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The MagLab is funded by the National Science Foundation and the State of Florida.

Research Groups

In addition to the extensive research that takes place in our seven user facilities and within our magnet development programs, several in-house research groups flourish at the Magnet Lab. These groups use MagLab facilities to pursue high-field research at the forefront of science and engineering and advance the lab's user program by developing new techniques and equipment. In-house research at the lab helps set research trends and provides leadership for experimental and theoretical research in magnetic materials and phenomena.

Research Groups

Condensed Matter

Scientists in the Condensed Matter Group include theory and experimental physicists on faculty at Florida State University concentrate on various aspects of condensed matter physics.


Many magnets at the MagLab operate only at very low temperatures made possible by cryogenics like liquid nitrogen and liquid helium. The Cryogenics Group does research and development to advance the field and support technology.

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The Geochemistry Group's research is centered around the use of trace elements and isotopes to understand Earth processes and the environment in the broadest sense.

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Center for FAIR & Open Science

The MagLab’s Center for FAIR and Open Science aims to ensure that all products derived from research done at the MagLab are shared according to the principles of FAIR data and open science. Working with users and staff, this Center works to provide knowledge and tools that simplify the process of FAIR and open data management, making it an integral and seamless part of the research experience that maximizes benefit to all present and future stakeholders.

Center for Rare Earths, Critical Minerals, and Industrial Byproducts

The MagLab’s Center for Rare Earths, Critical Minerals, and Industrial Byproducts launched with funding from the Florida Legislature in 2023, the Center will evaluate Florida's potential as a production center for rare earths, critical minerals, and recovered materials for national security, supply-chain independence, meeting state infrastructure needs, and supporting emerging industries such as electric vehicle production, battery manufacturing, and other manufacturing and infrastructure uses.

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Individual Research Groups at the MagLab

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Quantum Spin Dynamics Lab

Our research is focusing on the coherent motion of magnetic moments of various nature; to that end, we are using quantum devices that combine the quantum nature of spins and photons. Group activities are supervised by Prof Irinel Chiorescu from the Department of Physics & National MagLab, Florida State University.


Baumbach Lab

With an emphasis on inducing and studying unconventional states of matter, the FSU-based Baumbach Research Group addresses these challenges by tightly closing the feedback loop between materials synthesis and magnetic/electronic characterization.


Greene Lab

An FSU-based condensed matter experimental group mainly focused on the electron spectroscopic properties of novel superconductors, strongly correlated electron systems, and topological materials.


Scott A. Crooker

A LANL-based research group focused on low-temperature, scanning magneto-optical spectroscopy, ultrafast, coherent time-domain terahertz spectroscopy in high B fields to 18 T (for complex conductivity measurements from 100-1500 GHz in high B fields), high-speed "linear" optical spectroscopy in pulsed magnetic fields to 90 Tesla (PL, absorption, reflectivity studies in the 10-1000 ms duration pulsed magnets), and time-correlated single-photon counting in dc & pulsed magnetic fields (for time-resolved PL in high B; ~35ps resolution).


Sam Grant

An FSU-based research group with an emphasis on the application of high field magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy (MRS) for biomedical problems. They are especially focused on the fabrication and optimization of tools for high field MRI application & the utilization of those tools for the evaluation of biological tissues and cellular engineered constructs in the study of neurological and muscular degeneration.


Stephen Hill

Leveraging the EMR Facility, this FSU-based group is focused on experimental condensed matter physics including high-field/high-frequency Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR), Molecular nanomagnets and Single-Molecule Magnets (SMMs), Magnetic field-induced quantum critical phenomena, Molecular conductors and superconductors, Magnetochemistry (magneto-structural correlations), Dynamic Nuclear Polarization and Microwave and infrared spectroscopy

Hirschfeld group

The UF-based Hirschfeld group studies problems of modern many-body theory associated with quantum materials. These are condensed matter systems that cannot be described by the conventional Bloch picture of a single electron moving in a periodic potential. They exhibit remarkable collective phenomena and novel ordered phases, and are expected to be relevant to the next generation of electronic devices. One particular focus is on "unconventional" superconductors, where electron pairing is driven by repulsive Coulomb interactions.


Hendrik Luesch

This UF-based multidisciplinary research program sits at the interface of chemistry and biology combining classical natural products chemistry with high-throughput screening and chemical genomics. It involves most aspects of drug discovery ranging from the collection of promising marine organisms, bioassay development, NMR spectroscopic structure determination, chemical synthesis, mechanism-of-action studies, and pharmacology, up to the preclinical and clinical development of candidate molecules. His lab is producing a small but increasing pipeline of bioactive compounds that are at various developmental stages.

Last modified on 16 May 2024