Huge Magnet Attracts Atteniton

By: April Douglas
By: April Douglas

A superconducting magnet stands 16 feet tall and weighs more than 15 tons. This was no overnight accomplishment; it took a team of engineers 13 years to develop.

Greg Boebinger, Director of the National High Magnetic Laboratory, says, "This magnet, like many, don't know if it will work, but [this was] successful and we are celebrating that today."

This 900 MHz magnetic delivers 21 Tesla magnetic fields; that’s much greater than the earth's magnetic field, an accomplishment unrivaled anywhere else in the world.

Neil Sullivan of the University of Florida says, "First though, back to time when people thought you can't do this, it's not possible. [It] took courage to put together and stick with it."

Science performed using this magnet encompasses a spectra of subjects.

Boebinger says, "For studying purposes in body to fight disease, to look for materials under rocks to help understand earthquakes."

So from the human body to mother earth, scientists say this magnet marks a major milestone, expanding the horizons of scientific investigation.

The commission of the Mag Lab's 900 MHz magnet marks the successful completion of the third of the "big three" magnet projects on which the lab was founded.


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