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Materials, Energy and Life: The State of the Art of High Magnetic Field Research

Director's Special Colloquium
Gregory S. Boebinger, Director, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
November 14, 2012 2:00PM to 3:00PM
Building 402, Auditorium
Gregory Boebinger will present "Materials, Energy and Life: The State of the Art of High Magnetic Field Research" at a Director's Special Colloquium Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Building 402 Auditorium.

Gregory Boebinger is professor of Physics at Florida State University and the University of Florida. He is Director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory exists to provide its international user community with unique magnets and expertise spanning condensed matter physics, materials research, chemistry, biochemistry and biology. The laboratory generates magnetic fields exceeding two million times the Earth’s magnetic field.

Professor Boebinger's talk will answer the question, “Why would anyone want to do such a thing?” 

A magnetic field is one of the few thermodynamic variables that can be applied in situ, rapidly, reversibly and with infinite tunability. It probes energy scales, length scales, phase coherence and commensurabilities of both charge and spin degrees of freedom. In addition, a magnetic field is a vector quantity.

Illustrative examples from the portfolio of user research will include:

  • Electron correlations: tweaking macroscopic quantum phenomena in graphene and high-temperature superconductors;
  • Energy: analyzing nature’s most complex fluid, petroleum, using ion cyclotron resonance; and
  • Life: using quantum dots and sodium to revolutionize magnetic resonance imaging.