Squeeze, Freeze, Discoveries

In this video, physicist Shanti Deemyad talks about subjecting materials to extreme environments in her pursuit of unusual behaviors that could lead to new inventions.

Left: Matt Kirschner, MagLab programmer. Right: Shamti Deemyad, a physicist at University of Utah.

Grant to Launch Next-Generation Magnets

The National Science Foundation has awarded $4.2 million to the MagLab to determine the best way to build the high-temperature superconducting magnets of the future.

Options for creating high-temperature superconducting magnet coils.

How Do MRI Machines Work?

Watch the latest episode of See-Thru Science to learn how radio waves and strong magnets combine to create pictures of the inside of our bodies.

How ignition coils work.

Pinning and Melting in a Quantum Wigner Crystal

Scientists working at the MagLab stablished experimental evidence for the long sought-after transition of a small, two-dimensional sheet of electrons to a solid state.

Temperature dependence of the differential resisitivity.

New State in Tantalum Arsenide

For the first time, using very strong magnets and very low temperatures, scientists have observed a phenomenon known as the chiral anomaly.

Electrical resistivity of TaAs for temperatures from 20K to 0.7K.

Research Initiatives

Research Initiatives - Materials


Scientists use our magnets to explore semiconductors, superconductors, newly-grown crystals, buckyballs and materials from the natural world — research that reveals the secret workings of materials and empowers us to develop new technologies.

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Research Initiatives - Energy


Scientists here are working to optimize petroleum refining, advance potential bio-fuels such as pine needles and algae, and fundamentally change the way we store and deliver energy by developing better batteries.

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Research Initiatives - Life


With the world’s strongest MRI magnet, scientists here study everything from living animals to individual cells, from proteins to disease-fighting molecules found in plants and animals — work that could improve treatment of AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases.

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Latest Science Highlights

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Featured Publications

Destruction of Weyl nodes and a New State in TaAs above 80 Teslas, B.J. Ramshaw, et al., Nature Communications, 9: 2217 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Pinning and melting of a quantum Wigner crystal, T. Knighton, et al., Phys Rev B, 97, 085135 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Manipulating the ferryl tilt in a non-heme oxoiron(IV) complex that makes the complex a better oxidant, W. Rasheed, et al., Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 57, 9387-9391 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

1.1 billion-year-old porphyrins evidence photosynthesis 600 million years earlier than previously established, N. Guineli, et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., 115, 1-9 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Metabolic assessment of migraines using ultra-high magnetic fields, N. Abad, et al., Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 79(3):1266-1275, (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Imaging pH levels with a CoII2 MRI Probe, A. E. Thorarinsdottir, et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139, 15836–15847 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Dirac fermions detected via quantum oscillations, T. Terashima, et al., Physical Review X, 8, 011014 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Phase diagram of URu2–xFexSi2 in high magnetic fields, S. Ran, et al., PNAS, 114, 37, 9826 (2017) See Science Highlight or Read online