CERN Accélérateur de science


Superconducting radiofrequency systems

University of Siegen (USIEGEN)
Title Superconducting radiofrequency systems
In the second (1 week) class we examine in detail one of the enabling technologies for modern next-generation accelerators: Superconducting Radio-Frequency (SRF) Systems. Many present-day accelerators still employ copper normal conducting (NRF) accelerating units. This course analyses the limitations of such systems and illustrates that power dissipation in copper cavities can be such a severe handicap that many new accelerator applications cannot be realized with conventional copper technology. In detail we look at SRF as an alternative and why it offers so many advantages that go far beyond the idea of “just saving some electrical power”. During the week, we also look at the basics of superconductivity, what materials can be used for SRF cavities, how they are produced and what other systems are needed to actually operate SRF cavities in an accelerator. An important aspect of the class is the simulation lab that accompanies the lectures which illustrates in depth the concepts.
Hours per semester
Total hours
ECTS points
Type of course
Combined Lectures And Excercises
Industry cooperation
Offered by
Jens Knobloch
This course introduces the basic concepts of superconducting radio-frequency systems.