Source: CERN

Authors: Anaïs Schaeffer

Published Date: Tue, 28 May 2024 11:24:48 +0000

Summary: CERN has developed a new superconducting link called “the python” for the High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) to power its inner triplet magnets. This system uses MgB2 and REBCO superconducting cables within a flexible cryostat, operating at temperatures from 4.5 K to 60 K, allowing it to carry a direct electrical current of around 120 kA over 85 meters. The system is cooled by helium gas, making it cost-efficient, and has recently passed its first tests, successfully transporting a total DC current of 94 kA. This technology has potential applications beyond accelerators, such as in clean aviation. The next step is to transport and test the system with the inner triplet magnet system before installation during the next technical stop in 2026.

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