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This Week at the Lab ...

After a thorough safety review, workers clad in hard hats, safety glasses and harnesses remove the iron scaffolding from a new magnet scheduled to debut next year.

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What Do They Put in the Magnets?

Curious scientists put all sorts of things in our magnets -- including materials that are being developed into the next generation of powerful magnets.

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What's on Your Fridge?

Our fridges are plastered with our life stories. Tell us what your icebox says about you.


The 2014 Highlights Issue

Discover the lab's 58 best research reports and see where our 1,442 users came from.

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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

  • Motion of Gas Molecules Through Nanotubes
    17 September 2015
    Motion of Gas Molecules Through Nanotubes

    When molecules are forced to pass through narrow holes in membranes, they must move one-by-one in single file. When this “No Passing!” rule is in effect, researchers have recently made the surprising discovery that mixing two gases can lead to faster motion of some of the molecules through the narrow holes.

  • Insulator or metal … or, somehow, both at the same time?
    17 September 2015
    Insulator or metal … or, somehow, both at the same time?

    Examining the material samarium hexaboride, scientists discover seemingly contradictory properties and an exciting, new mystery for physicists.

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Featured Publications

Quantum oscillations in a two-dimensional electron gas in black phosphorus thin films, L. Li, et al., Nature Nanotechnology, 10, 608–613 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Paired single residue-transposed Lys-N and Lys-C digestions for label-free identification of N-terminal and C-terminal MS/MS peptide product ions: ultrahigh resolution Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry for peptide de novo sequencing, N. C. Brownstein, et al., Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 29, 659-666 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Quasiparticle mass enhancement approaching optimal doping in a high-Tc superconductor, B. J. Ramshaw, et al., Science, 348:6232 (317-320). 2015 See Science Highlight or Read online 

An Investigation into the Longitudinal Identity Trajectories of Women in STEM, R. Hughes, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering, 21(2), (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Design of N2 Cooled Bi-2223 HTS Current Leads for use in 0.4 T Field for the NHMFL Series-Connected Hybrid Magnet, S. Marshall, et al., Adv. Cryog. Eng., 59B, 1018 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Pressure dependence of the exchange anisotropy in an organic ferromagnet, K. Thirunavukkuarasu, et al., Phys., Rev. B 91, 014412 (2015) See Science Highlight or Read online 

Isotropic round-wire multifilament cuprate superconductor for generation of magnetic fields above 30 T, D.C. Larbalestier, et al., Nature Materials., 13, 375–381 (2014) See Science Highlight or Read online