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Shielded beam delivery apparatus and method

United States Patent

July 11, 2006
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An apparatus includes a plasma generator aligned with a beam generator for producing a plasma to shield an energized beam. An electrode is coaxially aligned with the plasma generator and followed in turn by a vortex generator coaxially aligned with the electrode. A target is spaced from the vortex generator inside a fluid environment. The electrode is electrically biased relative to the electrically grounded target for driving the plasma toward the target inside a vortex shield.
Hershcovitch; Ady (Mount Sinai, NY), Montano; Rory Dominick (Canton, CT)
Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC (Upton, NY)
10/ 932,653
August 30, 2004
This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC02-98CH10886, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.