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Title: Efficient expulsion of magnetic flux in superconducting radiofrequency cavities for high Q 0 applications

Even when cooled through its transition temperature in the presence of an external magnetic field, a superconductor can expel nearly all external magnetic flux. This Letter presents an experimental study to identify the parameters that most strongly influence flux trapping in high purity niobium during cooldown. This is critical to the operation of superconducting radiofrequency cavities, in which trapped flux degrades the quality factor and therefore cryogenic efficiency. Flux expulsion was measured on a large survey of 1.3 GHz cavities prepared in various ways. It is shown that both spatial thermal gradient and high temperature treatment are critical to expelling external magnetic fields, while surface treatment has minimal effect. For the first time, it is shown that a cavity can be converted from poor expulsion behavior to strong expulsion behavior after furnace treatment, resulting in a substantial improvement in quality factor. In conclusion, future plans are described to build on this result in order to optimize treatment for future cavities.
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  1. Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
arXiv:1509.03957; FERMILAB-PUB-16-366-TD
Journal ID: ISSN 0021-8979; JAPIAU; 1393339
Grant/Contract Number:
AC02-07CH11359; Contract No. DE-AC02-07CH11359
Published Article
Journal Name:
Journal of Applied Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 119; Journal Issue: 21; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-8979
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Fermi National Accelerator Lab. (FNAL), Batavia, IL (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), High Energy Physics (HEP) (SC-25)
Country of Publication:
United States
43 PARTICLE ACCELERATORS; cavitation; furnaces; magnetic fields; grain boundaries; niobium
OSTI Identifier:
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1325210; OSTI ID: 1421084