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Meet the 45 Tesla Hybrid Magnet

The world-record 45 tesla hybrid magnet.
The world-record 45 tesla hybrid magnet.

This magnet combines a superconducting magnet of 11.5 tesla with a resistive magnet of 33.5 tesla.

In wide demand among scientists across the globe, this magnet has been featured in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Most of the space in this two-story instrument is taken up by the parts required to keep the superconducting magnet very cold (it's kept at 1.8 Kelvin, a scientific measure equivalent to -271 degrees Celsius or -456 degrees Fahrenheit). The magnet is connected to a closed system of pipes and machines that continually make and recycle 2,800 liters of liquid helium, pumping it around the magnet to keep it running. Even when not in use this magnet is kept cold: If it warms up to room temperature, it takes at least six weeks to cool it back down to operating temperature. Cold water is also needed — about 4,000 gallons (15,142 liters) every minute – to keep the resistive part from overheating, as it would otherwise do with the 33 megawatts of power it uses.

One of only a handful of hybrid magnets in the world, this mighty magnet uses in its superconducting portion enough copper wiring for 80 average homes — stretched out, it would go for 6.4 kilometers (4 miles).

Learn more about research on this magnet marvel here.

Behind-the-Scenes: World's Strongest Magnet in 360 Degrees

Vital Statistics

Strength 45 tesla
Type Hybrid
Bore size 32 mm (~1.25 inches)
Online since December 1999
Cost $14.4 million
Weight 31,752 kg (35 tons)
Height 6.7 meters (22 feet)
Operating temperature -271 ° C (-456 ° F)
Water used per minute 15,142 liters
(4,000 gallons)
Power required 30 MW

Last modified on 31 December 2022