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Luvata lends superconductor expertise to FCC Week

Pictured L-R:  Dr. Hem Kanithi, Head of R&D for Luvata Superconductors and Dr. Bruce Strauss, Physicist/Program Manager with Office of High Energy Physics

Pictured L-R:  At FCC Week 2015, Dr. Hem Kanithi, Head of R&D for Luvata Superconductors talking with Dr. Bruce Strauss, Physicist/Program Manager with Office of High Energy Physics.

 

(21 April 2015) The Future Circular Colliders (FCC) programme, a five-year international design study will focus on a hadron collider capable of reaching unprecedented energies in the region of 100 TeV.  The first annual FCC Week held March 23-29, 2015 in Washington, D.C. hosted over 300 scientists, physicists, politicians and other subject matter experts who play key roles in making this a long-term reality.

Pictured:  Dr. Hem Kanithi presenting at FCC Week 2015.

At the invitation only event, Luvata, along with other plenary and parallel session contributors, was provided with the opportunity to address challenges in developing a cost-effective superconducting cable that is critical to the magnets that make up the collider.

While the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland, first started in September 2008, the idea was 25 years in the making.  Now the time has come to look towards the next generation collider.

“While the technical and economic aspirations for the cable are remarkable, from a superconductor manufacturing perspective a superconductor that satisfies all the technical targets does not exist today,” indicates presenter Dr. Hem Kanithi, Head of R&D for Luvata Superconductors.  “It may take years of practice to understand the production economics to realize these lofty goals and that requires adequate R&D funding today.”

Luvata superconductors were selected for such prestigious projects as the Large Haldron Collider at CERN, the fusion energy research project KSTAR in Korea and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project.

 

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