Mattia Checchin, a Ph.D. student from the Illinois Institute of Technology who is conducting his thesis research at Fermilab, has won first prize winner in the LINAC 16 student poster contest.
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 scientist Anna Grassellino’s DOE Early Career Award.
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