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Electromechanical, Thermal Properties and Radiation Hardness Tests of Piezoelectric Actuators at Low Temperature

Abstract : IPN Orsay participates, in the frame of the CARE project activities supported by EU, to the development of a fast cold tuning system for SRF cavities. The main task of IPN is the full characterization of piezoelectric actuators at low temperature T, and the study of their behaviour when subjected to fast neutrons radiation at T=4.2 K. In order to compare the performance of various industrial piezoelectric actuators, a new apparatus was developed and successfully used for measuring their electromechanical and thermal properties for T in the range 1.8 K-300 K. Different parameters were investigated as function of T: piezoelectric constant, dielectric and thermal properties including heating ΔT due to dielectric losses vs. modulating voltage Vmod and frequency f. We observed a decrease of the maximum displacement ΔX of the actuators tested from ΔX ~40μm @ 300K down to 1.8μm-3.5 μm @ 1.8K, depending on both material and fabrication process of the piezostacks. Besides, both material and fabrication process have a strong influence on the shape of the characteristics ΔX vs. T dependence. Finally a dedicated facility located at CERI institute (Orléans, France) for radiation hardness tests of actuators with fast neutrons at T=4.2 K was developed and the first beam tests results are summarized.
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M. Fouaidy, G. Martinet, N. Hammoudi, F. Chatelet, A. Olivier, et al.. Electromechanical, Thermal Properties and Radiation Hardness Tests of Piezoelectric Actuators at Low Temperature. 12th Workshop on RF superconductivity, Jul 2005, Ithaca, United States. ⟨in2p3-00122919⟩



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