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Research at the MagLab

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.

 

Research Initiatives

graphene

MATERIALS

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.

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petroleum

ENERGY

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.

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brain

LIFE

With the world’s strongest MRI magnet, scientists here study everything from living animals to individual cells, from proteins to disease-fighting molecules found in plants and animals — work that could improve treatment of AIDS, cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases.

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Latest Science Highlight


  • NMR-based Metabolomics of Coral with Resistance to Bleaching
    15 May 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. Differing levels of the metabolite trimethylamine-N-oxide, an important compound that protects against nitrogen overload, can distinguish the three variants studied. Understanding how species vary metabolically, and how that translates to species survival in stressed environments, may help us to establish desirable traits that could help with restoration and other interventions.

  • Evidence Supporting BiPd as a Topological Superconductor
    15 May 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 states via the spin-orbit interaction. While superconductivity has been extensively studied since its discovery in 1910, the advent of topological materials gives scientists a new avenue to explore quantum matter. BiPd is being studied using "MagLab-sized fields" by scientists from LSU in an effort to determine if it is indeed a topological superconductor.

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Featured Publications


NMR-based Metabolomics of Coral with Resistance to Bleaching, K. E. Lohr, et al., Nature Scientific Reports, 9, 6067 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Evidence Supporting BiPd as a Topological Superconductor, M. A. Khan, et al., Phys. Rev. B Rapid Commun., 99, 020507 (2019) See Science Highlight or Read online 

In-House Fabrication of Outsert Coil 1 for the 100T Pulsed Magnet, D. N. Nguyen, et al., IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, v 26, n 4, June 2016 See Science Highlight or Read online 

High-magnetic-field MRI brain studies of disease markers, T. Roussel, et al., NMR in Biomedicine, 31, 11, e3995 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Even denominator fractional quantum Hall states in monolayer graphene, A. A. Zibrov, et al., Nature Physics, 14, 930-935 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Molecular Movements Within T-cells that Activate the Immune Responses that Attack Infected or Diseased Cells, K.N. Brazin, et al., Immunity, 49, 1 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Uncovering the Secrets of Fungal Cell Wall Architecture , X. Kang, et al., Nature communications, 9 (1), 2747 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Functionalizing Molecular Nanocarbon with Fluorine Atoms, A. Moreno-Vicente, et al., Carbon, 129, 750-757 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Quasi-2D to 3D Fermi surface topology change in Nd-doped CeCoIn5, J. Klotz, et al., Phys. Rev. B Rapid Commun., 98, 081105 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Destruction of Weyl nodes and a New State in TaAs above 80 Teslas, B.J. Ramshaw, et al., Nature Communications, 9: 2217 (2018) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Last modified on 21 May 2019