Chemical Free Surface Processing for High Gradient Superconducting RF Cavities

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DE-FG02-09ER85394
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
DE-FOA-0000350
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
91291
Solicitation Topic Code:
46 a
Small Business Information
Fm Technologies, Inc.
4431-H Brookfield Corporate Drive, Chantilly, VA, 20151
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
175351121
Principal Investigator
 Frederick Mako
 Dr.
 (703) 818-9400
 fmako@erols.com
Business Contact
 Frederick Mako
Title: Dr.
Phone: (703) 818-9400
Email: fmako@erols.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The chemical treatment of niobium (Nb) superconducting RF (SRF) cavities, such as those used in nuclear physics research, is an expensive and complex multistep process. Furthermore, after such treatments, the cavity¿s surfaces still have numerous bubbles and pits that result from welding. These quench-producing weld defects, together with particulate contamination, result in a significant degradation of the performance of multi-cell Nb SRF cavities. This project will develop a new chemical-free processing technology for multi-cell Nb SRF cavities. The approach uses an internal electron gun to smooth, clean, purify, and eliminate voids, steps, pits, and other defects, as well as particulate contaminates, from the cavity interior surfaces made of Nb-sheet. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee In addition to its applications for DOE facilities, the proposed process could be implemented with minor modifications into the manufacturing of many other types of RF devices, both superconducting and normal conducting

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