Are electrons stronger in pairs?

MagLab physicists released new research published in Nature Communications that could help answer a looming question.


Science: What's to Love?

Quite a lot, say visitors to our 2015 Open House. See why they heart science ... then tell us what you love about science!


Congresswoman Tours the MagLab

U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham toured the MagLab at the recent Open House, visiting two decades after her father dedicated the place.

Gwen Graham tours the MagLab.

Twenty Years and Counting

The MagLab celebrates two decades of ground-breaking science and innovation.

Al Gore and other dignitaries at 1994 MagLab dedication.

Quantum Criticality

Scientists using our magnets bolster theory that quantum fluctuations drive strange electronic phenomena.

Qimiao Si

Research Initiatives


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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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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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 Highlights

  • Small hole pocket in the Fermi surface of underdoped YBCO
    15 March 2015
    Small hole pocket in the Fermi surface of underdoped YBCO

    A team of researchers from Université de Sherbrooke, Laboratoire National des Champs Magnétiques Intenses (LNCMI), University of British Columbia, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory discovered a previously unobserved portion of the Fermi surface in underdoped YBCO. This discovery provides further evidence to support the picture of the Fermi surface being reconstructed as a result of charge density wave order developing in underdoped YBCO prior to the material entering the superconducting state at lower temperatures.

  • First Structure of a Protein in the M. tuberculosis Cell Division Apparatus
    14 March 2015
    First Structure of a Protein in the M. tuberculosis Cell Division Apparatus

    CrgA, a key Mycobacterium tuberculosis cell division protein that recruits five other proteins to the cell division apparatus has been structurally characterized using oriented sample and magic angle spinning solid state NMR. The protein has two transmembrane helices and an intrinsically disordered N-terminus. Binding sites have been identified for it's binding partners. Evaluating these binding sites may lead to effective drugs for either promoting and inhibiting cell division, both of which are of prime interest for the treatment of tuberculosis.

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Featured Publications

Bottom-up formation of endohedral mono-metallofullerenes is directed by charge transfer, P.W.Dunk, et al., Nature Communications, 5, 5844 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Observation of topological surface state quantum Hall effect in an intrinsic three-dimensional topological insulator, Y. Xu, et al., Nature Physics, 10, 956–963 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Two-dimensional Fermi surfaces in Kondo insulator SmB6, G. Li, et al., Science, 346, no.6214,1208-1212 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online 

A high-spin square-planar Fe(II) complex stabilized by a trianionic pincer-type ligand and conclusive evidence for retention of geometry and spin state in solution, M. E. Pascualini, et al., Chemical Science, 6, 608-612 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Evidence for composition variations and impurity segregation at grain boundaries in high current-density polycrystalline K- and Co-doped BaFe2As2 superconductors, Y.-J. Kim, et al., Applied Physics Letters, 105, 162604 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Metabolic properties in stroked rats revealed by relaxation-enhanced magnetic resonance spectroscopy at ultrahigh fields, N. Shemesh, et al., Nature Communications, 5, 4958 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Metabolic T1 dynamics and longitudinal relaxation enhancement in vivo at ultrahigh magnetic fields on ischemia, N. Shemesh, et al., Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow Metabolism, 34(11): 1810-7 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Final Assembly of the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Series-Connected Hybrid Magnet System, I.R. Dixon, et al., IEEE Trans. On Applied. Supercond., Vol. 25, No. 3 (June 2015) See Science Highlight or Read online