Tag archive: quality factor

‘A little dirt never hurt’

| 21 November 2013 After years of pursuing purity in the niobium material used to make superconducting radiofrequency cavities, a Fermilab team led by Anna Grassellino has found that baking cavities to introduce certain impurities may improve the cavity performance. The new method may provide a way for ILC-type cavities to reach up to three times higher quality factors—enabling more cost-effective accelerators. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , , ,

Hydrides: the nemesis of high-quality SRF cavities?

| 25 July 2013 Hydrogen has long been known as a possible enemy of superconducting radiofrequency (SRF) cavities - like those needed for the ILC - thanks to its potential to form non-superconducting hydrides that limit cavity quality factor (Q) and gradient. Researchers at Fermilab have made further progress in understanding the full physics behind hydrogen involvement, which is an important step towards improvements in cavity processing. Category: Around the World | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Q – cavity quality factor

| 23 August 2012 Physicists need to understand each accelerator cavity individually before assembling a collider. One of the cavity characteristics physicists measure is called the cavity quality factor, Q factor for short. The LCpedia series continues. Category: LCpedia | Tagged: , ,

Advances in SCRF cavity performance in the Technical Design Phase

| 29 March 2012 As a result of the continued improvement of cavity processing and a better understanding of the gradient limit, researchers are closely approaching their design goals, with the hope of reaching them by the end of 2012. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , , , , ,

From KEK: Japanese 9-cell SCRF cavity meets ILC specification

| 9 December 2010 Designing and fabricating an optimal accelerating cavity is not so simple. There are two important parameters scientists are looking for: the gradient of 35 megavolts per meter (MV/m) and the quality factor (Q0) of greater than 0.8×10^10. A Japanese cavity now fulfilled those requirements for the first time at a test which took place at the Superconducting radiofrequency Test Facility (STF) at KEK, adding momentum towards future mass production. Category: Feature | Tagged: , , , , , ,

Cavity gradient milestone achieved

| 4 November 2010 One of our most visible and important ILC R&D short-term milestones has been to demonstrate production of ILC superconducting radio frequency cavities with gradient of greater than or equal to 35 megavolts per metre (MV/m) and Q0 = 8x10^9 and 50 percent production yield. [...] Today I announce the successful achievement of that important 2010 milestone. Category: Director's Corner | Tagged: , ,