Title: Application of Muon Spin Rotation to studies of cavity performance limitations
Author: Anna Grassellino
Institution: TRIUMF – Vancouver, Canada
Abstract: In this contribution a new experiment to investigate magnetic flux entry in Nb coupons and HFQS limited cutout samples will be presented. The experimental technique, called muSR (muon spin rotation), utilizes a probe magnetic moment to reveal local magnetic fields in the sample under study. Through the use of low energy spin polarized muons, the experiment can probe near surface local magnetic fields with extreme sensitivity. Being a ‘local’ rather than external and global technique, it offers a different and precise way to measure the field of first penetration in type-II superconductors. The experiment will study the nature of the transition from superconducting to mixed state in the marginal type II superconductor Nb, for samples with different treatment and grain size, and for RF characterized (via thermometry) HFQS limited cutout samples. Studying the latest will provide an opportunity to look for correlation of the onset of HFQS with the appearance of flux entry into the sample, detectable via the extremely sensitive muSR probe. Models for HFQS and MFQS which muSR can help probing will be discussed.