Researchers gather in Chicago for SRF2011 – July 25-29

Researchers gathered in Chicago from July 25 to July 29 for SRF2011, the 15th international conference on superconducting radio-frequency technology. Photo: George Joch

Last week, nearly 400 scientists met in Chicago for SRF2011, the 15th international conference on superconducting radio-frequency technology. SRF2011 was jointly hosted by Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab, with a local organizing team made up of staff from both laboratories.

The five-day meeting featured talks and poster sessions on the latest techniques for creating high-performance superconducting radio-frequency systems. Contributions included topics such as cavity fabrication, testing and repair; cavity processing; cryomodule design; and methods for controlling the radio-frequency power delivered to cavities. Scientists also discussed application of SRF technology in proposed and future projects such as the European Spallation Source, the International Linear Collider, Project X, XFEL, energy recovery linacs and light sources.

At the conference banquet, Hasan Padamsee of Cornell University gave a well-received talk on progress in the field of RF superconductivity over the last 50 years. The week concluded with tours of Argonne and Fermilab.

“A wealth of new technical information was presented at SRF2011, underlining the vibrant and continued growth of this technology,” said Fermilab’s Bob Kephart who, with Mike Kelly from Argonne, co-chaired the conference.

The next conference will be hosted in 2013 in Paris, France, by CEA Saclay Laboratory.

Leah Hesla