Advance in Vertical Buffered Electropolishing on Niobium for Particle Accelerators*

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Niobium (Nb) is the most popular material that has been employed for making superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities to be used in various particle accelerators over the last couple of decades. One of the most important steps in fabricating Nb SRF cavities is the final chemical removal of 150 {mu}m of Nb from the inner surfaces of the SRF cavities. This is usually done by either buffered chemical polishing (BCP) or electropolishing (EP). Recently a new Nb surface treatment technique called buffered electropolishing (BEP) has been developed at Jefferson Lab. It has been demonstrated that BEP can produce the smoothest ... continued below

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Wu, A. T.; Jin, S.; Mammosser, J. D.; Reece, C. E.; Rimmer, R. A.; Lin, L. et al. September 1, 2011.

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Niobium (Nb) is the most popular material that has been employed for making superconducting radio frequency (SRF) cavities to be used in various particle accelerators over the last couple of decades. One of the most important steps in fabricating Nb SRF cavities is the final chemical removal of 150 {mu}m of Nb from the inner surfaces of the SRF cavities. This is usually done by either buffered chemical polishing (BCP) or electropolishing (EP). Recently a new Nb surface treatment technique called buffered electropolishing (BEP) has been developed at Jefferson Lab. It has been demonstrated that BEP can produce the smoothest surface finish on Nb ever reported in the literature while realizing a Nb removal rate as high as 10 {mu}m/min that is more than 25 and 5 times quicker than those of EP and BCP(112) respectively. In this contribution, recent advance in optimizing and understanding BEP treatment technique is reviewed. Latest results from RF measurements on BEP treated Nb single cell cavities by our unique vertical polishing system will be reported.

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  • Report No.: DOE/OR/23177-1913
  • Grant Number: AC05-06OR23177
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1029366
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Wu, A. T.; Jin, S.; Mammosser, J. D.; Reece, C. E.; Rimmer, R. A.; Lin, L. et al. Advance in Vertical Buffered Electropolishing on Niobium for Particle Accelerators*, article, September 1, 2011; Newport News, Virginia. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc834747/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.