|(Mega)magnetic personalities: Songi Han and Mark Sherwin. Photograph by Sonia Fernandez.|
Magnetic resonance imaging already saves lives, yet the world’s most advanced form of spectroscopy has yet to reach its full potential in nonmedical arenas. Now, a recent breakthrough in high-magnetic-field science provides possibilities for the advancement of magnetic resonance via high-field superconducting magnets that can tolerate much stronger magnetic fields. The superconductive product requires much less power and space than conventional electromagnets, for the first time making it possible to conduct science at very high magnetic fields beyond just huge facilities, such as the National High Magnetic Laboratory (NHMFL) in Tallahassee, Florida.
“We want to figure out the most exciting questions in condensed-matter physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science and what would be needed from a magnet to address those questions,” said conference chair Mark Sherwin, director of UCSB’s Institute for Terahertz Science and Technology and a professor in the Department of Physics. “This workshop was an opportunity to brainstorm new use cases for the instrument, interface with partners from industry and the NHMFL, forge new collaborations, and shape the future of the proposed MRX facility.”