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Science Highlights

These monthly highlights, selected by MagLab Director Greg Boebinger, represent the most promising and cutting-edge research underway in the lab’s seven user facilities.


December 12, 2019

Complex Phase Diagram and Reentrant Disorder in Ce3TiSb5

Ce3TiSb5 identified as a metallic magnet in which inverse melting does occur.

A microwave beam (rainbow and solid blue arrow) is used to excite a free electron (purple), which in turn enhances (dashed blue arrows) magnetic resonance signals (black arrows) on near-by carbon atoms (yellow), thus allowing high sensitivity in combination with high-resolution.

December 12, 2019

Liquid State Dynamic Nuclear Polarization at High Magnetic Field

This finding demonstrates a path forward to dramatically enhance sensitivity for molecule concentration measurement by magnetic resonance using Overha…

Spin configurations at magnetic fields above 25T.

October 28, 2019

Emergent States of Matter in Chemically Doped Quantum Magnets

Research on doped SrCu2(BO3)2 shows anomalies in the magnetization.

Magnetic field versus angle dependence of the superconducting phases in UTe2.

October 28, 2019

Extreme Re-Entrant Superconductivity

Studies of uranium ditelluride in high magnetic fields show superconductivity switching off at 35 T, but reoccurring at higher magnetic fields between…

Motion pattern of atoms for the phonon modes that change in magnetic field.

September 20, 2019

Spin-Lattice and Electron–Phonon Coupling in 3d/5d Hybrid Sr3NiIrO6

In Sr3NiIrO6 vibrations in the crystal lattice (phonons) play an important role in its intriguing magnetic properties that result in a very high coerc…

Layer critical current density, Jc, in a variety of variants of Nb3Sn monofilament wires fabricated to include Tantalum (Ta), Zirconium (Zr) and Hafnium (Hf) additions, both with and without SnO2 suitable for internal oxidation of the Zr and Hf.

September 20, 2019

Hafnium Greatly Improves Nb3Sn Superconductor for High Field Magnets

Small additions of elemental Hafnium boosts current-carrying capability in Nb3Sn superconductor.


September 20, 2019

Outreach for English Language Learners

To broaden participation in STEM, onsite outreach at the MagLab is now offered in Swahili in addition to Spanish, German and French.

"Hb AC" denotes heterozygous β-chains: one normal, and one with a single mutation of glutamic acid to lysine at amino acid sequence position 6.

August 19, 2019

Identification of abnormal hemoglobin from human blood

Precise determination of hemoglobin sequence and subunit quantitation from human blood for diagnosis of hemoglobin-based diseases.

Schematic of TbInO3 in which one electron sits at each site on a triangular lattice.

August 19, 2019

Unusual “Spin Liquid” Quantum State Found in TbInO3

Using intense pulsed magnetic fields and measurements at low temperatures, MagLab users have found evidence of a long-sought “spin liquid” in terbium …

The photo shows the NMR probe used for the ultra-low temperature NMR measurements.

July 29, 2019

Luttinger Liquid Behavior of Helium-Three in Nanotubes

Study of helium atoms at low temperatures illuminate extreme quantum effects that were earlier predicted.

Magnetic Resonance studies of calcium to measure the local environments around the calcium atoms.

July 29, 2019

Ultra-High Magnetic Fields Provide New Insights Into Bone-Like Materials

Very high magnetic fields now enable researchers to understand what surrounds calcium atoms in materials.

Non-Cu Jc-B curves of the APC wire given various heat treatments and the state-of-the-art Nb3Sn wire as reference, as well as the FCC Jc specification

June 20, 2019

Fifty Percent Boost for Niobium–tin

MagLab users have modified the critical current of Nb3SN, a material that was thought to be fully exploited, and boosted its performance by 50%.

Scientists studied the copper-based compound [Cu(pyrimidine)H2O4] SiF6 H2O. Repeating units of four copper ions (see above) create corkscrew-like chains with intriguing magnetic properties.

June 20, 2019

High Field Uncovers Magnetic Properties in Chains of Copper Ions

The findings contribute to scientists' understanding of magnetic materials that could point the way to future applications.

The calculated Fermi surface of BiPd projected into the first Brillouin zone. It is complex, 3-dimensional, and composed of multiple sheets.

May 15, 2019

Evidence Supporting BiPd as a Topological Superconductor

The observation of topological states coupled with superconductivity represents an opportunity for scientists to manipulate nontrivial superconducting…

Three genotypes of Acropora cervicornis from an established coral nursery near Tavernier, FL used in this study.

May 15, 2019

NMR-Based Metabolomics of Coral with Resistance to Bleaching

Three variants of the coral species A cervicornis were found to have unique metabolic signatures that can be distinguished by NMR spectroscopy. Differ…

Winding of the 65cm long pulsed coil. The leads to and from the coil can be seen extending another 24cm to the right.

April 10, 2019

In-House Fabrication of Outsert Coil 1 for the 100T Pulsed Magnet

Pulsed magnets are designed to operate near their structural limits to be able to generate extremely high magnetic fields. The coils have a limited li…


April 10, 2019

Heat-Treatment of Large Hadron Collider Nb3Sn Magnets

To increase the rate of particle collisions in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, new powerful magnets will soon be made from Nb3Sn superconduct…

Quantitative chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) signals obtained on a rat brain with a tumor (red circled region).

March 20, 2019

Scientists Identify Potential Biomarker for Brain Diseases

With advanced techniques and world-record magnetic fields, researchers have detected new MRI signals from brain tumors.

Tandem mass spectrometry provides sufficiently detailed spectra to make a structural characterization

March 01, 2019

Researchers demonstrate method for analyzing molecules from bacteria cell walls

Scientists will be able to apply the technique to characterize similar molecules, helping develop vaccines and drugs to treat bacterial infection.

Schematics of ethane diffusion in ZIF-7-8

March 01, 2019

"Molecular Sieves" Could Lead to Much Cheaper Gas Production

Combining high-field NMR with infrared microscopy, scientists learned more about how gas diffuses in a novel class of molecular sieves that could one …

Penetration field capacitance (CP) plotted vs magnetic field (B) and electron density (n0) showing both new and well studied fractional quantum Hall states, which appear as orange and red lines.

January 29, 2019

Even Denominator Fractional Quantum Hall States in Graphene

Scientists revealed previously unobserved and unexpected FQH states in monolayer graphene that raise new questions regarding the interaction between e…

(A) Molecular structure of TCRαTMC. Labeled residues (R1) for EPR studies are highlighted in red. (B) EPR distance.

January 29, 2019

Scientists Observe Molecular Movements in T Cells

Insights into the structure and movement of T cell surface proteins could lead to new ways to fight cancers, infections and other diseases.

Left: Two-dimensional 13C-13C spectra. Right: Representative structure of glycans

January 04, 2019

Uncovering the Secrets of Fungal Cell Walls

With unprecedented sensitivity and resolution from state-of-the-art magnets, scientists have identified for the first time the cell wall structure of …

MagLab educator Jose Sanchez shows New Mexico teachers how to use series circuits to design electromagnets.

January 04, 2019

MagLab Educators Take Their Lessons to New Mexico

Area teachers learn how to explain magnet research conducted nearby to their students.

Last modified on 09 April 2024