GaAsSb/AlGaAs Superlattice High-Polarization Electron Source

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Department of Energy
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Phase II
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Svt Associates, Inc.
7620 Executive Dr., Eden Prairie, MN, 55344-3677
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Yiqiao Chen
(952) 934-2100
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Leslie Price
(952) 934-2100
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The negative-electron-affinity (NEA) photocathodes which produce polarized electrons are a vital component of electron accelerators such as that at DoE Jefferson Lab and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC). Future systems, such as the International Linear Collider (ILC), will require a polarized electron beam intensity at least 20 times greater than produced by strained GaAs, which is used in the current generation of photocathodes. Additionally, the degree of electron polarization needs to be increased beyond the 80% currently attainable and intrinsic material properties related to improving the surface charge limit must also be addressed, and the photocathodes should be more robust in an RF gun environment. The end result of the combined Phase I and Phase II efforts will be a new generation of robust photocathodes capable of yielding intense, highly polarized electron beams for use in advanced electron colliders. We have previously achieved & gt; 85% polarization using a strained superlattice formed from alternating layers of GaAs and GaAsP approximately ten monolayers thick. For this program we will apply a novel superlattice concept utilizing antimony- and arsenic-based material which should overcome material limitations of the GaAs/GaAsP alloys. In Phase I we designed and fabricated an Sb-based strained superlattice structure grown by molecular beam epitaxy. The Phase I program optimized the growth conditions to achieve the desired alloy composition and interface quality. Photocathode structures were fabricated, and their polarization and quantum efficiency were measured at Jefferson Lab. In Phase II, the novel Sb-based SL photocathodes studied in Phase I will be further optimized by investigating parameters that can affect the polarization and quantum efficiency of these photocathodes for high current electron guns. We are also planning further improvement on QE. And finally, the performance of the optimized cathodes will be evaluated in realistic gun environment by Jefferson Lab. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits: A successful project will produce a highly efficient polarized electron source for use in experimental research at DoE Jefferson Lab, SLAC, and other electron collider facilities. These devices have applications in other areas, which include: magnetic imaging research, surface analysis, Quantum computing, and cryptography.

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