Accelerator is the base tool for nuclear physics, high energy physics, light sources, medical applications, and so on. Superconducting Radio Frequency (SRF) System is an application of microwave acceleration for ion beams. The principle is same as normal conducting RF system but SRF system uses superconducting technology, which allows high quality beam acceleration with very high efficiency. It is a key technology for current world-wide accelerator projects for nuclear science and high energy physics. SRF system is a state-of-the art technology to open the new particle physics. FRIB project at MSU utilizes this system for major part of the accelerator. I will attend to the NSCL graduate school education program servicing the FRIB SRF department manager. My profile photo shows a quarter wave resonator (80.5MHz) and have wave resonator(322MHz) for FRIB.
The main part of SRF system is cryomodule so called and RF system. Figure 1 shows illustrates the FRIB beta=0.53 half wave resonator cryomodule. Cryomodule consists of cryostat and SRF cavities included therein. Ionized beam is accelerated by SRF cavities, which is made of superconducting material and cooled by liquid helium at below 4.2K. Cryostat is a kind of Thermos bottle to keep SRF cavities at such a low temperature. Niobium material has been utilized for SR cavities, which has high quality superconducting features: higher superconducting transition temperature Tc=9.25K and higher thermodynamic critical field Hc = 200mT. Niobium has a good forming performance to fabricate cavities. Development of high quality niobium is always concerned. I have been working on high purity niobium material. My latest concern is single crystalline niobium ingot or other new materials.
Figure 1: An example of the SRF systems, FRIB 0.53 half wave resonator cryomodule
RF cavity design is very important to have an excellent SC cavity performance, which has to be simulated intensively by specific computing cords. I have developed high gradient SRF cavity shape with an acceleration gradient > 50MV/m and demonstrated the high performance, which is world recorded so far. This activity will applied other new SRF systems.
SR cavity performance subjects to very shallow surface characteristics where RF surface current flows. Especially particle/defect free clean surface is crucial. Chemical clean surface preparation and clean assembly technology are key technologies. I have developed electropolishing method for elliptical shaped SRF cavity and confirmed it is the best way for high gradient cavity. This technology will be applied to low beta cavities and push the gradient in order to make compact SRF system.
Cryostat design includes lots of engineering and material issues. We have a lot of investing issue on this subject in ongoing FRIB cryomodule.
RF system is other exciting place to study. Concerning SRF, high power coupler is an important issue to develop. Design of multipacting free high power coupler structure and cleaning technology, TiN coating technologies are good theme for thesis.
Thus SRF system covers various sciences and super-technologies: electromagnetic dynamics, superconducting material science, plastic forming technology, ultra-clean technology, ultra-high vacuum, cryogenics, RF technology, mechanical/electric engineer. SR system includes is an exciting place to study. Any students from Physics, Chemistry, Materials, and Mechanical/Electric Engineer are acceptable for this subject.