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Oxford Instruments collaborates with CERN on magnet development

PUBLISHED: 16:04 29 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:06 29 October 2013

Abingdon-based Oxford Instruments has signed a contract with CERN as part of the next generation upgrade of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to high luminosity.

The proposed HiLumi upgrade will enable a significant increase in the proton collision rate and extend the physics reach of the LHC. This requires the deployment of high field 11-13 Tesla magnets constructed with Nb3Sn superconducting technology.

Oxford Instruments is the world-leading supplier of wire and research magnets using Nb3Sn. It will apply its deep manufacturing experience to the collaboration with CERN on the prototyping and industrialization of the HiLumi accelerator magnets.

Dr Steve Chappell, head of the consultancy business group at Oxford Instruments, said: “We are really excited to be collaborating with CERN on HiLumi. In the spirit of partnership and innovation at the heart of our business, this is a valuable opportunity to learn from each other and together advance superconducting magnet technology.”

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For more about Oxford Instruments, visit their website: http://www.oxford-instruments.com/

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