Fast Ferroelectric L-Band Tuner for Superconducting Cavities

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Amount:
$100,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
DE-FG02-09ER85292
Solitcitation Year:
2008
Solicitation Number:
DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2009
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
91292
Solicitation Topic Code:
46 a
Small Business Information
Omega-p, Inc.
258 Bradley Street, New Haven, CT, 06510
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
084736651
Principal Investigator
 Jay Hirshfield
 Dr.
 (203) 789-1164
 jay@omega-p.com
Business Contact
 George Trahan
Title: Dr.
Phone: (203) 789-1165
Email: enid@omega-p.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The effective use of superconducting cavities in a future high-energy accelerator will require rapid adjustments of coupling between the cavities and the external RF power sources. This coupling is needed to compensate for uncontrolled sources of cavity detuning, such as from mechanical vibrations and/or fluctuations in beam loading. However, the time-response of available RF couplers and tuners is not rapid enough to serve this need. This project will continue the development of a tuner with the potential for rapid variations in cavity coupling to an external RF source. The tuner utilizes ferroelectric elements whose dielectric constant can be varied by application of an external voltage. Phase I will involve the study of design variations for optimizing the performance of this tuner. In Phase II the tuner will be implemented at Brookhaven National Laboratory on 700 MHz cavities that are under development for the energy recovery linac. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee Development of efficient tuners that can rapidly alter the coupling between superconducting cavities and external RF sources could have a strong impact on the design and cost of future systems. Fast tuners also could find application in commercial accelerators for medical therapy and industrial processing, thus lowering their costs.

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