The Final Design Review for ITER's liquid helium plants was held on schedule and on budget at ITER Headquarters from November 12-14, 2014. This important project milestone now opens the way for helium plant manufacturing to begin.
CSA sent kudos to Erica Messer, show runner for the CBS series “Criminal Minds,” for getting the important distinction between cryogenics and cryonics right, and putting the explanation into the mouth of the show’s smartest character.
The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at Brookhaven Laboratory was dedicated February 6. NSLS-II, which produces extremely bright beams of X-ray, ultraviolet and infrared light, will examine a wide range of materials, including superconductors and catalysts, geological samples, and biological proteins, to accelerate advances in energy, environmental science and medicine.
With the delivery of two feedthrough samples for the 6 pin 30 KV rating, identified as a type D variant, Ceramtec North America Corporation (US) has begun to solve one of the big challenges at ITER.
Since shutting down in early 2013, the LHC and its detectors have undergone a multitude of upgrades and repairs. When the particle accelerator restarts, it will collide protons at an unprecedented energy: 13 trillion electron volts. The upgraded capabilities of the ATLAS, CMS, ALICE and LHCb detectors—plus the LHC’s extra boost of power—will give scientists access to a previously inaccessible realm of physics.
Many industries are calling for electronics that can operate reliably in a harsh environment, including extreme temperatures above 200°C. A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute discovered that molybdenum disulfide, a semiconductor material, may be a promising candidate to make thin-film transistors for extreme temperature applications.
In 2015, Fermilab will intensify its contribution to the Linac Coherent Light Source II (LCLS-II), an electron accelerator project at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, in the overlapping areas of superconducting radio-frequency accelerator technology and cryogenics.
Elevators are about to get a major upgrade: the ability to go sideways, thanks to magnetic levitation technology. German industrial behemoth ThyssenKrupp is promising that two-axis travel ("the holy grail of the elevator industry") will revolutionize intra-building travel, and that they will have it operational in 2016.
A new study by a team of physicists adds to the growing body of evidence supporting a theory that strange electronic behaviors, including high temperature superconductivity and heavy fermion physics, arise from quantum fluctuations of strongly correlated electrons. The study describes results from a series of experiments that tested for the first time a prediction from a theory about the origins of quantum criticality that was published in 2001.