A longitudinal study of field emission in CEBAF's SRF cavities 1995-2015

11 Oct 2015  ·  Benesch Jay ·

Field emission is one of the key issues in superconducting RF. When present, it limits operating gradient directly or via induced heat load at 2K... In order to minimize particulate contamination of and thus field emission in the CEBAF SRF cavities during assembly, a ceramic RF window was placed very close to the accelerating cavity proper. As an unintended consequence of this, it has been possible to monitor and model field emission in the CEBAF cavities since in-tunnel operation began. The ceramic is charged by field emission to a stable voltage and then discharges. This phenomenon had to be studied statistically to minimize the number of interruptions to accelerator operation for nuclear physics. We report here the results of our twenty year study of this and related phenomena. read more

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