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Summary of SRF Materials Workshop held at Fermilab 23-24 May 2007, and SRF Materials Outlook

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Superconducting materials for RF linear accelerators have attracted renewed attention, thanks in large part to present and former Fermilab personnel who have organized and hosted a series of workshops in recent years. I will review the latest of these, held this past May, which marks an important expansion from a regional meeting into a truly national meeting with >70 attendees. The workshop focused on topics such as theoretical limits to superconducting RF, understanding the basic materials science of niobium, surface characterization techniques, other superconducting materials, alternative processing strategies, and niobium processing and cavity fabrication. I will discuss highlights from each of these areas, and describe their potential impact on the ILC. In addition, since niobium is an enabling technology for very high gradient accelerators, I will explore implications of workshop presentations for SRF science in general, including the possibility for gen
erating gradients beyond the limits of niobium. An important by-product of the workshop expansion has been recognition of basic work by funding agencies, and I will discuss briefly my opinion about future materials research.
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