User News

Updates on user deadlines, achievements and other information.

Oxford Instruments has named Brad Ramshaw, an assistant professor of physics at Cornell University, winner of the 2017 Lee Oscherhoff Richardson Science Prize. The prize recognizes the novel work of young scientists in the fields of low temperatures and/or high magnetic fields in the Americas.

In its press release, Oxford Instruments, which administers the award, cited Ramshaw, a MagLab user and former staff scientist, as one of the most gifted young experimentalists working in the field of strongly correlated electron systems. Ramshaw’s technical contributions to condensed matter physics have focused on improving measurement techniques for pulsed magnetic fields up to 100 teslas (available at the MagLab’s Pulsed Field Facility) and on improving resonant ultrasound spectroscopy for low-temperature applications. Read press release.

The 2017 Annual Users Committee (UC) meeting will be held on the evening of October 19 and continue October 20-21 at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

The MagLab's Users Committee represents the lab's broad, multidisciplinary user community and advises the lab's leadership on all issues affecting users of our facilities.

This year there is a workshop for UC members and invitees that will take place immediately prior to the User Committee meeting, lasting throughout the day of Thursday, October 19.

The 2016 Annual Users Committee meeting was held August 1-3 at MagLab headquarters at Florida State University in Tallahassee. As a result of that annual meeting, MagLab management received the 2016 Users Committee Report, which also can be accessed at the MagLab Users website.

New research published this week in Nature Physics explores a material that could play a key role in realizing spin-based electronics.

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Kristina “Kicki” Håkansson, a professor of chemistry at the University of Michigan and a user of the MagLab’s ICR Facility, has been awarded the 2016 Biemann Medal from the American Society for Mass Spectrometry. This prestigious prize is awarded to individuals early in their careers in recognition of significant achievements in basic or applied mass spectrometry. She will receive the award at the 2016 ASMS conference in June where she will give the Biemann Medal Lecture. Read more.

Renowned chemist Sir Harold Kroto, a Nobel Laureate in chemistry and MagLab user, died April 30, 2016. He was 76.

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Kroto, whose 1996 Nobel Prize recognized his key role in the discovery of fullerenes, spent the last decade of his eminent career at Florida State University, where access to the MagLab was a big draw.

During those years in Tallahassee, Kroto was principal investigator on half a dozen experiments in the Ion Cyclotron Resonance Facility. Collaborations with the MagLab’s Alan Marshall, Naresh Dalal, Paul Dunk and others yielded numerous publications on fullerenes, metal organic framework systems and other topics.

In a 2014 interview done for FSU’s Across the Spectrum magazine, Kroto cited his work at the MagLab and FSU as “some of the best work I’ve done.”

“Very beautiful,” said Kroto, “well up there intellectually with my previous work, so I am very happy with that.”

Kroto also devoted much of his life to educating and inspiring students and lay people across the globe about science.

This year's annual Users Committee meeting will begin the evening of Aug. 1 and continue Aug. 2-3 at the MagLab/FSU in Tallahassee, FL.

The MagLab's Users Committee represents the lab's broad, multidisciplinary user community and advises the lab's leadership on all issues affecting users of our facilities.

Kazumasa IidaKazumasa Iida. Kazumasa Iida had a bit of a conflict this week. A professor in the Graduate School of Engineering at Japan’s Nagoya University, he was scheduled for magnet time with one of the National MagLab’s 35 tesla magnets. Unfortunately, that happened to coincide with the International Cryogenic Materials Conference (ICMC) taking place in New Delhi, India, where Iida was slated to receive the ICMC Cryogenic Materials Award for Excellence. It was one of those “must be present to win” situations: Officially, scientists selected for the honor must attend the conference. But Iida was loath to forgo the magnet time for his experiment, "Jc and Hc2 characterizations of P-doped Ba-122 thin films on IBAD-MgO tape in high field."

Luckily, where there’s a problem, MagLab engineers are bound to find a solution, as was the case with this scheduling conundrum. MagLab engineers Bob Walsh and Eric Hellstrom orchestrated and videotaped a mini awards ceremony this week at the MagLab that was broadcast at the conference plenary talk in New Delhi, a creative solution that conference sponsors readily accepted.

The award recognizes an individual, usually under the age of 40, for excellence in advancing the knowledge of cryogenic materials over recent years. Iida is the second researcher to be honored by the award since it was launched in 2014. The first to win the award was Fumitake Kametani in the Applied Superconductivity Center at the MagLab.

Giti Khodaparast.Giti Khodaparast.Giti Khodaparast, a Virginia Tech physicist who has conducted experiments at the National MagLab using magneto-optics measurement techniques, has been recognized by the American Physical Society as its Woman Physicist of the Month for March 2016. Khodaparast was lauded for research using magneto-optical spectroscopy, her international and interdisciplinary collaboration and the development of modern experimental techniques. She was also recognized for training young scientists through mentorship and curriculum development and for advancing women in the field of physics.

What should be done BEFORE your visit to the Magnet Lab?

  • Apply for funding to cover travel or dependent care costs. (Select users only)
  • Book your travel.
  • Make housing accommodations. (Additional information for Travel and Lodging.)
  • Complete safety training.
  • Order supplies if necessary.
  • Contact your user support scientist with any questions.
  • Review your experiment participants and update if needed.
  • DC Field Users only: Review the email sent by the DC Field Coordinator, sent approximately one week prior to your magnet time, for resistive schedule information and User badge/key pick up instructions.
  • Contact the Facility Coordinator if you are having shipments sent to the Magnet Lab, or arriving early for your scheduled magnet time.

