SRC UW Superconducting Gun - First Electron Beam
The University of Wisconsin (UW) Superconducting Gun project has reached a milestone.
In the video (see link below) the white image on the monitor shows that the SRC UW Superconducting RF Gun has produced its first electron beam.
Beam energy was about 2 MeV. The superconducting cavity is producing high electric fields with solid phase and amplitude control. This represents a significant advance in electron source technology. As commissioning progresses, even higher performance is expected and detailed measurements will be carried out of electron beam properties.
The purpose of this program, which is funded by the US Department of Energy, is to develop a critical component for a high repetition rate free electron laser (FEL) user facility, the next generation light source.
See the article here (PDF).
The Synchrotron Radiation Center (SRC) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a national light source facility providing infrared, ultra violet, and soft X-ray light for use in research on exotic materials, ranging from high temperature superconductors and computer chips to cancer cells. SRC provides an environment uniquely suited to the performance of seminal research, the development of new experimental techniques and instrumentation, and the training of scientists for the future.
SRC is primarily funded by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with supplemental support from facility users and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The eGun project is funded by the US Department of Energy.