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December 13, 2022

New five-year grant from the National Science Foundation sustains the world’s most powerful magnet lab through 2027.


SciGirls campers

September 16, 2022

A $1.9 million will explore how online STEM programs can yield improved STEM identity in girls.


32 tesla superconducting magnet recognized with R&D 100 award

September 09, 2022

World's strongest superconducting magnet celebrated as a top 100 revolutionary technology. 


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August 10, 2022

Work connecting physics, chemistry and materials science illustrates new methods to yield materials with quantum properties.


Spin textures of the ordered spin-ice states for different applied fields.

July 05, 2022

Using a special technique performed in the MagLab's high fields, researchers have uncovered a method to understand spin ice materials.


The Fermi surface on the left shows the arrangement of electrons in a copper-oxide high temperature superconductor before the "critical point." After the critical point, the Fermi surface on the right shows that most electrons vanish.

March 14, 2022

MagLab users have discovered that magnetism is key to understanding the behavior of electrons in high-temperature superconductors.


A Timeline of Marie’s STEM Storied- Identity Trajectory and the Emotions that Surfaced. Sub-identities are categorized by color (Science/Math Identity - purple; Racial Identity - blue; Being Smart - green). Emotions are categorized by shape (Self-Doubt - triangle; Frustration - circle; Pride - square; Joy-Diamond). Moments of recognition where sub-identities wove and interlocked together are denoted with an oval.

March 07, 2022

New research explores the power of intersecting identities in a young Black woman’s STEM experience.


Plant biomass constructed by carbohydrate and aromatic components.

February 13, 2022

Researchers reveal how carbohydrates form plant biomass, information that may lead to new biorenewable energy solutions. 


The 21 tesla Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer used to analyze PFAS samples

February 09, 2022

Learn how the MagLab's high-field magnets are helping uncover the secrets of "forever chemicals."


Carlos R. Villa

December 06, 2021

Carlos R. Villa who is usually surrounded by K-12 students now joins a list of prestigious honorees recognized by the Tallahassee Scientific Society f…


Diagram illustrating three different patterns of superconductivity realized in a new material synthesized at MIT.

November 29, 2021

New research has potential applications in quantum computing and introduces a new way to measure the secrets of superconductivity.


Illustrative scheme of the fungal cell wall as a composition of many different polysaccharides and associated proteins.

November 22, 2021

Molecular architecture of fungal cell walls and the structural responses to stresses revealed in new paper.


From left, doctoral student Hamid Sanavandi and Associate Professor Wei Guo.

November 04, 2021

As humanity continues its exploration of the universe, the low-gravity environment of space presents unusual challenges for scientists and engineers.


Professor Rob Schurko, the director of the NMR facility at the MagLab.

October 19, 2021

New funding will explore the mysteries of the Platinum group elements to investigate possible alternatives to rare and expensive materials used in an …


Designing on paper

October 03, 2021

The world's next most powerful superconducting magnet will be designed at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.


Laura Greene, chief scientist at the National MagLab

September 22, 2021

Laura Greene is joining a prestigious group of advisors on US science and technology. 


From left, Jeremy Owens, an associate professor in the FSU Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science, and Sean Newby, a graduate research assistant, analyzing thallium isotopes on instruments at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

August 02, 2021

Researchers believe the ocean oxygenation occurred over a few tens of thousands of years, a very brief period in Earth’s geological history.


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July 29, 2021

Researchers define calculation framework to explain why electrons traveling in any direction in a strange metal follow the "Planckian limit.”


Greg Boebinger

May 03, 2021

Greg Boebinger, director of the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, has been named a member of the Nationa…


An illustration showing quantum vortex tubes undergoing apparent superdiffusion. The white dots represent trapped particle that the researchers tracked to visualize and track the motion of the tubes, and the red lines represent the random patterns that the particles traveled.