What should be done AFTER your visit to the Magnet Lab.

  • Make sure you return all User badges and keys that were issued to you/your group.
  • Provide feedback. All users will receive an email after their visit requesting feedback on their experience at the lab.
  • Report results of your research at the end of the calendar year.

If you have any user questions, please visit our User FAQ.

  • Facilities send out call for new user committee member nominations - 4/13/2015
  • Users submitting user nominations by 5/1/2015
  • Facilities send out ballots - 5/11/2015
  • Users return ballots with three votes - due 6/8/2015
  • Facilities notify User Community of results 6/18/2015

The revision of the User Committee Bylaws has been approved by the Users' Executive Committee on April 2nd, 2015 and been posted on the User Committee website and on the User Portal.

This year's annual Users Committee meeting will be held on the evening of October 27 and continue October 28-29 at the MagLab/LANL in Los Alamos, NM.

The Magnet Lab's Users Committee represents the MagLab's broad, multidisciplinary user community and advises the lab's leadership on all issues affecting users of our facilities.

If you are a new or returning MagLab user or a user proposal reviewer and have questions about how to manoeuvre through the online user system, please feel free to use our Users System Guide for all facilities except AMRIS. For AMRIS, please refer to AMRIS Proposal & Experiment Workflows.

For more questions about the user system, visit our User FAQs or contact Anke Toth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 850-644-6392).

MagLab user Cory Dean of Columbia University has been awarded the 2015 Lee Osheroff Richardson Science Prize for North America.

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The award recognizes Dean for his definitive measurement of the Hofstadter butterfly. Douglas Hofstadter first predicted in 1976 that a butterfly-shaped fractal energy spectrum emerges when 2D electrons are subjected simultaneously to both a spatially periodic electric potential and a transverse magnetic field. By combining novel techniques in nanoscale fabrication of graphene-based devices with ultra high magnetic fields, Dean's research provides the first experimental verification of this nearly 40-year-old problem.

Previous winners of the prize include several MagLab-affiliated scientists, including staff scientists Chiara Tarantini and Vivien Zapf and three physicists who regularly rely on MagLab facilities for their research: Lu Li of the University of Michigan, Ken Burch of Boston College and Suchitra Sebastian of the University of Cambridge.

For more info, visit Oxford Instruments.

Users who submit publications, presentations or other activities or products resulting from use of MagLab facilities must include the following funding acknowledgement statement:

"A portion of this work was performed at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, which is supported by National Science Foundation Cooperative Agreement No. DMR-1157490 and the State of Florida."

Paul Canfield.Paul Canfield.MagLab user Paul Canfield, the Robert Allen Wright Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Iowa State University, has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Research Award. Canfield, also a senior physicist at the Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, will use the award to study fragile magnetism, looking for compounds with magnetic states that can be adjusted to create new states when fragile states are suppressed.

The Humboldt Research Award is granted in recognition of a researcher’s entire achievements to date – fundamental discoveries, new theories, insights that have had significant impact on their discipline. The Humboldt Foundation in Germany grants up to 100 research awards annually, each worth € 60,000 (about $65,000). Award winners spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.

For more information, visit Iowa State University.

Kim Dunbar, a professor of chemistry at Texas A&M University and a user in the Electron Magnetic Resonance Facility, is among 78 chemists in the country slated to receive an award from the American Chemical Society. Dunbar will receive the ACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry care of Strem Chemicals Inc. She will be honored at an awards ceremony March 24, 2015 in conjunction with the 249th ACS national meeting in Denver. Read more.

Phoebe Ray, a doctoral student in the University of New Orleans chemistry department and a user in the Ion Cyclotron Resonance Facility, recently received two awards from an international conference designed to help communities better prepare for and respond to oil spills. Ray's poster, "Effect of Dispersant on Molecular Composition and Fate of Oil Exposed to Sunlight in Seawater Systems," based on her research at the MagLab, was selected as best poster in the science and technology category at the International Oil Spill Conference. Read more.

Chris Reddy.Chris ReddyChristopher Reddy, a frequent MagLab user in the Ion Cyclotron Resonance facility, received the 2014 C.C. Patterson Award for his analytical and scientific contributions to organic geochemistry. “Collaborating with the MagLab has played a key role in how I understand the behavior of oil in the environment,” said Reddy, a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “They have so much to offer — including advanced techniques with instruments that are nearly one-of-a-kind — and it’s exciting to watch them continue to expand the field.” Reddy has co-authored more than eight publications with MagLab staff, ranging from oil spill source identification to downhole characterization of petroleum reservoirs, and is conducting research at the lab on Deepwater Horizon oil spill and natural oil seeps along the coast of California. Read more.

Phillip KimPhillip KimPhilip Kim, a MagLab user in the DC Field facility, was awarded this prize for discovering unconventional electronic properties of graphene. “From the early days in graphene research, accessing the high magnetic fields in the MagLab has been crucial to reveal the intriguing nature of Dirac particle under the extreme quantum condition,” the Columbia University professor said. “I have been greatly benefitted by the strong and essential support from the MagLab, allowing my team to explore the electronic structure of this fascinating material.” A member of the MagLab’s External Advisory Committee, Kim and his research team made waves earlier this year by observing a long-theorized energy pattern known as Hofstadter’s butterfly. Read press release.