Large Hadron Collider: Cold and Ready for Physics

CERN: LHC completes the circle. ‘At a brief ceremony deep under the French countryside today, CERN Director General Robert Aymar sealed the last interconnect between the main magnet systems in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). This is the latest milestone in commissioning the LHC, the world’s most powerful particle accelerator. The LHC’s superconducting main magnets […]

China’s First Thermonuclear Fusion Experiment

Thermonuclear fusion reactor test succeeds. ‘Chinese scientists on Thursday successfully conducted their first test of an experimental thermonuclear fusion reactor, which replicates the energy generating process of the sun. The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) fusion reactor, nicknamed “artificial sun”, was tested at the Institute of Plasma Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) […]

Superconducting Metal Sandwich: Lithium Monoboride (LiB)

New ‘metal sandwich’ may break superconductor record, theory suggests< /a>. ‘After an exhaustive data search for new compounds, researchers at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering have discovered a theoretical “metal sandwich” that is expected to be a good superconductor. Superconductive materials have no resistance to the flow of electric current. The new lithium monoboride […]