April 22, 2021

MagLab researchers visualized vortex tubes in a quantum fluid, findings that could help scientists better understand turbulence in quantum fluids, sup…


You Lai (left) and Johanna Palmstrom (right) use the new duplex magnet at the Los Alamos MagLab Pulsed Field Facility. The same magnet was recently used for the first time in a series of experiments on the exotic Kondo insulator YbB12.

April 21, 2021

The experiment is the first to use the new duplex magnet at the National MagLab's Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos.


Abiola Temidayo Oloye, left, a fifth-year doctoral candidate and the lead author of a study published in Superconductor Science and Technology, at an electron microscope with Fumitake Kametani, an associate professor of mechanical engineering and principal investigator for the study at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

April 19, 2021

New research to understand how processing impacts bismuth-based superconducting wires could help power future magnets or particle accelerators.


Touchdown Impact

April 01, 2021

Evidence indicates that this Antarctic airburst is the largest known airburst ever.


32-tesla all superconducting magnet

March 29, 2021

Made with high-temperature superconductors, the National MagLab's newest instrument offers researchers strength and stability to explore quantum mater…


Researchers have discovered a way to manipulate the repulsive force between electrons in "magic-angle" graphene, which provides new insight into how this material is able to conduct electricity with zero resistance.

March 23, 2021

A story of synergistic science showcases how theory and experimental research teamed up to yield first direct evidence of the nature of superconductiv…


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February 17, 2021

The science fun moves online with live virtual sessions, video demos, all-access virtual tours and online games.


Munir Humayun

February 10, 2021

New research finds evidence that Earth's water originated in asteroids.


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January 20, 2021

Tallahassee Company MagCorp to Partner with National MagLab.


Marcelo Jaime

December 04, 2020

Marcelo Jaime recognized for his contributions to experimental physics in high magnetic fields.


Scientists working at the National MagLab have found evidence of a quantum spin liquid in ruthenium trichloride (RuCl3). Read more about this image below.

October 05, 2020

A new experimental technique allowed physicists to precisely probe the electron spins of an intriguing compound and uncover unexpected behavior.


David Larbalestier

September 22, 2020

David Larbalestier is the first Florida State faculty member ever to receive the honor.


Participants in the 2019 SciGirls Coding Camp at the MagLab practice their skills.

September 21, 2020

Research on MagLab science camp yields a framework for better understanding how to encourage girls and underrepresented minorities in STEM's most male…


Research scientists Shreyas Balachandran (left) and William Starch draw lengths of niobium-tin superconducting wire at the Applied Superconductivity Center at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. A new grant of $1.5 million will allow the group to continue this research.

July 17, 2020

Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will further research that will help make the next generation of high-energy particle accelerators.


Photos of asphalt binder before and after being exposed to water and a solar simulator for a week.

July 13, 2020

MagLab researchers show that exposure to sun and water causes thousands of chemicals to leach from roads into the environment.


A monolayer semiconductor is found to be a close-to-ideal platform for fractional quantum Hall states - a quantum liquid that emerges under large perpendicular magnetic fields. The image illustrates monolayer WSe2 hosting "composite fermions", a quasi-particle that forms due to the strong interactions between electrons and is responsible for the sequence of fractional quantum Hall states.

July 06, 2020

Columbia researchers first to discover a quantum fluid—fractional quantum Hall states, one of the most delicate phases of matter—in a monolayer 2D sem…


The scientists examined hundreds of basalt samples taken along the global ridges that contain recycled ancient oceanic crust in varying amounts. "Depleted" segments of the ridge received less than "normal" amounts of recycled crust, while "enriched" segments contained a larger proportion of recycled crust.

June 26, 2020

Using a novel technique, researchers uncover secrets hidden deep below the surface of our planet.


The water wire (depicted by the red and white molecules) inside the helical gramicidin A protein can orient in two ways. At equilibrium, the transition between the two orientations is shown in this study to be a million times slower than previously believed, suggesting a much stronger interaction between the water wire and gramicidin A.

