Gun Cavity & Module Development  /  GunLab & Photocathode Development


Fig.: Photographs of Gun 0.1, Gun 0.2 & Gun 1.1 and a drawing of Gun 2.1 (layout not fixed)

Reference Publications:
for Gun0 results: A. Neumann et al.: First Characterization of a Fully Superconducting RF Photoinjector Cavity,  IPAC 2011
for Gun1 details: A. Neumann et al.: Towards a 100 mA superconducting RF photoinjector for BERLinPro, Proc. of SRF2013 (to be published)



Fig.: Sketches of the Gun 1.1 Cavity (top) and the Gun Module (bottom)

All module components are ordered. The gun cavity is produced and currently tested at JLab.The module will be assembled until January 2015. Start of operation in GunLab is planned for Mai 2015. Experiences gain with Gun 1.1 will serve to improve the design of Gun 2.1.


Emittance measurements on Gun0: tomographic reconstruction of the vertical phase space

Recent Publications:

for GunLab results: M. Schmeisser et al.: Results from Beam Commissioning of an SRF Plug - Gun Cavity Photoinjector, Proc. of IPAC 2013.

for an introduction to GunLab: J. Völker at al., to be presented at IPAC 2014.

What is a photocathode?

According to wikipedia “a photocathode is a negatively charged electrode in a light detection device such as a photomultiplier or phototube that is coated with a photosensitive compound. When this is struck by a quantum of light (photon), the absorbed energy causes electron emission due to the photoelectric effect.”
The photocathode we develop as electron source for the photoinjector is the most critical component. The photocathode must produce an electron beam with stringent requirements on emittance, temporal response, lifetime and in some cases polarization to match the properties needed for a particular application.

The task of the GunLab is to ensure safe operation of the SRF gun, check the theoretical model for the SRF gun by measurements, and to find an optimum working point for BERLinPro of ultimate brightness for the setup parameters. Furthermore we want to test feedback system to stabilize the beam parameters, enable QE and QE map measurements and support microwave and LLRF measurements of the SRF gun cavity. Besides this we want to measure the properties of unwanted beam (dark curent, halo) generated by field emission or other processes. This will be done with a compact electron beam diagnostics line connected to the SRF gun. The monitors in the beamline will allow to measure the 6D phase space of the electron beam coming from the SRF gun. The work is carried out in collaboration with partners from TU Dortmund and Moscow State University. In this sense GunLab  another goal is to provide research opportunities for accelerator physics students and external collaborators in a state-of-the-art accelerator environment.

In a first stage, a hybrid Nb/Pb SRF photoinjector has been commissioned with the first generation of GunLab. Results from beam measurements have been published at conferences and discussed at international workshops.