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Participation in the research and development project of treatment of niobium surfaces of the Schenberg gravitational wave antenna transducers

Grant number: 18/00423-2
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2018
Effective date (End): November 30, 2019
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Physical-Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Odylio Denys de Aguiar
Grantee:Ana Beatriz Cordeiro Costa
Home Institution: Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, Inovações e Comunicações (Brasil). São José dos Campos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/26258-4 - Superdense matter in the universe, AP.TEM


The candidate will participate in a research and development project of treatment of niobium surfaces of Schenberg antenna transducers. More specifically, she will: a) Participate in the acidic chemical treatments of the microwave cavity surfaces of the niobium transducers of the Schenberg antenna; b) to perform, shortly after this chemical attacks, polishes with diamond pastes of these cavities in argon environment and, then, to realize the anodization of these cavities; c) to participate in the electric Q measurements of the treated surfaces, evaluating the ideal combination of the parameters of the several previous treatments in the optimization of the electric Q value. The scholarship holder will achieve the objectives mentioned above with the materials and infrastructure of INPE's printed circuit chemistry laboratory and materials and infrastructure of INPE's Gravitational Wave Laboratory (LOG), which includes a liquid helium dewar, probe and a network analyzer for electric Q measurements. (AU)