The WiFEL Research and Development Program—Looking Forward
December 2011. The SRF Gun Cavity, built at Niowave, was transported to Jefferson Labs where it was cleaned and baked. Images are available.
September 2011. The University of Wisconsin FEL team is moving forward with the development a 199.6 MHz superconducting RF gun that meets the required specifications for a CW FEL in the soft X-ray region. A three year program is under way, with key procurements in place and installation of the hardware and commissioning in a one year time frame. E-beam is expected later next year. To read more about the WiFEL Electron Source Project, click here.
September 2010. The Department of Energy awarded UW Madison $4.5-million for research and development of a superconducting electron source, called an “electron gun”, which will ultimately be needed for the next FEL. To be clear a “gun” in this instance refers to a component of a machine not at all similar to traditional guns that most people are accustomed to. In this way it is more of an electron “source”, from which a free electron laser would be activated.