The CSA and CEC/ICMC awards were presented on Thursday, June 16, 2011, in Spokane at the Awards Banquet. More details and photos are available in the 2011 CEC/ICMC photo gallery and in the Summer issue of Cold Facts.
Month: June 2011
Advanced Magnet Lab awarded NASA contract for SC machine modeling
The Advanced Magnet Lab, Inc. (AML) has been awarded a three-year research contract from NASA for developing an experimentally validated, high fidelity, physics-based sizing model for high power superconducting machines, such as electrical generators and turbo-electric propulsion fans.
Fermilab researcher reflects on Tevatron’s retirement
At the end of September, Fermilab's famous particle collider the Tevatron will be retired after a dazzling career spanning four decades.
Australian researchers find link between superconductivity and magnetism
Scientists from the University of Sydney are celebrating the 100th anniversary of superconductivity with a discovery of their own.
Communications failure at DOE blamed for helium-3 shortage
Stovepiping within the Department of Energy was responsible for the critical US shortage of helium-3, the rare isotope used in low-temperature physics, medical applications and neutron detection.
Researchers discover mechanism behind superconductivity in pnictides
Researchers in Japan have discovered that a previously unknown and unexpected mechanism gives rise to superconductivity in specific types of materials.
EADS debuts futuristic superconducting electric motor propulsion concept
EADS Innovation Works, the corporate research and technology network of EADS, is showcasing an all-electric propulsion system concept at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget.
Fermilab director announces voluntary separation program
Pier Oddone, Director at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, announced on June 16 that the lab would begin a self-select voluntary separation program (SSVSP) in order to reduce staff by 100.
CSA Corporate Members win R&D awards
R&D Magazine recently announced its "R&D 100" winners for 2011. Several CSA Corporate Sustaining Members were among the winners: Argonne National Laboratory, Brooks Automation, Inc., Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Sierra Lobo. Read the list of winners on the R&D website.
NIST scientist details new method for making thinner, more flexible HTS cables
NIST scientist Danko van der Laan explains details of his invention of a method to make HTS cables that are thinner and more flexible than ever before. The superconducting material used to make the cables is a high-temperature superconducting "coated conductor" that consists of a 50-micron-thick Hastelloy substrate, coated with ceramic buffer layers and a 1-micron-thick gadolinium-barium-copper-oxide (GBCO) superconducting film.
Heat flux value for inner vessel when vacuum insulation fails
To size a relief valve for a LN2 cryostat I have to know “worse case” boil-off rate when vacuum insulation failed and inner vessel with LN2 is in direct contact with room temperature air at 300K. So, I am looking for a heat flux value (watt/m2) to LN2 inner vessel when vacuum insulation completely failed … Continue reading Heat flux value for inner vessel when vacuum insulation fails
Tributes to Dr. Klaus Timmerhaus
Dr. Klaus D. Timmerhaus, who passed away February 11, 2011, was well-known in the cryogenics community for a number of accomplishments, including his involvement in the Cryogenic Engineering Conference and for serving as founding editor of the publication “Advances in Cryogenic Engineering,” which he edited from 1954 to 1980.
LHC experiments reach data milestone for 2011
CERN press release, June 17: Today at around 10:50 CEST, the amount of data accumulated by LHC experiments ATLAS and CMS clicked over from 0.999 to 1 inverse femtobarn, signaling an important milestone in the experiments' quest for new physics.
Tollestrup receives IEEE superconductivity award
From Fermilab Today, June 21: Alvin Tollestrup came to Fermilab in 1975 for what was supposed to be a six-month sabbatical.
MINOS detector takes first beam data since fire
On Saturday, June 11, the MINOS detector began taking beam data for the first time since a fire broke out in the Soudan Underground Laboratory in March.
Jlab researchers explore niobium’s potential for cheaper accelerator components
As the number of uses for accelerators grows, scientists are faced with the challenge of building low-cost accelerators that offer high performance.
Lawmakers launch investigation into DOE management of critical isotopes
US lawmakers have launched an investigation into the Department of Energy's (DOE) management of critical isotopes, following revelations that a serious shortage of helium-3 was exacerbated by communication failures.
STAR collaboration at RHIC observes antihelium-4
Members of the international STAR collaboration at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory have observed antihelium-4.
Air Force surveillance balloons use helium to stay afloat
Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight are assisting in the safety and security of thousands of US, Afghan and coalition troops at various forward operating bases and combat outpost throughout Afghanistan.
Physicists at CERN trap antihydrogen atoms for 1000 seconds
Trapping antihydrogen atoms at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) has become so routine that physicists are confident that they can soon begin experiments on this rare antimatter equivalent of the hydrogen atom, according to researchers at the Univ. of California, Berkeley.