Solving the Mystery of One, then Two, Dead Magnets at Fermilab 

Not exactly murder is involved but there is plenty of sleuthing and baffling dead-ends in “The Magnet Detectives”, a true tale of one, then two, dead magnets amidst some intricate physics at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois. Run by the U.S. Department of Energy, Fermilab is America’s particle physics and accelerator laboratory, tasked with bringing the world together to solve the mysteries of matter, energy, space and time.  […]


First U.S.-Built Focusing Magnet for LHC Upgrade Arrives at CERN, Uses New Superconducting Material 

After twenty years of research, development, testing and production, the United States is now shipping state-of-the-art superconducting accelerator magnets to CERN for the high-luminosity upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. At the heart of these powerful magnets is a new superconducting material used for the first time in a particle accelerator. Earlier, prototypes performed successfully but exhibited shortcomings, however, the dedicated teams of scientists and engineers overcame them with some design and production adjustments.