What Goes in the Magnet?

Curious scientists put all sorts of things in our magnets. Find out what they are and why you care.

A Mouse

Why are scientists putting a mouse in the MagLab's magnets? A scientist is developing an MRI technique to detect kidney disease that lights up the organs' metabolism.


ICR technology helps identify new kinds of hemoglobin abnormalities.


A scientist combines high magnetic fields with ultra short laser pulses to probe the mysteries of photosynthesis.

Uranium magnet

The intriguing structure and properties of a uranium alloy hold clues about some of the most interesting and promising materials studied by physicists today.

A rodent

With the help of the world's strongest MRI machine, a scientist uses a novel technique to pinpoint ground zero for a migraine.

Next-generation magnet

One of the best tools for testing new materials for the next generation of research magnets is a MagLab magnet.

Peat soil

Looking for clues on climate change, a scientist digs up the dirt on peat from around the world.

An oxide sandwich

Two researchers play with nanostructures in a fun, fertile physics playground: the space between two things.