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With so many people working from home, let the National MagLab add some attractive science fun to your next virtual meeting.

Here at the world's largest and highest-powered magnet lab, we are home to some of the most spectacular science spots on the planet. Now we are sharing them with you to help transform your next virtual staff meeting, happy hour, game night or holiday gathering into your own science Shangri-La.

Explore the animated and still images below. Save your favorites to your device and add to Zoom as a virtual background. While we can't promise they will make you sound any smarter, they may help amaze your fellow Zoom participants with the wonders of science!


Animated Backgrounds

Bitter Disk Shine

Credit: Stephen Bilenky

These beautiful Bitter disks are what make up our massive resistive magnets. Let them sparkle and shine in the background of your next meeting to celebrate the beauty of science and engineering.

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Seeing Inside

Credit: Stephen Bilenky

What would electricity and magnetism look like if you could see them? See inside one of the MagLab’s newest world-record magnet systems – the 41- tesla ? x Tesla, or T, is a unit of magnetic field strength; a strong refrigerator magnet is .01 tesla, and a typical MRI machine is 1.5 to 3 tesla. The MagLab's strongest persistent magnet has a field of 45 teslas. resistive magnet – as electrons flow, generating a magnetic field. (Watch a 3-minute animated video of this magnet on YouTube.)

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Stars Over the MagLab

Credit: Stephen Bilenky

The MagLab's headquarters building is majestic under a beautiful Tallahassee night sky.

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Static Backgrounds

Want to work in the fringe fields of one of the world's strongest magnets? Get up close and personal with one of these virtual backgrounds of actual magnet research spaces at the MagLab.

900 MHz Ultra Wide Bore

900 MHz Ultra Wide Bore

Credit: Stephen Bilenky

This unique magnet is the world’s strongest MRI machine and is also used for nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR).

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The 41-Tesla

The 41-Tesla

Credit: Stephen Bilenky

This instrument is the world's strongest resistive magnet.

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The 21-Tesla ICR

The 21-Tesla ICR

Credit: Stephen Bilenky

The world-record 21-tesla ion cyclotron resonance magnet provides complex chemical analysis.

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4.7-Tesla MRI

4.7-Tesla MRI

Credit: Stephen Bilenky

This magnet, housed at the MagLab's University of Florida location, offers preclinical imaging to help fight disease.

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HiPER Spectrometer

HiPER Spectrometer

Credit: Stephen Bilenky

This high-powered spectrometer enables continuous wave and pulsed electron magnetic resonance measurements.

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High B/T Magnet

High B/T Magnet

Credit: Dave Barfield

This 8-tesla magnet reaches some of the coldest manmade temperatures on Earth — 0.04 microkelvin, just a fraction above absolute zero.

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Bitter Disk Art

Bitter Disk Art

Credit: Stephen Bilenky

This unique art hangs in the lobby and is crafted from the disks that make up our powerful magnets.

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Equation Chalkboard

Equation Chalkboard

Credit: Stephen Bilenky

Brilliant minds are in every corner of the MagLab. Here is the proof.

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Control Room Monitors

Control Room Monitors

Credit: Stephen Bilenky

Control room staff keep a close watch over the operation of our resistive and hybrid magnets, cryogenics and other complex systems that keep our magnets running. Learn more about how "Team Tesla" keeps these magnets operating at peak performance.

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Overpressure Furnace

Overpressure Furnace

Credit: Stephen Bilenky

This furnace at the lab's Applied Superconductivity Center helps the MagLab design superconducting coils of the future.

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Winding High Bay

Winding High Bay

Credit: Larry Gordon

This is where experts from the lab's Magnet Science & Technology group make some of the world's largest and highest-powered superconducting magnets, including massive cable-in-conduit coils that are wound on a giant spool.

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Lab Space

Lab Space

Credit: Stephen Bilenky

In addition to our many magnets for visiting scientists, the lab includes multiple spaces for staff scientists to experiment, including this one in the building's C wing shared by several physicists.

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Colorful Conductor

Colorful Conductor

Credit: Peter Lee

This close up of Bi-2122 showcases the power of superconductivity, the flow of electrons without heat. See more stunning superconducting images.

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Rat Brain

Rat Brain

Credit: Don Smith, National MagLab

This rat brain image was made using a special technique on our 21-tesla ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer. For more beautiful research results, visit Artsy-Chartsy.

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Last modified on 10 January 2023