RADLAC: Electron Beam Propagation Experiment

RADLAC

In 2005 I found a cool framed illustration at Goodwill. It was marked for $16 but was on sale for $8. Other than being a “Electron Beam Propagation Experiment” my google searches tell me this is some sort of weapon made at Sandia Labs. The original frame has been replaced since it broke (it was ugly and damaged anyway).

Today someone left a comment with a little more info on Flickr.

Score! I’ve been researching pulsed power experiments at Sandia, and I just stumbled across mention of the RADLAC machine. RADLAC was built for the USAF & the SDIO to evaluate ultra-high-power, pulsed electron beam accelerators as potential “Star Wars” directed energy weapons.

Wanna sell it? 🙂

Heck no I don’t want to sell it, it’s one of my favorite pictures.

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2 Replies to “RADLAC: Electron Beam Propagation Experiment”

  1. Score! I’ve been researching pulsed power experiments at Sandia, and I just stumbled across mention of the RADLAC machine. RADLAC was built for the USAF & the SDIO to evaluate ultra-high-power, pulsed electron beam accelerators as potential "Star Wars" directed energy weapons.

    Wanna sell it? 🙂

  2. Gomez, thanks for the info. Any idea what RADLAC stands for exactly? Do you know what years this picture could be from?

    No way I want to sell this. Might try to get a high quality scan of it when I have time.

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