New World Record for Magnetic Fields

  • Author: ChemistryViews
  • Published: 25 August 2011
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
  • Source / Publisher: Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA
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Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA, have set a new world record for the strongest magnetic field produced by a nondestructive magnet. The team led by Mike Gordon achieved a field of 97.4 T on Friday, August 19. This new record comes only weeks after German scientists at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf set a record with their magnetic field of 91.4 T.

Powerful, nondestructive magnets of this type could have an impact on a wide range of scientific investigations. The high magnetic fields confine electrons to nanometer scale orbits, thereby helping to reveal the fundamental quantum nature of a material. This can be applied to the design and control material functionality or to the microscopic behavior of phase transitions.

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