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.




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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