Babcock Noell GmbH

Milestone For Particle Accelerators

Milestone For Particle Accelerators

Jun.26. 2015

Together with the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), Bilfinger unit Babcock Noell has developed an innovative superconducting undulator for particle accelerators and put it into operation.

An undulator is a device consisting of a periodic structure of dipole magnets with alternating magnetic fields that produce a beam of high-energy electrons along a wavelength which creates highly-intensive and concentrated electro-magnetic radiation.

This so-called synchrotron radiation has outstanding characteristics for the investigation of the smallest structures such as viruses and nano-material, for example. It is one of the most intensive sources of x-ray and infrared radiation and is of tremendous benefit for research, both in realm of science and in industry. Among other things, synchrotron radiation can be used within the scope of a non-destructive procedure for the analysis of materials and components for future plants and machines.

The newly developed undulator SCU15 is based on superconducting electro-magnets and delivers significantly higher magnetic fields for the generation of synchrotron radiation than is the case with traditional undulators that are currently being used throughout the world on the basis of permanent magnets. It has already been successfully installed and tested in the storage of the synchrotron radiation source ANKA in Karlsruhe.

"The successful commissioning of the SCU15 is an important milestone in our research and development program for accelerator components of the next generation and represents a meaningful breakthrough in the development of superconducting undulator magnets", explains Dr. Sara Casalbuoni, Head of the ANKA Research Group "Insertion Devices".

Christian Boffo, Head of the Development Department for Magnet Technologies at Babcock Noell, adds: "New technical approaches that form the basis of the development of the SCU15 contributed to the successful achievement of the first milestone in our cooperation. The SCU15 is a globally unique component."