Magnetic lenses using different MgB 2 bulk superconductors

Z. Y. Zhang, S. Choi, S. Matsumoto, R. Teranishi, G. Giunchi, A. Figini Albisetti, T. Kiyoshi

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A magnetic lens allows the concentration of magnetic fields using the diamagnetism of superconductors. The important features of the magnetic lens are a tapered inner diameter from which the magnetic flux is extruded and a slit to suppress the circumference current that shields the magnetic flux. This concept was experimentally confirmed through the use of GdBaCuO bulks and a stack of NbTi/Nb/Cu sheets. We refer to this arrangement as a magnetic lens. The Mg-reactive liquid infiltration (Mg-RLI) process developed by Edison SpA is suitable for the production of large and high-density MgB 2 bulks. Three MgB 2 bulk magnetic lenses, each with a different microstructure, were fabricated following the Mg-RLI process. The properties of the MgB 2 magnetic lenses were measured in a cryocooler system as well as in liquid helium. The results confirmed that the MgB 2 bulk magnetic lenses could concentrate a magnetic field and that their field concentration properties were greatly affected by the temperature and the external field. In addition, the microstructure of the MgB 2 bulk also had an influence on the magnetic properties at different external fields. The results indicated that the MgB 2 lens might be utilized as a field amplifier in intermediate fields.

Original languageEnglish
Article number025009
JournalSuperconductor Science and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry

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