This week at the lab, a researcher from Japan gave a seminar on his lab's efforts to build a high-field magnet for nuclear magnetic resonance. His visit was just the latest in a stream of exchanges between MagLab scientists and engineers and their peers at other institutions.
These dialogues take many shapes, with seminars being one of the most important.
Monday’s talk by Mamoru Hamada of Japan’s Tsukuba Magnet Laboratory was one of dozens of seminars that take place each year at the lab. Hamada's presentation was sponsored by the MagLab's Applied Superconductivity Center. The lab's Condensed Matter Science and Magnet Science & Technology (MS&T) groups also invite many visitors to share their research.
"This exchange of information improves the magnet development process in at least three ways," said MS&T Director Mark Bird. "It generates discussion that allows new ideas to emerge, enables ideas developed at one organization to be applied elsewhere, and helps us avoid approaches that others have already shown to be less than ideal."
MagLab scientist Arno Godeke attended this week's seminar and organized one last week for a scientist from Varian Medical Systems, a German company that builds proton therapy systems and a potential future partner for the MagLab. "It provides a good framework to interact with them closer and to start collaborations," said Godeke. "It's good to have these interactions. You both benefit in the end if you mutually move forward in that field."
Photo by Stephen Bilenky / Text by Kristen Coyne