Superconducting Techologies at CERN

CERN, in collaboration with the European FP7 projects HiLumi LHC and TIARA, has organized the first workshop on “Superconducting Technologies for Next Generation of Accelerators”.

Experienced researchers and leading companies in the field of superconductivity gathered at the Globe of Science and Innovation to explore the technical challenges emerging from the design of new accelerator machines and to match them with state-of-the-art industrial solutions.

The workshop was the first of a series of initiatives aiming at connecting research infrastructures, facing specific technical challenges, with potential commercial partners, fostering R&D collaborations and knowledge exchange.

For this first event, CERN addressed the technical challenges arising from the next major upgrade of the LHC, the Large Hadron Collider. Around 2020, the LHC, the largest scientific instrument ever built, will see its discovery potential
extended by increasing its luminosity by a factor of 10 beyond its design value.

This extraordinary technical enterprise will lead to a new configuration of the LHC, called High Luminosity LHC. This will rely on cutting-edge 13 Tesla superconducting magnets, very compact and ultra-precise superconducting cavities for beam rotation, and 300-metre-long high-power superconducting links with zero energy dissipation.

The workshop addressed technical challenges shared by other European Research Infrastructures, such as ESS (European Spallation Source), and includes TIARA (Test Infrastructure and Accelerator Research Area), the EU-funded project having the objective to integrate national and international accelerator R&D infrastructures into a single distributed European accelerator R&D facility.

The programme focused on three main areas of expertise:

  • High and low field magnets
  • Superconducting cavities
  • Cryostats and superconducting links
Scientific presentations, Industry talks and Q&A sessions have been intertwined to maximize knowledge exchange opportunities between researchers and commercial partners.

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