The machine was taken apart for service, so I had a chance to take a closer look at the interior of it.
SF6 for spark suppression.
deuterium gas. It can be used for neutron production, e.g. by bombarding beryllium targets with a beam of deuterium ions.
The last time I tried to operate the accelerator, the maximum voltage achievable was 2.3 MV. This is sufficient for most experiments done here which deal with radiation induced defects in silicon.
After a mayor reconstruction in the basement of our institute, it will not be possible to run electrons with this accelerator anymore. The needed radioprotection was removed to make room for new laboratories.
(One cannot have a cable feeding this part, since this would break down the HV... )
|(I'm not thinking what you might be thinking. And I don't wanna hear about it.)|
I have also done a ton of pictures of our High Voltage Engineering EN Tandem accelerator, which I will do in a later post. And later (as it seems) I will post the sad story of decommissioning it.
Also waiting in the queue is a post on the recent course I took in how to run a nuclear research reactor. Just returned this week from Mainz, where I had the fantastic chance of running a TRIGA Mark II reactor. Hope I will get the clearance for posting those pics.
Then my Bratislava visit, two more unusual computer games I always wanted to blog about, and more thoughts about art and music.