Accession Number:

ADA339072

Title:

Applications of the Strategic Defense Initiative's Compact Accelerators,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE ORGANIZATION WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1992-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

10.0

Abstract:

The Strategic Defense Initiatives SDI investment in particle accelerator technology for its directed energy weapons program has produced breakthroughs in the size and power of new accelerators. These accelerators, in turn, have produced spinoffs in several areas the radio frequency quadrupole linear accelerator RFQ linac was recently incorporated into the design of a cancer therapy unit at the Loma Linda University Medical Center, an SDI sponsored compact induction linear accelerator may replace Cobalt 60 radiation and hazardous ethylene oxide as a method for sterilizing medical products, and other SDIO funded accelerators may be used to produce the radioactive isotopes oxygen 15, nitrogen 13, carbon 11, and fluorine 18 for positron emission tomography PET. Other applications of these accelerators include bomb detection, non destructive inspection, decomposing toxic substances in contaminated ground water, and eliminating nuclear waste.

Subject Categories:

  • Antimissile Defense Systems
  • Directed Energy Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE