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The HL-LHC Low-β quadrupole magnet MQXF: From short models to long prototypes

  • Author(s): Ferracin, P
  • Ambrosio, G
  • Anerella, M
  • Bajas, H
  • Bajko, M
  • Bordini, B
  • Bossert, R
  • Bourcey, N
  • Cheng, DW
  • Chlachidze, G
  • Cooley, LD
  • Troitino, SF
  • Fiscarelli, L
  • Fleiter, J
  • Guinchard, M
  • Bermudez, SI
  • Krave, S
  • Lackner, F
  • Mangiarotti, F
  • Marchevsky, M
  • Marinozzi, V
  • Muratore, J
  • Nobrega, A
  • Pan, H
  • Perez, JC
  • Pong, I
  • Prestemon, S
  • Prin, H
  • Ravaioli, E
  • Sabbi, GL
  • Schmalzle, J
  • Tavares, SS
  • Stoynev, S
  • Todesco, E
  • Vallone, G
  • Wanderer, P
  • Wang, X
  • Yu, M
  • et al.

Among the components to be upgraded in LHC interaction regions for the HiLumi-LHC projects are the inner triplet (or low-β) quadrupole magnets, denoted as Q1, Q2a, Q2b, and Q3. The new quadrupole magnets, called MQXF, are based on Nb Sn superconducting magnet technology and operate at a gradient of 132.6 T/m, with a conductor peak field of 11.4 T. Q1 and Q3 are composed of magnets (called MQXFA) fabricated by the U.S. Accelerator Upgrade Project (AUP), with a magnetic length of 4.2 m. Q2a and Q2b consist of magnets (called MQXFB) fabricated by CERN, with a magnetic length of 7.15 m. After a series of short models, constructed in close collaboration by the US and CERN, the development program is now entering in the prototyping phase, with CERN on one side and BNL, FNAL, and LBNL on the other side assembling and testing their first long magnets We provide in this paper a description of the status of the MQXF program, with a summary of the short model test results, including quench performance, and mechanics, and an update on the fabrication, assembly, and test of the long prototypes. 3

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