Lead shielded enclosures, commonly called hutches, are used in synchrotron beamlines to keep experiments utilizing X-rays confined. Hutches consist of lead shielded walls and ceilings designed to be “light tight.” Light tight means that there are no straight-line paths for X-rays to travel that would bypass the lead shielding. This is achieved by using multiple layers of lead and adding additional shielding at any seams.
ADC excels at working closely with the customer, using experience to provide the best possible design based on customer needs and practicality. Recent projects include: Lead-shielded enclosures, also called hutches, for the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) to house experiments and optics, Beamline front ends for CHESS including water cooled X-ray Apertures, actuated tungsten beam stops, and tungsten beam collimators.
ADC delivers high quality beam pipes, used for front and back end synchrotron equipment. The pipes are manufactured to exact customer specifications and requirements, and come with or without lead shielding. Lead shielded transport pipes are used for locations such as hard X-ray insertion device beamlines at synchrotron facilities to transport white beam from one experimental hutch to another. These pipes are UHV-clean stainless steel pipes with conflat flanges on either end to complete the vacuum seal, but have a certain thickness of lead around the outside. Each assembly undergoes complete leak testing. In addition, a lead clam shell-type transition piece is installed over the conflat connections to prevent radiation from escaping in this location.