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Superconducting RF Technology: The Last 15 Years

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Fernanda G Garcia
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Superconducting RF (SRF) technology for accelerators had its beginnings in the 1960's and 70's, when a small number of scientists and engineers wagered their reputations and the livelihoods of their laboratories on an unproven technology. For ion acceleration, the 'killer' application was as an afterburner for a heavy-ion tandem accelerator. The new technology offered efficiency and flexibility that was unmatchable using room temperature structures. The wager paid off. It has been my pleasure to participate in the rapid expansion of the technology over the past 15 years. Widespread interest in large SRF-based accelerators for ion acceleration over the essentially the full velocity range has driven the development of myriad new SRF cavities. A confluence of the efforts on cavities for ion acceleration with those pushing the performance of velocity-of-light structures has benefited performance for the full velocity range. The fruits of these efforts are just beginning to bear. A presentation of the technology from the point of view of Argonne's ATLAS heavy-ion accelerator illustrates many of these recent technical achievements.
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