Research in high magnetic fields
Experiments in high magnetic fields provide excellent opportunities to gain a deeper insight into the matter that surrounds us. Magnetic fields allow the tailored manipulation and control of material properties in a distinctive way. Research in high magnetic fields has often resulted in path-breaking discoveries of fundamental importance. Very often, these observations have improved our knowledge in material sciences and have opened the doors for new technological applications and branches. For this reason, experiments in high magnetic fields are performed on many new materials in order to understand their properties and to optimize them for various applications.
Sixteen Nobel Prizes in physics, chemistry, and medicine are closely linked with the research in magnetic fields.
High magnetic fields do provide a unique window into the normal state of high temperature superconductors. There is no way around it, only high fields can do this. And as novel and more sensitive high field experiments are being prepared, this will continue to be the case for many years to come. Access to high field facilities through the EMFL network will remain essential for our field of research.
Dr. Nicolas Doiron-Leyraud, Département de Physique, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada & Canadian Institute for Advanced Research