Novel RF Couplers with Double Windows Design for the ILC

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,995.00
Award Year:
2007
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-07ER84851
Agency Tracking Number:
82780
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Amac International, Inc.
12050 Jefferson Avenue Suite 328, Newport News, VA, 23606
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
166694831
Principal Investigator:
Quansheng Shu
Dr
(757) 249-3595
qsshu@amacintl.com
Business Contact:
Ian Phipps
Dr
(757) 249-3595
ianp@amacintl.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The ILC accelerator project will require several thousand superconducting radio frequency (RF) cavities with critical RF Input Couplers. These cavities require ultra-clean vacuum and surface cleanness; however, the breakage of a ceramic RF coupler window, with the consequent inrushing of air and contaminants, can have catastrophic effects on performance, and would require a time consuming and expensive overhaul of the accelerator. To eliminate or minimize this potential risk, the large particle accelerators are increasingly requiring a double windows design with a vacuum space between the two windows. However, the high cost of conventional double windows dictates the need for an innovative coupler design and efficient manufacturing. This project will develop a novel double-window RF coupler design that utilizes a combination of features, including selective capacitive coupling of the inner conductor, the removal of the bellows, and a permanent vacum system for the space between the double windows. In Phase I, the feasibility of the innovative double-window coupler for the ILC will be theoretically calculated for different alternatives, and the optimum solution will be selected for Phase II. In Phase II, a prototype coupler for the ILC will be designed, fabricated, and tested with high RF power. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Cost effective, operationally reliable, and system-simplified RF coupler designs should find wide use for many DOE projects besides the ILC. The technologies should have a very strong impact on the cost of the RF input couplers and associated equipment for the ILC project, and for the high RF products industry.

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