26 October 2015

MagLab "users" convene in New Mexico

The 1.42 gigawatt motor generator at the MagLab's Pulsed Field Facility in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The 1.42 gigawatt motor generator at the MagLab's Pulsed Field Facility in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Kim Schneider

This week at the lab, dozens of scientists and engineers who do research in our magnets meet with lab staff to share input on the tools, environment and support needed for their work.

The annual MagLab Users Committee meeting is taking place from Tuesday through Thursday in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The 36-member committee, made up of scientists from all over the world specializing in the different types of science conducted at the lab, will hear updates on MagLab facilities and techniques. The group will also help shape the lab’s upcoming grant proposal to the National Science Foundation, the lab’s primary funding agency.

The Users Committee represents some 1,400 scientists and engineers who do research at the MagLab every year. They use the lab's unique, powerful magnets for free, as long as they share their results, as almost all users do. Their input is critical to helping the lab design, create and maintain instruments that enable their cutting-edge experiments.

"We need to have that feedback from them," said User Program Chief of Staff Anke Toth. "We work with scientists at the forefront of their fields; their vision and drive help inform the direction and priorities of the lab."

The three-day agenda features a tour of Los Alamos National Laboratory, including the Pulsed Field Facility, one of the lab's seven user facilities. Committee members will have the chance to see the MagLab's world-record 100 tesla multi-shot magnet and the 240-ton 1.42 gigawatt motor generator that powers it (pictured above).


Photo by Kim Schneider / Text by Kristen Coyne

Last modified on 26 October 2015