Mattia Checchin earns first prize at SRF 2015 for poster on accelerator cavity work

Graduate student Mattia Checchin, who is conducting his thesis research at Fermilab, won first prize for his poster on superconducting radio-frequency accelerator cavity performance at the recent SRF 2015 conference. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Graduate student Mattia Checchin, who is conducting his thesis research at Fermilab, won first prize for his poster on superconducting radio-frequency accelerator cavity performance at the recent SRF 2015 conference. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Mattia Checchin, a Ph.D. student at the Illinois Institute of Technology who is conducting his thesis research at Fermilab, earned first prize at the Young Researchers Poster Session of the recent international SRF 2015 conference in Whistler, Canada.

Checchin’s work focused on better understanding the performance degradation of a superconducting accelerator cavity when it fails and becomes normal-conducting. This phenomenon is known as a quench.

His work will serve as guidance for improving the performance of superconducting radio-frequency accelerators such as SLAC’s LCLS-II.

Checchin’s research is supported by Technical Division scientist Anna Grassellino’s DOE Early Career Award.

“Mattia’s work is an excellent demonstration of how Fermilab benefits from our outstanding SRF science program, bringing to the lab accelerator technology advancements, international recognition, high-impact science and the training of the next generation of brilliant young scientists,” Grassellino said.