A hybrid DC circuit breaker comprised of a cryogenic contactor in series with a superconductor has recently been developed at NASA Glenn Research Center. This circuit breaker combines mechanical and solid-state technology to meet the needs of certain DC power system applications.
Month: August 2015
Issue No. 33 of Superconductivity News Forum is online
The quarterly Issue No. 33 of the Superconductivity News Forum (SNF) dated July 2015 is now available online at the IEEE Council on Superconductivity's website. The publication of the present issue was delayed to accommodate selected presentations and preprints from the recent CEC/ICMC 2015 and ISEC 2015.
10 years since Snowmass: an ILC timeline
Ten years ago, scientists from all over the world gathered in the picturesque town of Snowmass to constitute a new global collaboration for a future particle collider called the International Linear Collider (ILC). LC Newsline has compiled a timeline showing what has happened in these 10 years since Snowmass and where the project stands today.
James Fesmire to present NASA webinar on use of layered thermal insulation systems
James Fesmire will present a NASA webinar this Wednesday, August 26, at 2:00 pm ET on the benefits of using layered thermal insulation systems in industrial and commercial applications.
Lydall names new chief financial officer
Scott Deakin will join Lydall, Inc. (CSA CSM) as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective September 8, 2015. He was formerly executive vice president and chief financial officer at Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc.
MT24 will explore cutting-edge magnet technologies
MT24, the 24th International Conference on Magnet Technology, will take place at the Coex Center, Seoul, Korea, October 18-23. The conference, organized by The Korean Institute of Superconductivity and Cryogenics, will cover magnet technology ranging from large scale magnets to magnets for home appliances.
MIT team creates a superfluid in a record-high magnetic field
MIT physicists have created a superfluid gas, the so-called Bose-Einstein condensate, for the first time in an extremely high magnetic field. The magnetic field is synthetic, generated using laser beams, and is 100 times stronger than that of the world’s strongest magnets. Within this magnetic field, the researchers could keep a gas superfluid for a tenth of a second—just long enough for the team to observe it. The researchers report their results in the journal Nature Physics.
Prototype of Mu2e solenoid passes tests with flying colors
Last month, a group in the Fermilab Technical Division aced three tests—for alignment, current and temperature—of a prototype transport solenoid module built for the Mu2e experiment by magnet experts at Fermilab's Technical Division and INFN-Genoa in Italy. The triple milestone means that Fermilab can now order the full set for production, a total of 27 modules.
Fermilab NOvA experiment sees neutrinos change over 500 miles
Scientists on the NOvA experiment recently saw their first evidence of oscillating neutrinos, confirming that the extraordinary detector built for the project not only functions as planned but is also making great progress toward its goal of a major leap in our understanding of these ghostly particles.
LCLS measures ultrafast structural changes in ring-shaped gas molecules
For the first time, scientists have tracked ultrafast structural changes, captured in quadrillionths-of-a-second steps, as ring-shaped gas molecules burst open and unraveled. Ring-shaped molecules are abundant in biochemistry and also form the basis for many drug compounds. The pioneering study, conducted at SLAC's Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), points the way to a wide range of real-time X-ray studies of gas-based chemical reactions that are vital to biological processes.
First results from LHC Run 2 presented in Vienna
The world particle physics community convened in Vienna from July 22-29 for the 2015 European Physical Society Conference on High Energy Physics, where the latest results in the field were presented and discussed, including the first results from Run 2 of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. This was the first time these results were presented, less than two months after the experiments started to take data at the unprecedented energy of 13 TeV following a two-year shutdown.
IceCube sees highest-energy neutrino ever found
On August 4, scientists working on the IceCube neutrino experiment at the South Pole reported the observation of a neutrino event that had an energy of more than 2000 trillion electron volts, making it the highest energy neutrino event ever found. The event offers scientists the best hope yet that they will be able to use ultrahigh energy neutrinos to find the source of ultrahigh energy cosmic rays.