Inside Fermilab’s New Strand and Cable R&D Lab

The mission of the Superconducting Strand and Cable R&D program is to understand and improve scientific and engineering aspects of superconducting strands and cables for accelerator magnets, including dipoles, quadrupoles and solenoids. Since 1998, the lab has also served as the ideal experimental environment for 30 graduate students in physics and engineering

Cold Facts Tours NHMFL, ASC and CAPS

In February of this year, CSA was invited to the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (CSA CSM) at Florida State University to tour its facilities and meet key personnel at the forefront of cryogenic and superconducting technology at the lab. On our tour we were taken behind the scenes to catch a glimpse of the work being done by the Cryogenics group, the DC Field group, and the Magnet Science and Technology division, as well as the Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC) and the Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS), both located in separate buildings on the FSU campus.

Does Cryogenic Electronics Have a Role in Electric Power? 

Electric power systems—whether for electric utilities or on ships, airplanes or automobiles—require electronic power circuitry to change voltage levels and to convert between DC and AC, as well as for controlling power delivery. The use of superconductivity and cryogenics for motors, generators, energy storage and power distribution leads naturally to the idea of co-locating the associated power electronics in the same cryogenic environment.


Cryopumping refers to the use of cryogenic temperatures to produce vacuum in enclosed spaces. More broadly, it can also refer to the removal of gases via cryogenic temperatures from a flow stream or enclosure without necessarily resulting in vacuum pressures. This is an important application of cryogenics and is used in such areas as fusion … Continue reading Cryopumping

Take two for cryomodule 2

With the repair and reinstallation of the cryomodule known as CM2, researchers at Fermilab are back on the road toward achieving the International Linear Collider’s R&D goal (named task force “S1”): operating a cryomodule at ILC gradient specifications.