The European Superconductivity News Forum (ESNF) has announced that Special Issue No. 23, dedicated to ASC'12, is now available.
Month: January 2013
CSA welcomes seven new Corporate Sustaining Members
The Cryogenic Society of America is pleased to welcome seven new Corporate Sustaining Members in the last five months of 2012.
Study: Online comments hurt science understanding
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found that Americans may be as much influenced by reader comments at the end of science news articles as by the articles themselves, as reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Time magazine honors Fabiola Gianotti and the Higgs-like boson
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is celebrating Time magazine’s naming of its ATLAS spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti as runner-up for 2012 Person of the Year (an honor bestowed on US President Barack Obama) for her leading role in the endeavor to discover the Higgs-like boson. Shown is a mock cover from Time magazine's website featuring Dr. Gianotti.
A temperature below absolute zero
Physicists at the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich and the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching report that they have created an atomic gas in the laboratory that has negative Kelvin values.
Superconductors for efficient wind power plants
An efficient, robust, and compact wind power plant with a 10 MW superconducting generator is being developed by partners from industry and science within the recently established EU project SUPRAPOWER (SUPerconducting, Reliable, lightweight, And more POWERful offshore wind turbine).
A eulogy to Herschel
In January's Physics World, Steve Eales, a University of Cardiff astronomer who leads one of the telescope's largest surveys, explains how this space facility has advanced our understanding of star and galaxy formation.
Heat flows ‘backwards’ across Josephson junction
Tim Wogan in physicsworld.com reports that the thermal Josephson effect, which occurs when heat is transported across a gap between two superconductors, has been measured in the lab for the first time.
Research is on ice due to helium shortage
The worldwide shortage of helium is having a serious effect on research facilities. Mark Stokes, senior research fellow in psychiatry and experimental psychology at Oxford University, shared his concerns in an editorial in the UK's The Independent.
Interviews with Cryogenic Treatment Professionals
In the interest of continuing coverage and ongoing dialogue about cryogenic treatment, Cold Facts took the opportunity to talk to several cryogenic treatment professionals about their companies’ successes, challenges and the state of the industry as a whole.
Cryogenics at the European Spallation Source
The European Spallation Source (ESS) is an intergovernmental project building a multidisciplinary research laboratory based upon the world’s most powerful neutron source. The facility will be built in Lund, Sweden. The ESS will use a linear accelerator (linac), which will deliver protons with 5 MW of power to the target at 2.5 GeV, with a nominal current of 50 mA. Three separate cryoplants are foreseen to guarantee the necessary cryogenic cooling capacity for the entire facility. This overview of the system was provided by Dr. Wolfgang Hees, Group Leader Cryogenics and Vacuum, European Spallation Source.
Cryogenics Conference Moves to Dresden
Held in Dresden, Germany, for the first time, September 11-14, the international Cryogenics conference attracted 150 participants from 23 nations with 54 lectures and 28 posters presented. The exhibition comprised 18 companies. Students from the European Course of Cryogenics, sponsored by TU Dresden, which was held in the city at the same time, also took advantage of the opportunity to attend.