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Strategic Documents

mdpcover_100x131y The U.S. Magnet Development Program Plan (June 2016)

The U.S. Magnet Development Program is a multi-institutional partnership, coordinated by LBNL, to pursue the development of superconducting accelerator magnets that operate as closely as possible to the fundamental limits of superconducting materials and at the same time minimize or eliminate magnet training. As a High Energy Physics-funded program, the primary focus is on magnets for accelerators, but the generic approach will develop magnet technologies that can be applied to a large variety of applications across the DOE Office of Science and beyond.

Berkeley Center for Magnet Technology Strategic Framework (April 2017)

This document describes an organization closely related to the Berkeley Lab part of the USMDP; namely, the cross-divisional Berkeley Center for Magnet Technology (BCMT), which serves LBNL and the larger DOE community as a full-spectrum resource for both R&D and schedule- and cost-driven, project-oriented production of advanced magnet systems.


J. Qiang, L. Brouwer, and R. Teyber, “Fixed field phase shifters for a multi-pass recirculating superconducting proton linac,” Physical Review Accelerators and Beams 24, 030101 (9 March 2021),


Lucas Brouwer, Diego Arbelaez (LBNL); Bernhard Auchmann, Lorenzo Bortot (CERN); and Edvard Stubberud (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), “User defined elements in ANSYS for 2D multiphysics modeling of superconducting magnets,” Superconductor Science and Technology (accepted manuscript, online 1 July 2019),

Tengming Shen (LBNL); Ernesto Bosque (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory); Daniel Davis (LBNL and NHMFL); Jianyi Jiang (NHMFL); Marvis White (nGimat LLC); Kai Zhang, Hugh Higley, Marcos Turqueti (LBNL); Yibing Huang, Hanping Miao (Bruker OST LLC); Ulf Trociewitz, Eric Hellstrom (NHMFL); Jeffrey Parrell (Bruker OST LLC); Andrew Hunt (nGimat LLC); Stephen Gourlay, Soren Prestemon (LBNL); David Larbalestier (NHMFL), “Stable, predictable and training-free operation of superconducting Bi-2212 Rutherford cable racetrack coils at the wire current density of 1000 A/mm2,” Nature Scientific Reports 9, 10170 (15 July 2019),


S.A. Gourlay, “Superconducting accelerator magnet technology in the 21st century: A new paradigm on the horizon?,” Nucl. Instrum. Meth. A 893 (11 June 2018), pp. 124–137,

Xiaorong Wang, Shlomo Caspi, Daniel R Dietderich, William B Ghiorso, Stephen A Gourlay, Hugh C Higley, Andy Lin, Soren O Prestemon, Danko van der Laan, and Jeremy D Weiss, “A viable dipole magnet concept with REBCO CORC wires and further development needs for high-field magnet applications,” Superconductor Science and Technology 31 (6 March 2018), 045007,

Zhang, Kai; Ye, Liyang; Higley, Hugh; Gourlay, Steve; Prestemon, Soren; Shen, Tengming (LBNL); Bosque, Ernesto; Lamar, Charles; Jiang, Jian; Kim, Youngjae; Lu, Jun; Trociewitz, Ulf; Hellstrom, Eric; Larbalestier, David (NHMFL), “Tripled critical current in racetrack coils made of Bi-2212 Rutherford cables with overpressure processing and leakage control,” Superconductor Science and Technology 31, no. 9 (6 September 2018), p. 105009,


Tengming Shen, Pei Li (Fermilab), and Liyang Ye, “Heat treatment control of Bi-2212 coils: I. Unravelling the complex dependence of the critical current density of Bi-2212 wires on heat treatment,” Cryogenics 89 (Jan. 2018), pp. 95-101,

Tengming Shen, Liyang Ye, and Hugh Higley, “Strain control of composite superconductors to prevent degradation of superconducting magnets due to a quench: II. High-strength, laminated Ag-sheathed Bi-2223 tapes,” Superconductor Science and Technology 31, 1 (29 Nov. 2017), 015012.