Seminar By Mark Bird, Magnet Science and Technology, National MagLab
Title: A Look Back, A Look Ahead
Abstract: It is an exciting time for magnets & their materials at the MagLab! The MagLab’s 36 T Series-Connected Hybrid (SCH) magnet is now serving users! The 41.4 T resistive magnet project is complete! The 32 T magnet has reached full field! The outsert for the 45 T hybrid magnet in Nijmegen has been shipped! These magnets are the latest tangible results of decades of development of high field magnet technology in Tallahassee.
New technology is being developed for HTS magnets! Construction of pulsed magnets is restarting in Tallahassee, along with new challenges!
High Temperature Superconductors (HTS) were discovered in 1986. In 2007 SuperPower announced a high strength version of one of those materials – YBCO. The MagLab’s 32 T achievement in 2017 is the first superconducting magnet to move significantly beyond the 23.5 T available from low-temperature superconductors. In coming years HTS magnets should begin to fulfill their promise in a number of fields of science: moving from 32 T for condensed matter physics to 40 T and beyond; providing high fields in large volumes to enable detection of axions (one proposed type of dark matter); allowing x-ray and neutron scattering at unprecedented high fields; MRI with dramatically enhanced signal to noise; NMR, etc.
Join us for a review of some highlights from the recent past and an outline of the odyssey ahead!