Dairaku, Masayuki; Hanada, Masaya; Imai, Tsuyoshi*; Kashiwagi, Mieko; Sakamoto, Keishi; Seki, Takayoshi*; Watanabe, Kazuhiro

Nuclear Fusion, 45(8), p.790 - 795, 2005/08

 Times Cited Count:22 Percentile:60.74(Physics, Fluids & Plasmas)

The R&D of a 1 MeV accelerator and a large negative ion source has been carried out at JAERI for the ITER NB system. The R&D is in progress at present toward: (1) 1 MeV acceleration of H$$^{-}$$ ion beams at the ITER relevant current density of 200 A/m$$^{2}$$, and (2) improvement of uniform negative ion production over wide extraction area in large negative ion sources. Recently, H$$^{-}$$ ion beams of 1 MeV, 140 mA level have been generated with a substantial beam current density (100 A/m$$^{2}$$). In the uniformity study, it has been clarified that electron temperature in the ion extraction region is locally high ($$>$$ 1 eV), which resulted in destruction of negative ions at a high reaction rate. Interception of fast electrons leaking through a transverse magnetic field called "magnetic filter" has been found effective to lower the local electron temperature, followed by an improvement of negative ion beam profile.

JAEA Reports

R&D on high power negative ion sources and accelerators for a neutral beam injector

Inoue, Takashi

JAERI-Research 2005-006, 87 Pages, 2005/03

JAERI-Research-2005-006.pdf:10.53MB

Negative ion sources and accelerators have been developed toward the ITER neutral beam injector (NBI). According to an analysis of negative ion surface production, the "KAMABOKO" ion source has been developed maximizing its volume/surface ratio, for fast electron confinement followed by enhancement of atomic density. An "external filter" is equipped in the source, to suppress ion destruction by the fast electrons with efficient diffusion of the atoms to ion extraction region. H$$^{-}$$ ions of 300 A/m$$^{2}$$ was extracted at the pressure of 0.3 Pa. For the accelerator, vacuum insulation technology has been developed since insulation gas such as SF$$_{6}$$ is not applicable under radiation environment. Considering pressure in the accelerator (0.02$$sim$$0.2 Pa), insulation guideline has been developed for both vacuum arc and glow discharges. Reduction of electric field stress at triple junction was effective to prevent flashover along insulator surface. H$$^{-}$$ ion beams of 900 keV and 80 A/m$$^{2}$$ (total ion current: 0.11 A) were obtained for several hundred shots.

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