Electrical and Computer Engineering ETDs

Publication Date

Summer 8-1-2023


Particle accelerators are important for basic research as well as in applications such as ion implantation and cancer therapy. One important accelerator is the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) located at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) that primarily produces neutrons for research. The beam chopper simulation described here is a study to provide better modeling of this subsystem of LANSCE. A chopper is a device in which particles are intermittently sliced and directed to a target and/or experiment. The simulations in this thesis are used to analyze the correct operating parameters of the chopper. A good chopper model can help increase the efficiency of the particle accelerator, optimize the targeting time, and give us a better understanding of the interactions on the target. Therefore, chopper simulations are an important tool for evaluating the performance of LANSCE as well as helping with future developments.


chopper, accelerator, neutrons, protons, particle beams, electromagnetic chopper, particle accelerator, particles, H−


With the support of the State of the Republic of Türkiye

Document Type




Degree Name

Electrical Engineering

Level of Degree


Department Name

Electrical and Computer Engineering

First Committee Member (Chair)

Mark Gilmore

Second Committee Member

Manel Martinez-Ramon

Third Committee Member

Sandra G. Biedron

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