May 15, 2020

New insights challenge current understanding of how ion transport through some cell membranes works.


Florida State chemist Robert Schurko is the new director of the National MagLab’s NMR/MRI Facility in Tallahassee.

May 14, 2020

As head of nuclear magnetic resonance at the MagLab's Tallahassee headquarters, Rob Schurko hopes to expand capabilities and build new magnets.


The team's numerical modelling predicted the effects of a rotating drop of Bose-Einstein condensate (the lower shape) merging with a static drop (above it). A corkscrew-like structure reflecting the evolving condensate density emerged, showing an entirely different mechanism of transferring rotation than exists in classical fluids.

March 30, 2020

A model predicts that, unlike the eddies found in classical fluids, a corkscrew-shaped structure transfers rotation from one drop of quantum fluid to …


A CORC cable

March 16, 2020

The successful test of concept shows that the novel design, using a high-temperature superconductor, could help power tomorrow's particle accelerators…


A science fan uses a solar telescope at the MagLab’s 2019 Open House.

February 14, 2020

On Feb. 22, the lab opens its doors once again, inviting science lovers of all ages to do hands-on activities related to space, time and all things fu…


This image of a rat brain, generated with the MagLab's 21-tesla ICR mass spectrometer, reveals the distribution of three specific lipids.

January 23, 2020

Enabled by a world-record instrument, the images convey vast amounts of data that could be useful in health and pharmaceutical research.


Laura Greene walks the red carpet as a science celebrity and waves to a crowd of adoring fans at the MagLab’s movie-themed Open House in 2017.

October 24, 2019

MagLab Chief Scientist Laura Greene recognized by the Tallahassee Scientific Society for her exemplary career achievements in science and contribution…


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October 07, 2019

In a uranium-based compound once dismissed as boring, scientists watched superconductivity arise, perish, then return to life under the influence of h…


Chelsie Bowman (center), Seth Young (left), and Jeremy Owens (right), Bowman is the lead author and a Ph. D. candidate and Young and Owens are assistant professors in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Science.

August 30, 2019

New study resolves a longstanding paleoclimate mystery.


Mark Meisel is the new director of the MagLab's High B/T Facility at the University of Florida.

August 21, 2019

Rising from his post as deputy director, Mark Meisel plans to introduce new instruments and techniques to the facility.


Physicist Christianne Beekman (left) and chemist Yan-Yan Hu of the National MagLab and Florida State University have been awarded prestigous CAREER grants from the National Science Foundation.

July 22, 2019

Physicist Christianne Beekman and chemist Yan-Yan Hu have been recognized as outstanding early-career researchers by the National Science Foundation.


These 3D MRI images of sodium in a rat brain, acquired in the MagLab’s 21.1-tesla MRI scanner, illustrate the detail the instrument can capture. The image at right shows intracellular sodium, while the image at left shows extracellular sodium.

July 19, 2019

Researchers at the National MagLab will study the role sodium plays in this painful disease and test treatments that could offer relief.


Assistant Professor Jose Mendoza-Cortes and postdoctoral researcher A. Nijamudheen teamed with researchers from Cornell to design a more efficient battery.

July 12, 2019

Researchers see promise in a cheaper, safer alternative to lithium batteries.


Optical generation of trions in single-layer WSe2.

July 10, 2019

Move aside, electrons; it's time to make way for the trion.


Scientists working at the National MagLab have discovered a new type of quasiparticle in a structure featuring two layers of graphene. This so-called composite fermion consists of one electron and two different types of magnetic flux, illustrated as blue and gold arrows in the figure. Composite fermions are capable of forming pairs, a unique interaction that lead to the discovery of this unexpected new quantum Hall phenomena.

June 25, 2019

A new study reveals a suite of quantum Hall states that have not been seen previously, shedding new light on the nature of electron interactions in qu…


Florida State researchers working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo found a link between the churning of deep soils during deforestation and the release of carbon dioxide through streams and rivers.

