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A dielectric-wall linear accelerator is enhanced by a high-voltage, fast e-time switch that includes a pair of electrodes between which are laminated alternating layers of isolated conductors and insulators. A high voltage is placed between the electrodes sufficient to stress the voltage breakdown of the insulator on command. A light trigger, such as a laser, is focused along at least one line along the edge surface of the laminated alternating layers of isolated conductors and insulators extending between the electrodes. The laser is energized to initiate a surface breakdown by a fluence of photons, thus causing the electrical switch to close very promptly. Such insulators and lasers are incorporated in a dielectric wall linear accelerator with Blumlein modules, and phasing is controlled by adjusting the length of fiber optic cables that carry the laser light to the insulator surface.

Title
Enhanced dielectric-wall linear accelerator
Application Number
668669
Publication Number
5811944
Application Date
December 18, 1996
Publication Date
September 22, 1998
Inventor
Hugh C Kirbie
Dublin
CA, US
George J Caporaso
Livermore
CA, US
Stephen E Sampayan
Manteca
CA, US
Agent
Paul A Gottlieb
William R Moser
William C Daubenspeck
Assignee
The United States of America represented by the Department of Energy
DC, US
IPC
H05H 9/00
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