Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Project Type


College or School



Department of Physics and Astronomy

Program or Major


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Elena Long

Second Advisor

Dawn Meredith


This report covers the development of the pressure-temperature control system used in the production of small superconducting RF cavities for particle accelerators. To test the validity of the created program, a model for the process was created and tested. The model was used to fine tune the control system before integrating it into the lab. The end goal of the control system is to measure the pressure inside of a deposition vacuum chamber, convert that pressure to a temperature, and use that temperature in tandem with a PID controller to control the current passing though a molybdenum filament which is used as the carrier mechanism for a copper thin film coating in a physical vapor depositing (PVD) process.