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Title: Resonant-frequency discharge in a multi-cell radio frequency cavity

We are reporting experimental results on a microwave discharge operating at resonant frequency in a multi-cell radio frequency (RF) accelerator cavity. Although the discharge operated at room temperature, the setup was constructed so that it could be used for plasma generation and processing in fully assembled active superconducting radio-frequency cryo-module. This discharge offers a mechanism for removal of a variety of contaminants, organic or oxide layers, and residual particulates from the interior surface of RF cavities through the interaction of plasma-generated radicals with the cavity walls. We describe resonant RF breakdown conditions and address the issues related to resonant detuning due to sustained multi-cell cavity plasma. We have determined breakdown conditions in the cavity, which was acting as a plasma vessel with distorted cylindrical geometry. We discuss the spectroscopic data taken during plasma removal of contaminants and use them to evaluate plasma parameters, characterize the process, and estimate the volatile contaminant product removal.
Authors:
; ; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. Department of Physics, Center for Accelerator Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23529 (United States)
  2. Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, Virginia 23606 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22402579
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 116; Journal Issue: 17; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; BREAKDOWN; CAVITY RESONATORS; GEOMETRY; HIGH-FREQUENCY DISCHARGES; PARTICULATES; PLASMA; RADIOWAVE RADIATION; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0273-0400 K