Physicist, RF Systems, Electron-Ion Collider
Preferred Gender Pronouns (PGPs): He, Him, His
Zachary A. Conway is currently the Electron-Ion Collider Project’s lead physicist for RF Production and Testing. He is also leading the development of a 56 MHz superconducting longitudinal focusing system appropriate for the RHIC sPHENIX experimental campaign. Zack earned hi Ph.D. in Physics from The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2007. His dissertation studied the interactions between the electromagnetic and acoustic eigenmodes of superconducting cavities, proposed means of predicting cavity behavior given the drive RF signal and verified the methods. Later he was a research associate at Cornell University where he helped develop oscillating superleak transducer technology for localizing cavity failure points in superfluid helium, assemble and commission the 5 cavity Cornell ERL injector cryomodule and became a qualified accelerator operator of the Cornell ERL test injector system. In 2010 Zack moved to Argonne National Laboratory where he help with the effort in improve low-beta superconducting niobium cavity performance to levels above those achieve anywhere to-date, helped fabricate and commission the ATLAS Intensity and Efficiency Upgrade superconducting systems and lead the development and fabrication of the FNAL 8 cavity superconducting half-wave resonator cryomodule. In 2019 he joined BNL’s Collider-Accelerator Department, working as a physicist for the RF group.
Superconducting Radio-Frequency Systems
Accelerator Systems, Applied Physics, Radio-Frequency Superconductivity
Ph.D. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign