LENS Operating Experience

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Indiana University is operating a Low Energy Neutron Source which provides cold neutrons for material research and neutron physics and MeV energy for the neutron radiation effects studies. Neutrons are being produced by a 13 MeV proton beam incident on a Beryllium target. The LENS Proton Delivery System (PDS) is routinely operating at 13 MeV and 25 mA at 1.8% duty factor. The RF system, consisting of three Litton 5773 klystron RF tubes at 425 MHz and 1 MW each, power the AccSys Technology PL-13 LINAC. The proton beam delivers up to 6 kilowatts of power to the Beryllium target. Details of the beam spreading system, target cooling system, and accelerator operations will be discussed.

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Rinckel, T., Baxter, D. V., Doskow, J., Kaiser, H., Pynn, R., Sokol, P. E., & Todd, T. (2012). LENS Operating Experience. In Physics Procedia (Vol. 26, pp. 161–167). Elsevier B.V. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.phpro.2012.03.021

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