ASC Science Highlights

12 September 2022

High temperature superconducting CORC® cabling technology

Large superconducting magnets need multi-conductor cables, which act like multi-lane freeways to allow electricity to switch lanes if one gets blocked. Here cross-sectional images of CORC wires reveal insights to improve the contact between conductors. 

19 April 2022

Addressing Supply Chain Challenges for Advanced Superconductors

The start of a sustainable business model for manufacturing advanced superconductors was established by a panel of industry leaders, university faculty, national lab leaders, and science facility project heads, including representatives from the MagLab.

22 November 2021

Novel "hot-bronze" Nb3Sn for compact accelerators

A new "hot bronze" thin film growth recipe was developed to produce high quality superconducting Niobium-Tin (Nb3Sn) films that are easier to fabricate and that outperform existing technologies.

25 October 2021

Resilient Bi-2212 Round Wire

Researchers studied the mechanics of supercurrent flow in state-of-the-art Bi-2212 superconducting round wires and learned that the microstructure of the superconducting filaments is inherently resilient, work that could open the door to new opportunities to raise supercurrent capacity of Bi-2212 round wires.

22 September 2021

Advanced Microscopy for Better Nanostructural Insights in Bi-2212 Round Wires

Researchers working to push the high temperature superconducting material (Bi-2212) to the forefront of superconducting magnet technology have used novel characterization methods to understand the complex relationship between its processing and its superconducting properties, specifically its current carrying capabilities. 

26 March 2021

Tracking the Potential for Damage in Nb3Sn Superconducting Coils from the Hardness of Surrounding Copper

High field superconductor magnets greater than 10 T made from brittle Nb3Sn superconducting wires need special attention to their assembly, strength and endurance. This new study of damage in Nb3Sn superconducting wire from prototype accelerator coils built at CERN provides a path to designing better superconductor cables for the next generation of higher field accelerator magnets.

20 September 2019

Hafnium greatly improves Nb3Sn superconductor for high field magnets

Small additions of elemental Hafnium boosts current-carrying capability in Nb3Sn superconductor.

10 April 2019

Heat-treatment of Large Hadron Collider Nb3Sn magnets

To increase the rate of particle collisions in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, new powerful magnets will soon be made from Nb3Sn superconducting wires. Here, researchers report a change to the heat-treatment temperature to optimize Nb3Sn superconducting magnet performance.

27 June 2018

High-temperature superconducting tape suitable for magnets at 50 teslas and beyond

Recent measurements of superconducting tapes in the MagLab's 45-tesla hybrid magnet shows that the power function dependence of current on magnetic field remains valid up to 45T in liquid helium, while for magnetic field in the plane of the tape conductor, almost no magnetic field dependence is observed. Thus design of ultra-high-field magnets capable of reaching 50T and higher is feasible using the latest high-critical current density REBCO tape.

19 March 2018

Ceramic insulation for high-temperature superconducting wire

MagLab scientists and engineers have developed a special coating on Bi-2212 superconducting wire for electrical insulation in superconducting magnets that will enable the wire to be used in ultra-high field nuclear magnetic resonance magnets.

30 November 2017

Tweaked recipe delivers record current-carrying capacity in Bi-2212 wires

MagLab-industry partnership ups the critical current density of this high-temperature superconductor by a third.

26 October 2017

High-temperature superconducting coils tested for future NMR magnet

Bi-2223 shows promise for 30-tesla all-superconducting instrument for nuclear magnetic resonance.

27 March 2017

Better joints to connect wires of promising superconductor

The new technique for connecting Bi-2212 round wires is an important step in building better, stronger superconducting magnets.

24 August 2016

A better superconductor for Large Hadron Collider

Scientists have discovered a way to significantly improve the performance of a decades-old superconductor, promising future applications for particle accelerators and research magnets.

13 April 2016

Superconducting insert magnet generates new record field of 40.2 teslas

Using a novel method of winding the magnet coil that dispensed with the traditional insulation, the MagLab reached another world record and laid the foundation for more to come.

11 December 2015

Record current density in superconducting CORC® magnet cables at 20 teslas

A new type of superconducting cable was successfully tested at high field at the MagLab, opening the door for the next generation of accelerator magnets operating at 20 teslas (T) and above.

10 April 2015

Overpressure furnace for processing Bi-2212 high-field magnets

An overpressure furnace capable of developing high current density in significant-sized coils (up to 15 cm diameter and 50 cm long) has been brought into commission. The furnace is enabling reaction of solenoids made out of Bi-2212 destined for tests of NMR quality magnets at proton frequencies greater than 1 GHz.

15 December 2014

Evidence for extrinsic, impurity segregation at grain boundaries in high current-density K- and Co-doped BaFe2As2

Grain boundaries in BaFe2As2 (122), which is an iron-based superconductor, block current flow. This study, which was a collaboration with a group at Northwestern University, used a Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP), which is a relatively new experimental tool, to make a 3-D atom-by-atom reconstruction of a region of a 122 sample that included a grain boundary. The data showed that the chemical composition varied across the grain boundary and in that oxygen was present at the grain boundaries. These variations in composition may contribute to grain boundary's reduced current carrying capacity.

16 December 2013

Low Temperature High Field Continuous Measurement of YBCO

Scientists have developed a new way to test tape made of the promising high-temperature superconductor YBCO, a key step toward building stronger superconducting magnets.

30 September 2013

Magnets with High-Temperature Superconducting Round Wire

MagLab scientists developed a method to process high-temperature superconducting Bi-2122 round wire that significantly boosts its ability to carry large electrical currents and generate high magnetic fields.