June 24, 2019

Using powerful instruments at the National MagLab, scientists discovered that older dissolved organics from deforested areas were more energy-rich, an…


Left: Copper-oxide layers of LBCO, Right: The stripes of magnetism and charge in the cuprate (copper and oxygen) layers of the superconductor LBCO.

June 18, 2019

Emergence of unusual metallic state supports role of "charge stripes" in formation of charge-carrier pairs essential to resistance-free flow of electr…


This little coil, about the size of an empty toilet tissue roll, helped scientists achieve a new world record for a continuous magnetic field, 45.5 teslas. The coil was wound using a superconductor called rare earth barium copper oxide (REBCO), then wrapped with white fiberglass tape.

June 12, 2019

The compact coil could lead to a new generation of magnets for biomedical research, nuclear fusion reactors and many applications in between.


MagLab physicists Ryan Baumbach (left) and Kaya Wei study a class of materials with promising thermoelectric properties

May 31, 2019

In a crystalline structure that locks a heavy atom in a metal cage, scientists find a key to materials that can turn heat into electricity, and vice v…


Physicist Mikhail Eremets (pictured here at the National MagLab) led his team to the discovery of superconductivity at a record-high temperature in lanthanum hydride, a so-called "superhydride."

May 22, 2019

In a hydrogen-packed compound squeezed to ultra-high pressures, scientists have observed electrical current with zero resistance tantalizingly close t…


MagLab Research Assistant Abigail Centers (left) with her MagLab mentor Julia Smith. Centers was named Student Employee of the Year by the Southern Association of Student Employment Administrators.

April 11, 2019

A young computer programmer was surprised by not one, but two awards for building systems crucial to running the lab's magnets.


MagLab scientist Tim Cross, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Florida State University, has been named the university’s 2019-2020 Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor.

April 09, 2019

Lab veteran Tim Cross has been named 2019-2020 Lawton Distinguished Professor by his peers.


The FIB microscope will allow materials science researchers to slice through minuscule material samples and collect images of their structures.

March 28, 2019

State-of-the-art instrument will be used in materials and next-generation magnet research.


National MagLab researcher Sam Grant (above) and Dr. Michael Harrington from Huntington Medical Research Institutes used the world’s strongest MRI magnet to show how sodium distribution changes in the brain during migraines.

March 28, 2019

Findings clarify the role of sodium increase early in migraines and point to the region where symptoms may start.


Geochemists Seth Young (left) and Jeremy Owens with the MagLab's Thermo elemental analyzer and isotope ratio mass spectrometer, which measured sulfur isotopes in their samples. Their data made clear the connections between historic changes in ocean oxygen levels and mass extinction of marine organisms.

March 27, 2019

In findings that could shed light on current climate changes, researchers find conclusive evidence linking rising sea levels and lowering oxygen level…


Stromatolite in Shark Bay, Western Australia. These stromatolites are thought to be some of the most ancient forms of life on Earth and are comprised of organisms that probably contributed to the O2 scientists are inferring existed on ancient Earth (i.e., cyanobacteria).

February 25, 2019

MagLab data provide compelling evidence that extensive oxygenation took place in the ocean millions of years before the atmosphere’s “Great Oxidation …


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February 14, 2019

Lab to serve up heaping portions of science at food-themed Open House on Feb. 23.


FSU Assistant Professor of Physics Hanwei Gao, National MagLab researcher Yan Xin and FSU graduate student Xi Wang worked with a transmission electron microscope to conduct research on halide perovskites.

February 11, 2019

Promising technique could be used to turn light into electricity and electricity into light.


Applying pressure to twisted bilayer graphene transforms the material from a metal to a superconductor.

January 24, 2019

With a twist and a squeeze, researchers discover a new method to manipulate the electrical conductivity of this game-changing "wonder material."


LSU’s Tuo Wang and colleagues discovered that lignin has limited contact with cellulose inside a plant. Instead, the wiry complex carbohydrate called xylan connects cellulose and lignin as the glue.

