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Synchrotron Ultraviolet Radiation Facility SURF III



Uwe Arp, Charles W. Clark, Alex P. Farrell, E Fein, Mitchell L. Furst, Edward W. Hagley


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has operated the Synchrotron Ultraviolet Radiation Facility (SURF) continuously since the early 1960s. The original accelerator was converted into a storage ring, called SURF II, in 1974. Then in 1998, motivated mainly by limitations in the accuracy of radiometric calibrations and the wish to extend the spectrum of the emitted synchrotron radiation to shorter wavelengths, a second major upgrade was performed. This time the whole magnet system was replaced to improve the calculability and allow for higher magnetic fields. Since the recommissioning of SURF III we have been working to improve the stability of the stored electron beam through modifications of the radio-frequency system, leading to operations with unprecedented stability and new record injection current topping 700 mA.
Review of Scientific Instruments
No. 3


beam characteristics, relativistic electron and positron beams, storage rings, synchrotron radiation
Created March 1, 2002, Updated February 17, 2017