Russia will begin production of improved superconductors for supercollider megaprojects

Russian fuel manufacturer TVEL expects one of its subsidiaries to be able to create superconductors with enhanced performance for new “high energy physics megaprojects” by 2019.

The A A Bochvar High-Technology Scientific Research Institute for Inorganic Materials (VNIINM) said yesterday its scientists had completed the “next stage of an ambitious project of international importance”. This was, it said, the “measurement of the critical current of samples of low-temperature superconducting materials with enhanced properties”.

During this process, they have “determined the maximum current that can be passed through superconductors” – the so-called critical current. The statement added: “This experience and proven methodology will allow the Russian nuclear industry to successfully manage the task of creating designs and technologies of superconductors for particle accelerators of a new generation.”

The critical current is one of the most important characteristics in the design of magnetic systems for scientific applications in such major international projects as ITER, NICA and the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the institute said, and for magnetic systems in medical CT scanners, which is important for the development of nuclear medicine.

In March 25, 2016 Russia begun construction of a superconducting collider, NICA, in Dubna, Moscow region.

The IBR 2 pulse reactor at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in the town of Dubna in the Moscow Region. Source: Boris Babanov / RIA Novosti

SOURCES – World Nuclear News, RBTH