Two researchers examine a REBCO superconducting tape

The exploration of HTS cable architectures in close collaboration with US industry is an important element of the comprehensive Magnet Development Program for high energy physics.

Ever-stronger magnets are an enabling technology for tomorrow’s high-energy particle accelerators and for upgrading today’s facilities to enhance physics. Because of the scale of these accelerators, the magnets must be cost-effective and meet performance requirements that push the limits of magnet technology.

To meet these demanding needs, we serve as lead lab for the US Magnet Development Program (USMDP), which the DOE Office of High Energy Physics sponsors. SMP researchers focus on high-risk/high-reward R&D that expands the limits of superconducting magnet technology while coordinating closely with USMDP partners Fermilab, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the Advanced Superconductivity Center/National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

The mission of the US-MDP is to

  1. Maintain and strengthen US Leadership in high-field accelerator magnet technology for future colliders.
  2. Further develop and integrate magnet research teams across the partner laboratories and US Universities for maximum value and effectiveness to the program.
  3. Identify and nurture cross-cutting/synergistic activities with other programs (e.g., Fusion) to rapidly advance toward our goals. ​​
Researchers at computer in a lab and shop space.

Magnet testing provides critical feedback for conductor and magnet scientists, enabling improvements that can lead to more robust and higher field accelerator magnets.

SMP researchers are involved in all core US-MDP program elements, including stress-managed high-field accelerator magnet concepts, high-temperature superconducting magnets, advanced modeling and analysis, and novel diagnostics and instrumentation. We also coordinate the Conductor Procurement and R&D element of the USMDP.