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Helium recovery bag

The MagLab is full of weird contraptions. Find out what they are, how they work and why we need them.

The Pulsed Field Facility's 240-ton generator.

The Pulsed Field Facility's 240-ton generator is so massive and so powerful that it can't sit on the ground.

In the bus tunnel.

Sure, it looks a subway tunnel for giants. But while MagLab's bus tunnel is used for transportation, it's not the kind of transportation you're thinki…

Cable-in-conduit winding spool.

This high-tech spool is one big bobbin.

The lab has four chillers.

The Magnet Lab relies on four chillers for the big job of keeping the biggest magnets cool.

Research engineer Justin Deterding works on the current leads for the 36 tesla series connected hybrid magnet

To get millions of watts of electricity into our magnets, we need a couple of these.

Dewars waiting to be filled.

This important container protects people in the lab from Oxygen Deficiency Syndrome.

Diamond anvil cells

Diamonds are a scientist's best friend — especially if that scientist needs to compress a material.

A dilution refrigerator installed in one of the lab's 35 tesla magnets.

Dilution fridges owe their cooling power to the incredible element helium. This animation illustrates how dil fridges exploit the element's properties…

Copper mesh was installed over the windows of the lab's Millikelvin Facility to create a Faraday cage.

A faraday cage is an important tool for some scientists at the MagLab. But they don't workwithit — they work inside it.

Helium Recovery Bag

These bags are part of a recovery project that helps control the lab's helium bill.

The inside of an image furnace. A video camera is built into the instrument (barely discernible in the middle of the photo).

Scientists use image furnaces to grow crystals at very high temperatures; a built-in camera allows them to observe in action a delicate process that i…

Lithium niobate

This crystal isn't just pretty; it's at the core of modern communication.

This probe, a static low-E probe for aligned proteins, is one of dozens designed and built at the MagLab

Without this instrument, the lab's high powered magnets would be useless.

The tall, blue 600-gallon resin bed is full of countless tiny resin beads that deionize magnet cooling water.

This modest-looking tank is a MagLab hero in disguise.

Cooling tower

You could grow quite a garden with all the water we store at the MagLab. But we prefer to use it to keep our magnets cool.