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Construction and Operation of Cryogen Free {\hbox {MgB}}_{2} Magnets for Open MRI Systems

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Following a dedicated R&D program, ASG Superconductors has recently developed techniques for designing and constructing open cryogen free MRI magnets, refrigerated by two double stage cryocoolers only. The magnet consists of two coils both made with six double pancakes, each double pancake being obtained reacting and winding 1600 m of multifilamentary, copper-stabilized MgB2 tape supplied by Columbus Superconductors. Here we report the thermal and electromagnetic characterization and the achieved targets of the first prototype, evaluated on a long term activity period. The MRI images, acquired starting from November 2006, further demonstrate the accomplishment of remarkable magnet performances. In parallel to the long term tests on the first prototype, ASG Superconductors has designed and constructed a second MRI magnet with improved characteristics. We present here the related test results and a comparison with the previous ones.

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IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 2 )