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Quantum Criticality

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

Qimiao Si

Welcome to our Website

More information for scientists, an expanded education section and a modern design that looks great no matter how you access the site.

The new website, as seen on various devices.

Twenty Years and Counting

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

Al Gore and other dignitaries at 1994 MagLab dedication.

The Lab that Never Sleeps

At all times of day and night, science is happening at the MagLab.

Exterior of the MagLab at night.

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 Highlight

  • Atomic pantograph tunes magnetic ground state in a solid
    16 February 2015
    Atomic pantograph tunes magnetic ground state in a solid

    A novel approach combining pulsed field optical FBG strain measurements in world-class magnets, with Density Functional based calculations to pinpoint the peculiar nanopantograph mechanism behind the magnetoelastic coupling, allows researchers to conclude that magnetic field and pressure are alternative ways to tune the quantum properties of the Shastry-Sutherland compound SrCu2(BO3)2

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Featured Publications

Competing quantum Hall phases in the second Landau level in the low-density limit, W. Pan et al., Phys. Rev. B 89, (2014) Read online 

Hard magnetic properties observed in bulk Mn1-xGax, Brown, D.R. et al., J. Appl. Phys., 115 (17) (2014) Read online 

Influence of Electronic Spin and Spin-Orbit Coupling on Decoherence in Mononuclear Transition Metal Complexes, M.J. Graham, et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136 (2014) Read online 

Multimodal nanoprobes to target cerebrovascular amyloid in Alzheimer's disease brain, K.M. Jaruszewski et al., Biomaterials, 35(6) (2014) Read online 

Normal-state nodal electronic structure in underdoped high-Tc copper oxides, S.E. Sebastian, et al., Nature 511 (2014) Read online 

On Random Walks and Entropy in Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging Studies of Neural Tissue, C. Ingo, et al., Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 71 (2014) Read online 

Unprecedented Ultrahigh Resolution FT-ICR Mass Spectrometry and Parts-Per-Billion Mass Accuracy Enable Direct Characterization of Nickel and Vanadyl Porphyrins in Petroleum from Natural Seeps, A.M. McKenna, et al., Energy Fuels 28, (2014) Read online 

Magnetoplasmons in quasi-neutral epitaxial graphene nanoribbons , J.M. Poumirol et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110 (2013) Read online