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R & D in RF Superconductivity at Michigan State University

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Milorad B. Popovic
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A program of research and development in superconducting radio-frequency cavities at MSU began in the year 2000. The primary goal is to support the design and construction of a next-generation superconducting linac for heavy ions, although the technology is also suitable for protons. A number of prototype cavities have been designed, fabricated, and tested. These include quarter-wave resonators, a half-wave resonator, and elliptical cavities. The elliptical cavities for heavy ions are at 805 MHz, but MSU is also prototyping an elliptical cavity at 1300 MHz to assist with the Fermilab Proton Driver effort. Two prototype cryomodules for a heavy ion linac have been designed; the first (containing 2 multi-cell elliptical cavities) was completed and tested, and the second (containing a quarter-wave resonator, a half-wave resonator, and 2 superconducting magnets) is being fabricated. Research is also underway in x-ray imaging of cavities, heat transfer in cavities, materials and surface studies, alternative cavity designs, alternative cavity fabrication techniques, liquid-helium-filled cavities, and other areas.
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