January 22, 2019

Findings that “go against the textbooks” may improve biofuel production.


SLAC/Stanford researchers have switched a material in and out of a topological state with novel electronic properties. The scientists controlled the switch with an invisible form of light, called terahertz radiation, which made layers of the material swing back and forth.

January 07, 2019

Ultrafast manipulation of material properties with light could stimulate the development of novel electronics, including quantum computers.


An illustration of the step-wise metamagnetic transition of a new quantum material discovered in the lab of Rice physicist Emilia Morosan.

December 21, 2018

"Kondo metamagnet" is first in a family of eccentric quantum crystals


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October 30, 2018

35 highlights out of 423 reports representing the best of life sciences, chemistry, magnet science and technology, and condensed matter physics.


MagLab scientists and engineers will decide which of four possible approaches to building the next generation of superconducting magnets is most promising. Clockwise from top left they are: Bi-2212; no-insulation REBCO; insulated REBCO; and Bi-2223.

September 25, 2018

With funding from the National Science Foundation, scientists and engineers will determine the best way to build a new class of record-breaking instru…


Vincent Salters has pioneered techniques that look at isotopes of lutetium and hafnium in the Earth’s mantle. Vincent Salters has pioneered techniques that look at isotopes of lutetium and hafnium in the Earth’s mantle.

August 10, 2018

Vincent Salters joins the elite ranks of American Geophysical Union fellows.


MagLab physicist Arkady Shekhter described the finding as a new way metals can conduct electricity.

August 02, 2018

A material already known for its unique behavior is found to carry current in a way never before observed.


Paleobiogeochemist Nur Gueneli analyzes the oldest pigments yet discovered using magnets in the MagLab's Ion Cyclotron Resonance Facility.

July 11, 2018

Using tools at the MagLab, scientists pinpoint pigments that are the oldest on record.


The MagLab's Jun Lu was awarded a grant to develop a novel oxidization treatment for superconducting magnets.

July 09, 2018

"GAP" award will help further breakthrough treatment system for next-generation superconducting magnets.


Lance Cooley brings three decades of experience to his new position as ASC director.

June 15, 2018

Lance Cooley brings cool plans for developing superconducting materials and magnets.


Postdoctoral Fellow Theodore Them (left, holding an extinct fossil sample) and Assistant Professor Jeremy Owens (right, holding a rock core sample). The researchers used the samples to study the global record of oxygenation.

June 11, 2018

Volcanic activity, declining ocean oxygen triggered mass extinction of ancient marine organisms.


Martha Chacón-Patiño received the American Society for Mass Spectrometry Postdoctoral Career Development Award.

June 07, 2018

Martha Chacón-Patiño to jump-start collaboration that could advance both the treatment of cancer and the study of petroleum.


New research has found evidence of life in an asteroid crater only a few years after its extinction-causing impact. The three hair-covered forms (top left) represent species of plankton found inside the crater. The geometric form (bottom left) is a species of algae. Small organisms like these moved into the crater so quickly that bones from animals killed by the impact, such as the mosasaur pictured here, may have still been visible.

May 30, 2018

MagLab geochemist Jeremy Owens analyzed ancient fossils for the multi-institutional study published today in Nature.


MagLab physicist Steve Hill gives a tour to participants of the 11th Meeting of the Group of Senior Officials for Global Infrastructures.

May 24, 2018

The visit marked the first time the Group of Senior Officials for Global Infrastructures has met in the United States.


By compressing layers of boron nitride and graphene, researchers were able to enhance the material's band gap, bringing it one step closer to being a viable semiconductor for use in today’s electronic devices.

May 16, 2018

This research is a promising first step toward finding a way to use graphene as a transistor, an achievement that would have widespread applications.


The protons of liquid water (HDO) are hyperpolarized by spin transfer from co-adsorbed parahydrogen on the surface of platinum-tin nanoparticles. Parahydrogen (antiparallel arrows) is converted to orthohydrogen (parallel arrows) in this process.

