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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.
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Fleuette, Chandler J., "Development and Implementation of a Pressure-Temperature Control System for the Physical Vapor Deposition of Copper and Niobium from a Molybdenum Filament in the Development of Superconducting 3D Printed RF Cavity Particle Accelerators" (2021). Student Research Projects. 27.