Amalia Ballarino

Dr. Amalia Ballarino

CERN, Superconductors and Cryostats Group

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Senior scientist at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, Amalia Ballarino was responsible for the several thousand current leads that today power the superconducting magnets of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). For the development of High Temperature Superconducting (HTS) current leads, which has been the first large scale commercial application of HTS, she received the award of “Superconductor Industry Person of the Year 2006”. After having participated in the commissioning of the Large Hadron Collider, she has been working on the development of superconducting power transmission systems based on a novel MgB2 electrical transfer line. The systems will be used in the LHC for the powering of the High-Luminosity (HL-LHC) magnets; they  have also potential for power transmission in future grids. Since 2010, Amalia Ballarino is a section leader, in the CERN magnet group, in charge of superconductors’ development, characterization and procurement for the CERN accelerator complex. Her field of activity covers low and intermediate temperature (Nb-Ti, Nb3Sn and MgB2), and high-temperature (BSCCO and REBCO) superconducting wires and cables. Focus today is on the procurement of the Nb3Sn, MgB2 and REBCO for HL-LHC and on the R&D of high-performance superconductors for future high-energy machine. Since January 2021, Amalia Ballarino is the deputy group leader, at CERN, of the Magnets, Superconductors and Cryostats (MSC) group, with the responsibility of defining, implementing, and following up the R&D activities of the group, including those related to the high field magnets program. Coordinator of international collaborations in the field of applied superconductivity, she serves the community as lecturer, member of program committees of international conferences, and technical editor and reviewer of papers for scientific journals.  In last seven years, she delivered four plenary talks in internal conferences (IPAC 2014, MT-24, MT-25, EUCAS 2019). Author of more than 100 publications, she has about 3000 citations to published work.

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