High Field YBCO Magnet Technology for Muon Cooling

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-09ER86397
Agency Tracking Number: 91094
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: 36 d
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-08ER08-34
Small Business Information
552 N. Batavia Avenue, Batavia, IL, 60510
DUNS: 117921259
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Stephen Kahn
 (631) 344-2282
Business Contact
 Thonas Roberts
Title: Dr
Phone: (630) 840-2424
Email: tjrob@muonsinc.com
Research Institution
 Florida State University
 Kirby Kemper
 National High Magnetic Field L
1800 East Paul Dirac Drive
Tallahassee, FL, 32310
 (850) 644-3347
 Nonprofit college or university
Superconducting YBCO coated conductors, originally developed for high temperature operation, carry significant current even in the presence of extremely high magnetic fields, when they operate at low temperature. The successful design of the magnets needed for high energy physics applications using such high-field YBCO depends critically on engineering property issues, including the dependence of critical current on multi-axis strain, and on failure limits in the event of a quench. In this project, YBCO will be evaluated for high-field accelerator use by concentrating on the design of an innovative solenoid magnet that would have a useful role in muon beam cooling. Phase I will (1) develop and analyze a conceptual design of a high-field solenoid using the YBCO conductor, (2) measure the electro-mechanical properties of YBCO, (3) determine the maximum engineering current density (Je) as a function of temperature and multi-axis strain, and (4) measure the YBCO coil quench properties and quench-related failure limits. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: The high-field magnet, designed in this project, should have an immediate use as an essential part of the cooling chain for a muon collider. The expertise gained from this project also should enable the use of YBCO in very high-field solenoids, dipoles, and quadrupoles for applications in future particle accelerators. Also, high-field solenoid magnets would be essential for NMR research in physics, biology, chemistry, and material science.

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