Argonne Accelerator Institute Members


Michael Pellin


Argonne National Laboratory

Job Title:

Senior Scientist
Deputy Division Director


(630) 252-3510


Materials Science Division

Areas of Research Interest

SCRF accelerating cavities are proposed for nearly every major new particle beam accelerator project in the world, including the International Large Collider (ILC) and Argonne’s Energy Recovery Linac (APS-ERL). While very different devices, each new accelerator pushes the current operating limits of SCRF cavities (e.g. acceleration gradients for ILC and loaded Q-factor for APS-ERL). The nature of the SCRF cavity surface (the first ~10 nms) facing the particle beam, is a crucial component of the cavity performance for both Q and gradient. Using Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD), it seems possible to control the surface composition of Nb SRF cavities, to control multipactoring, to improve Q, and to synthesize superconducting structures with significantly improved critical field (both magnetic and electrical) properties.

Selected List of Publications

177 published papers on the ISI Web of Science (January 2008), over 2700 career citations

  • M. J. Pellin, J. W. Elam, and J. Moore (2007). "ALD Capping Layers for superconducting radio frequency cavities." ECS Trans. 11(7, Atomic Layer Deposition Applications 3): 23-28.

  • J. W. Elam, A. V. Zinovev, M. J. Pellin, D. J. Comstock and M. C. Hersam (2007). "Nucleation and growth of noble metals on oxide surfaces using atomic layer deposition." ECS Trans. 3(15, Atomic Layer Deposition Applications 2): 271-278.

  • J. W. Elam, M. J. Pellin, S. D. Elliot, A. Zydor, M. C. Faia, J. T. Hupp, (2007) "Mechanism for zirconium oxide atomic layer deposition using bis(methylcyclopentadienyl)methoxymethyl zirconium." Applied Physics Letters 91(25) 253123/1-3.