World most powerful magnet makes its debut at Florida State University lab.
The custom-built, 2.5-million-dollar "split magnet" system has the potential to revolutionize scientific research in a variety of fields.
The world-record magnet is operating at 25 tesla, easily besting the 17.5 tesla French record set in 1991 for this type of magnet.
In addition to being 43 percent more powerful than the previous world best, the new magnet also has 1,500 times as much space at its centre, allowing room for more flexible, varied experiments.
"The Mag Lab has developed numerous world-record magnets; however, the split magnet makes the largest single step forward in technology over the past 20 years," said Mark Bird, director of the laboratory's Magnet Science and Technology division.
The new magnet was funded by the National Science Foundation and represents years of intense collaboration between the lab's engineering and research teams, headed by scholar/scientist Jack Toth of the Magnet Science and Technology staff. (ANI)
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