April 30, 2018

Finding could make pricey, massive scanners a thing of the past.


Members of the MagLab team behind the Nijmegen magnet include (left to right); Joe Lucia, Justin Deterding, Todd Adkins, Robert Stanton, Erick Arroyo, Don Richardson, Lee Marks and project manager Iain Dixon.

April 23, 2018

When fully installed, the new instrument will be one of the two most powerful magnets on the planet.


Scientists from the University of California, Santa Barbara conduct research on a 35-tesla magnet in the lab's DC Field Facility.

April 02, 2018

The National Science Foundation announces five-year funding grant for continued operation of the world’s most powerful magnet lab.


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March 07, 2018

Scientists and science communicators team up in playful bout that engages physics fans worldwide.


Carlos R. Villa helps students explore static electricity using a Van de Graaff generator during a visit to a local school.

January 23, 2018

Veteran educator recognized for inspiring kids about science outside the classroom.


Photoluminescence response of MoS2–WS2 lateral heterostructures.

January 09, 2018

A unique way to bond together single-layer semiconductors opens a door to new nanotechnologies.


One of the two YBCO coils used in the world-record 32-tesla all-superconducting magnet.

December 12, 2017

Made with high-temperature superconductors, the National MagLab's newest instrument shatters a world record and opens new frontiers in science.


Lance Cooley examines the cross-section of an RF cavity, a critical component of a particle accelerator

October 23, 2017

The DOE effort foresees a slew of health, environmental and safety applications.


Solid state NMR structure of the FUS low complexity domain. In the foreground is a backbone trace of nine repeating units (in pink) in the protein fibrils. In the background is a light microscope image of liquid droplets formed by the FUS low complexity domain that are melted by phosphorylation of the fibril core region.

October 19, 2017

Research sheds new light on the formation of harmful structures that can lead to neurodegenerative diseases.


Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene.

October 09, 2017

Physicists prove a 30-year-old theory — the even-denominator fractional quantum Hall state — and establish bilayer graphene as a promising platform th…


41.4-tesla resistive magnet

August 22, 2017

The new 41.4-tesla instrument reclaims a title for the lab and paves the way for breakthroughs in physics and materials research.


Lance Cooley

April 19, 2017

Lance Cooley, an expert in the field of applied superconductivity, will join the lab this summer.


You could easily hold the 5-cm-long, no-insulation magnet in the palm of your hands

January 24, 2017

Game-changing technology may hold the key to ever-stronger magnets needed by scientists.


36-tesla Series Connected Hybrid Magnet

November 09, 2016

Combining tremendous strength with a high-quality field, the MagLab’s newest instrument promises big advances in interdisciplinary research.


Illustration of x-ray

September 28, 2016

A new x-ray instrument will become the strongest of its kind thanks to the power of the MagLab’s flagship split helix magnet.


The REBCO test coil reached 9 tesla in a 31 tesla background field

April 11, 2016

No insulation? No problem! In fact, by challenging the conventions of magnet making, MagLab engineers created a first-of-its-kind magnet that has only…


MagLab physicists Dorsa Komijani and Stephen Hill.

March 16, 2016

Findings published today in Nature may advance the era of quantum computers.


21T FT-ICR Magnet

October 01, 2015

State-of-the-art ion cyclotron resonance magnet system offers researchers significantly more power and accuracy than ever before.


The HZB magnet in Berlin.

October 20, 2014

A unique magnet developed by the MagLab and Germany's Helmholtz Centre Berlin has reached a new world record for a neutron scattering magnet.


SCM 2 magnet

June 30, 2014

A new record for a trapped field in a superconductor could herald the arrival of materials in a broad range of fields.


The new 21 Tesla FT-ICR magnet.

June 16, 2014

The MagLab and the Bruker Corporation have installed the world’s first 21 tesla magnet for Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance (FT-ICR) mass spe…