Novel, Reliable, and Cost-Effective Input Coupler for High RF Power Applications

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-00ER86102
Agency Tracking Number: DE-FG02-00ER86102
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2001
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
12050 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 348, Newport News, VA, 23606
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Dr. Quan-Sheng Shu
 Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
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Research Institution
 Jefferson Laboratory
 12000 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA, 23606
 Federally funded R&D center (FFRDC)
Input couplers capable of carrying high RF power to superconducting accelerating cavities, such as those used in nuclear physics research, are not only expensive but also difficult to process and condition up to their extremely high operating power and field gradient. Particular problems include: (1) secondary electron multipacting, which limits coupler performance; and (2) the need for metal surfaces to be super-clean of contaminants and have very low gas desorption rates. This project will utilize design for manufacturing (DFM) principles that, if applied early in the design phase, could significantly reduce overall costs. The Phase I feasibility study showed that DFM principles could be applied to the coupler design with a unique modular sub-assembly to allow for RF conditioning of major components individually. Increased cost effectiveness along with reduced multipacting and out-gasing was demonstrated. In Phase II, the prototype coupler will be developed, fabricated, and tested for large applications. Three new coating materials and methods, novel joining technology, and multipacting reducing methods will be experimentally investigated

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