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Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Partners with Keller Technology for Key Equipment Production

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Partners with Keller Technology for Key Equipment Production

Keller Technology was selected by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab to produce sophisticated electro-mechanical instruments for SLAC National Accelerator Center’s Linac Coherent Light Source II (LCLS-II) Free Electron Laser program.

The LCLS-II program involves upgrading SLAC’s existing linear accelerator to superconducting linac technology, as well as replacing the undulators built during the original LCLS program. A new electron injector source is also part of LCLS-II’s scope. The result will be the world’s most advanced free electron laser (FEL) light source.

Keller Technology’s responsibility includes the production manufacturing of the soft x-ray undulators, as well as a large portion of the hard x-ray undulators. According to Berkeley Lab’s ATAP News, all work on the pre-production soft x-ray (SXR) undulator has been completed and delivered to SLAC for long-term testing. The devices arrived at Berkeley Lab in Menlo Park, CA, after a cross-country journey from Keller Technology’s Buffalo, NY, facility.

Undulators are precision electro-mechanical devices. Their function is to undulate the electron beam produced by the linac with permanent magnets in order to create coherent x-ray band light. There will be two undulator arrays, one to produce soft x-rays the other to produce hard x-rays. The light produced will be directed down several beamlines and utilized for a broad array of scientific applications including chemistry, materials science, biology and energy research.

The LCLS-II undulator program is an excellent fit for Keller Technologhy’s vertically integrated capabilities, which include precision welding/fabrication, five-axis machining, assembly, integration, metrology and testing. Keller has the facilities, equipment and supply chain to support the mass production of large, complex and precise electro-mechanical devices, machinery and systems. Keller is proud to partner with the DOE’s national labs to advance science and contribute to the development of transformative technologies.

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