A.K. MITRA, R.L. POIRIER, R.E. LAXDAL (TRIUMF)
The high energy beam transport (HEBT) line for the ISAC radioactive beam facility at TRIUMF requires an 11.8 MHz buncher. The main requirements of the buncher is to operate at cw mode with a velocity acceptance of 2.3% and effective voltage of 100 kV, which for a three gap buncher gives a drift tube voltage of 30 kV. A lumped element circuit is more suitable than a distributed rf structure for this low frequency of operation. The resonant frequency of 11.8 MHz is obtained by an inductive coil in parallel with the capacitance of the drift tube. The coil is housed in a dust free box at atmospheric pressure whereas the drift tube is placed in a vacuum chamber and a rf feedthrough connects them. Two designs of this feedthrough, using disk and tubular ceramics, operating at 30 kV rf are described in this paper. MAFIA and SUPERFISH codes have been used to simulate the fields in the feedthroughs, particularly around the ceramic metal interfaces. Test results of the prototype feedthroughs are presented and the choice of the proposed final solution is oulined.
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