With a ceremony held on June 15, CERN officially started the construction of the High Luminosity LHC, an upgrade of CERN's Large Hadron Collider that will substantially increase luminosity at the collision points.
The project also represents a major technological challenge, as project manager Lucio Rossi explains in an interview, in which the Italian component, which makes up about a quarter of the collaboration, plays a leading role.
LASA is partner of the High Luminosity LHC program since 2010, when the first studies began. LASA is currently responsible for the design, construction and testing of "High-Order" super-ferric correcting magnets, which are aimed at correcting the field imperfections of the new "low-beta" focusing quadrupoles. The INFN, through the Superconductin Magnet Group, will also be responsible for the construction of the series of High Order magnets that will be installed in the LHC tunnel.
In March 2018 LASA reached a significant milestone related to this activity, concerning the testing of an innovative superconducting coil, which re i