Irfu designs, builds, tests and operates large superconducting magnets for research. These magnets are a critical technology for nuclear and particle physics accelerators and detectors, such as the Atlas torus and the CMS solenoid in the LHC or the Glad dipole in GSI/Fair. The specifications imposed by the scientific objectives lead to large size, high magnetic fields and specific magnetic configurations.
The Institute applies its expertise to social issues, such as energy and health. Projects can be important like for example : the design and construction and installation of the ISEULT 11.
The design and construction of high technology cryomagnetic systems are based on R&D activities which are part of the first design or prototyping phase. SACM also maintains an R&D activity outside construction projects in order to prepare for the future. It runs a range of R&D through international collaboration and in particular with CERN, in order to develop new superconductors to increase the magnetic field or the operating temperature.