High Voltage Power Supplies
Ampegon designs and delivers high power systems for world-class research facilities. Their experiments are at the absolute cutting edge of scientific research and strive for the limit of technological performance. Such important research projects advance human understanding of materials science, medicine, engineering, biology, particle physics and nuclear fusion.
Some of the most interesting and challenging research applications using particle accelerators is being performed using synchrotron light sources and free electron lasers. These emit light which can penetrate deep inside matter, allowing scientists to investigate the world around us at an atomic or molecular scale. This special light is produced using high energy particle accelerators, within which electrons are accelerated to near light speed in resonant cavities using RF to create an accelerating field.
The field of plasma physics research investigates and explores ideas related to the creation and manipulation of plasmas, which may one day be used in fusion power stations. This involves studying and testing of long term magnetic confinement, heating principles and extraction of energy from plasmas. However, in order to test these theories, a practical plasma system is required, capable of heating plasmas to many tens of millions of degrees. High voltage/current power supplies are required to feed RF amplifiers with the energies required to create and maintain these experimental plasmas.
One of the main goals of plasma and fusion research is to demonstrate the viability of long-term, safe, and environmentally benign generation of energy. Fusion research centres are investigating the physical principles which must be understood in order to create a nuclear fusion power plant which functions using the same fusion processes as occur in the sun. A single fusion power station might generate enough energy in future for two million households, and would meet the needs of a growing world population without polluting the environment. Nuclear fusion uses fuels that can be found in abundance on earth: deuterium, which is found naturally in seawater, and tritium, which can be synthesized from deuterium. The fusion of these elements produces only inert helium gas.