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Fermilab’s Magnetron Technology

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Fermilab's novel injection-locked magnetron technology provides excellent phase and amplitude control in superconducting radio-frequency (SRF) cavities, the technology of choice to generate powerful particle beams. Fermilab's technology can reduce the cost of RF power for compact SRF accelerators by a factor of 5 while at the same time achieving efficiencies in excess of 80%, in turn yielding substantial size, weight, and cost reductions in both power and cooling systems. This, along with other Fermilab innovations, allows powerful particle accelerators to be small, light, mobile, and simple enough for industrial applications. 

Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. By inventing, building and operating some of the largest and most complex scientific instruments in the world, scientists at Fermilab expand humankind’s understanding of matter, energy, space and time. More than 4,000 scientists from universities and laboratories in 36 countries use Fermilab and its accelerators, detectors and computers for their research.

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