Researchers at the MagLab are making discoveries today that will lead to the technologies of tomorrow. Whether a member of one of our robust in-house research groups or one of the nearly 1,400 outside scientists who do experiments here annually, MagLab researchers understand how high magnetic fields lead to making big discoveries.
Seeking the most powerful magnetic fields on Earth, scientists and engineers from across the world come to the MagLab to explore promising new materials, solve energy challenges and grow our understanding of living things. This kind of research has played a critical role in developing new technologies used every day – from electric lights and computers to motors, plastics, high-speed trains and MRI. Find out more by exploring our research initiatives, learning about our interdisciplinary research, or digging deeper into the hundreds of publications generated annually by MagLab researchers.
Scientists use our magnets to explore semiconductors, superconductors, newly-grown crystals, buckyballs and materials from the natural world — research that reveals the secret workings of materials and empowers us to develop new technologies.
Scientists here are working to optimize petroleum refining, advance potential bio-fuels such as pine needles and algae, and fundamentally change the way we store and deliver energy by developing better batteries.
Latest Science Highlight
MagLab FAIR Data Empowers 'Data Users'
10 June 2021
A new type of MagLab user has emerged: A Data User – who accesses MagLab data from repositories to advance individual research goals. In this highlight, the original work was a benchmark study on the performance of the 21T FT-ICR system that produced a set of data on colorectal cancer cells that has become a 'gold standard' for testing new data analysis algorithms and software packages. The original data set was later used in a poster and two papers in alignment with the MagLab's FAIR data initiative.
HTS NMR Probe Tracks Metabolism Cycles During Insect Dormancy
28 May 2021
An insect's ability to survive anaerobic conditions (without oxygen) during winter pupation occurs through periodic cycling of aerobic respiration pathways needed to recharge energy and clear waste. The cellular mechanisms at play during these brief near-arousal periods can provide clues to help improve the success in storage and transplant of human organs.
Exchange Bias Between Coexisting Antiferromagnetic and Spin-Glass Orders
28 May 2021
A pane of window glass and a piece of quartz are both are transparent to light, but their atomic structure is very different. Quartz is crystalline at the atomic level while window glass is amorphous. This can also occur with magnetism at the atomic level in solids containing magnetic states such as antiferromagnetism (ordered) and spin-glass (disorded). This work describes the interaction (exchange bias) between ordered and disordered magnetic states and how the magnetic properties of the material are altered as a result.
HTS NMR Probe Tracks Metabolism Cycles During Insect Dormancy, C. Chen, et al., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), 118 (1), 603118 (2021), See Science Highlight or Read online
Tracking the Potential for Damage in Nb3Sn Superconducting Coils from the Hardness of Surrounding Copper, S. Balachandran, et al., Superconductor Science and Technology, 34, 025001 (2021) See Science Highlight or Read online