Cryogenics Research Group

Cryogenics Group (taken: July 2017) Cryogenics Group (taken: July 2017)

Many magnets at the MagLab operate at temperatures below ambient. These mostly include the superconducting magnets such as the hybrid outsert and NMR magnets. These magnets need an environment close to absolute zero (typically 4.2 Kelvin, -452° F) to be able to carry the high electrical currents needed to produce the magnetic fields.

Cryogenics is the science and technology of very low temperatures. It includes knowledge of the properties of materials and fluids at low temperatures as well as the technologies of producing and maintaining low temperatures.

Outside the MagLab many other organizations and technologies depend on cryogenics. These include:

  • Large energy projects such as high energy physics accelerators and nuclear fusion reactors that utilize superconducting magnets to confine and accelerate charged particles
  • The international space program where many of the rocket fuels are cryogenic (LH2 and LO2) and many of the scientific experiments are conducted at very low temperatures
  • Magnetic resonance imaging that has become a critical diagnostic tool for medical professionals around the world

The MagLab’s Cryogenics group does research and development to advance the field and supports technology using specialized facilities and equipment.

Opportunities at the Cryogenics Lab

Watch the video below to learn about research opportunities for early-career scientists in the Cryogenics Lab.


For more information, contact Program Director Wei Guo.

Last modified on 22 August 2017