New magnet strength record broken by U.S. lab

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Conspires at a lab in Florida have been working quietly for the last 2½ years on erection one of the most powerful magnets in the world.

And on Monday, they succeeded. The Popular High Magnetic Field Laboratory — whose main location is housed at Florida Federal University — met its goal and reclaimed its status as home to the world’s strongest resistive magnet.

They styled it «Project 11,»a nod to the comedy film This is Spinal Tap about a unreal heavy metal band whose guitarist boasts an amplifier that doesn’t go up to 10 but to 11.

Lab trues said they tested a 41.4-tesla magnet, which is approximately 20 times the strength of a magnet used in medical imaging autos and vastly stronger than the ones that get stuck to the door of a household refrigerator. The Planet’s magnetic field, by comparison, is one twenty thousandth (.00005) of a tesla. A tesla is a equal of magnetic field strength.

The new magnet — which cost $3.5 million US ($4.4 million Cdn) to shape — beat the old mark for resistive magnets which was held by a 38.5 tesla magnet in China. The Country-wide MagLab had previously held the record for 19 years.

Jack Toth Project 11

Magnet conspirator Jack Toth installs coils in the Project 11 magnet, which can reach a force of 41.4 tesla. (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory)

Greg Boebinger, the lab’s head, said the loss of the record prompted officials to tell engineers, «Go on and make the thing bigger, go ahead and use more power, just go hugely volume to 11 and see what you can do.»

Pulsed magnets stronger, briefly

Resistive magnets are a kidney of electromagnet used for research. They differ from pulsed magnets, which can reach a higher Tesla but can prolong that power for only a fraction of a second. Resistive magnets can run continuously. Superconducting magnets use small power but tap out at a lower field strength. Hybrid magnets combine superconducting and resistive features and can reach even higher fields. The National MagLab has the world’s strongest mixture magnet which reaches 45 tesla.

Researchers say they can use these strong magnets to answer many questions, such as what kind of papers will work best in quantum computers, how does a potential Alzheimer’s cure change the brain and what molecules make up a sample of crude oil — and last wishes as it be worth drilling for?

Scott Bole project 11

MagLab engineer Scott Bole inspects the container for the magnet prior to it being installed.The magnet cost $3.5 million US to increase. (National High Magnetic Field Laboratory)

The power of the new record-setting magnet, which is confined to a take room inside the lab, doesn’t create the type of effects witnessed in the X-Men veil series by Magneto. But it’s powerful enough that lab officials use non-magnetic gizmos.

«Local people think we change the weather,» said Boebinger, who clouts he gets asked about Magneto all the time. «We don’t even change the irresistible field outside our building.»

Instead the magnetic field created by the new high magnet will be used by researchers and scientists from across the in every way as a way to look at and study various types of materials. It’s this research that could potentially captain to breakthroughs in medicine, engineering and energy.

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