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.
Focusing intense beams of light for scientific research can require powerful, highly-engineered containment magnets and one of the biggest such projects is underway at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. The magnets are being […]
Ever since graphene, a thin carbon sheet just one-atom thick, was discovered more than 15 years ago, the wonder material became a workhorse in materials science research. From this body of work, other researchers learned that slicing graphene along the edge of its honeycomb lattice creates one-dimensional zigzag graphene strips or nanoribbons with exotic magnetic properties […]
Developing new technology for separations of rare earth materials are a focus of new projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy for several scientific research programs. Finding alternative materials was also an objective in $20 million of […]
Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Fermilab have recently announced that they achieved the highest magnetic field strength ever recorded for an accelerator steering magnet, setting a world record of 14.1 teslas, with the magnet cooled to 4.5 […]
Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have made a new material that is both liquid and magnetic, opening the door to a new area of science and potential product development in magnetic soft matter. Basically, they have managed to print magnetic liquid droplets. Their […]