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Pulsed Power Technology &
Radiation Effects Science


Time-exposure photograph of electrical flashover arcs produced over the surface of the water in the accelerator tank as a byproduct of Z operation. These flashovers are much like strokes of lightning

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Electromagnetic Technology at Sandia National Laboratories


The High-Energy Radiation Megavolt Electron Source (HERMES) III accelerator is the world's most powerful gamma simulator, producing 13 TW of power in a 19-MeV, 700-kA, 28-ns electron beam. HERMES uses technology developed by Pulse Sciences, Inc. and Sandia National Laboratories in the joint Defense Special Weapons Agency/Department of Energy Linear Induction Accelerator program, and can provide eight shots per day, four days per week. HERMES III has both indoor and outdoor test cells, and is used primarily for simulating the effects of prompt radiation from a nuclear burst on electronics and complete military systems. The accelerator is housed in Sandia's Simulation Technology Laboratory.