publication . Article . 2010

Characterization of etch pits found on a large-grain bulk niobium superconducting radio-frequency resonant cavity

Xin Zhao; G. Ciovati; T. R. Bieler;
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  • Published: 15 Dec 2010 Journal: Physical Review Special Topics. Accelerators and Beams (issn: 1098-4402, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Physical Society
The performance of superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) resonant cavities made of bulk niobium is limited by nonlinear localized effects. Surface analysis of regions of higher power dissipation is thus of intense interest. Such areas (referred to as “hotspots”) were identified in a large-grain single-cell cavity that had been buffered-chemical polished and dissected for examination by high resolution electron microscopy, electron backscattered diffraction microscopy (EBSD), and optical microscopy. Pits with clearly discernible crystal facets were observed in both “hotspot” and “coldspot” specimens. The pits were found in-grain, at bicrystal boundaries, and on t...
free text keywords: Nuclear and particle physics. Atomic energy. Radioactivity, QC770-798, Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous), Nuclear and High Energy Physics, Surfaces and Interfaces
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