LIPAc RF power system: design and main practical implementation issues

Purificacion Mendez, David Regidor, Moises Weber, Cristina de la Morena, Igor Kirpitchev, Angela Garcia, Alvaro Marqueta, Augusto Pereira, Joaquin Molla, Angel Ibarra, Philippe Cara, Michel Desmons, Daniel Duglue, Hervé Dzitko, Enrico Fagotti, Dominique Gex, Francesco Grespan, Kenichi Hayashi, Antti Jokinen, Atsushi KasugaiKeitaro Kondo, Naoya Kubo, Sunao Maebara, Alvaro Marchena, Ivan Moya, Antonio Palmieri, Emiliano Pereira, Takahiro Shinya, Dirk Vandeplassche

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    The Linear IFMIF (International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility) Prototype Accelerator (LIPAc) is a 9 MeV, 125 mA, continuous wave (CW) deuteron accelerator aimed to validate the technology for the IFMIF accelerators. The construction of LIPAc, which is currently the most powerful deuteron accelerator in the world, has been carried out under the Broader Approach (BA) Agreement between EU and Japan, and it is located at Rokkasho (Japan). CIEMAT is one of the five European Institutions that has participated in the design, manufacturing and commissioning/operation of the main accelerator components, among them, the Radio Frequency Power System (RFPS).
    The RFPS contains all the equipment necessary to generate the required RF power to feed the LIPAc cavities. These cavities demand eighteen RF power chains at 175 MHz being distributed as follows: eight 200 kW tetrode-based chains for the Radiofrequency Quadrupole (RFQ), two 16 kW solid-state chains for the re-buncher cavities, and eight 105 kW tetrode-based chains for the Superconducting RF Linac Half-Wave Resonators.
    The design of the RFPS main components is presented in this paper, including the tetrode-based chains, the Solid-State Power Amplifier (SSPA) for the re-buncher cavities, the High Voltage Power Supplies (HVPSs) for the final amplifiers anodes and the RF water cooling system. Additionally, the main difficulties encountered during the first months of the RFPS commissioning and operation will be described, together with the applied improvements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number112226
    Pages (from-to)1-6
    Number of pages6
    JournalFusion Engineering & Design
    Issue number112226
    StatePublished - 2021

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