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Project ID: 505474
Country: France

Sharing research access to very high magnetic fields

EC-funded researchers made important technical improvements to an existing magnet. Opening of the facility to external researchers has enabled them to ‘share the wealth’ when it comes to research using very high, steady magnetic fields.
Sharing research access to very high magnetic fields
A magnetic field is produced by the movement of electric charges, typically electrons, for example as they orbit the nucleus of atoms or flow in conductors.

Very high magnetic fields are used in research in a number of areas including physics, biology and chemistry. They are opening the door to the study of complex quantum behaviours in materials from superconductors to macromolecules involved in disease.

Scientists at the Grenoble High Magnetic Field Laboratory (GHMFL) in Paris initiated the ‘Access to research in very high magnetic fields’ (HIGH FIELD Research) project to advance the activities at the lab and open the facility to qualified external researchers.

Through HIGH FIELD Research funding, GHMFL developed the so-called polyhelix technique that improved both magnetic field intensity and its homogeneity. The strongest steady magnetic field demonstrated in laboratories to date is 40 Tesla (T). GHMFL successfully produced a 34 T field enabling high-resolution experiments not previously possible. The magnet is now widely available to users with access time limited only by electricity costs.

The HIGH FIELD Research project improved the technical capabilities of the GHMFL magnet and enabled opening the facility to external researchers, both of which promise to yield exciting results in many areas.

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