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MgB2 Superconductor

Wires fabricated from MgB<sub>2</sub> hold great promise. They are cheap and relatively easy to produce. The critical temperature is high enough (39 K) to enable the development of conduction cooled magnets, rather than the more expensive method of submerging the magnet in liquid helium. Work is ongoing at CSMM on all stages of fabrication, from basic material studies to fabrication and testing of subscale MRI magnet coils.