This week at the lab, a who’s who of high magnetic field researchers will be convening in Tallahassee for the Physical Phenomena at High Magnetic Fields conference (PPHMF).

Scientists, some from other magnet labs in Japan, the Netherlands, France, China, South Korea and Germany, will have the opportunity to hear dozens of talks, attend poster sessions and confer on subjects from cuprates to spintronics as they explore new opportunities in magnetic field research.

In between sessions, participants will have a lot to talk about, said conference chairman Neil Sullivan, as stronger, more novel magnets keep pushing the science forward. “There’s a tremendous excitement about new types of superconductors, new materials, topological insulators,” said Sullivan, director of the MagLab’s High B/T Facility. “All sorts of new things are emerging.”

Organized by the MagLab, this will be the eighth PPHMF conference since the event was launched in Tallahassee in 1991.


Graphic by Caroline McNiel / Text by Kristen Coyne

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