Mattia Checchin wins first prize in poster contest at IPAC’16

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 IPAC'16 conference. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Graduate student Mattia Checchin researches superconducting radio-frequency accelerator cavity performance at Fermilab. Photo: Reidar Hahn

Mattia Checchin, a Ph.D. student from the Illinois Institute of Technology who is conducting his thesis research at Fermilab, won the Best Student Poster Prize at this year’s International Particle Accelerator Conference in Busan, Korea. His poster is titled “Ultimate Gradient Limitation in Niobium Superconducting Accelerating Cavities.”

Roughly 100 young scientists from many accelerator science fields participated in the IPAC’16 poster contest.

Checchin’s work focuses on better understanding of the gradient limitation of a superconducting accelerating cavity when magnetic flux is allowed to penetrate the superconductor and eventually turning it normal-conducting, a phenomenon known as a quench. His theoretical work, combined with Fermilab’s latest experimental findings, offer a potential pathway for systematically increasing achievable accelerating gradients in superconducting cavities.

Checchin works with the SRF Group in the Technical Division. His research is supported by Technical Division scientist Anna Grassellino’s DOE Early Career Award.

Congratulations to Checchin for his outstanding work.