Washington: German researchers have set a new world record by generating the highest magnetic fields ever created.
The Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf produced the highest magnetic fields with 91.4 teslas on June 22, breaking the previous record of 89 teslas, which the US Americans held in Los Alamos for several years.
To reach this record, Sergei Zherlitsyn and his colleagues at the High Magnetic Field Laboratory Dresden (HLD) developed a coil weighing about 200 kilograms in which electric current create the giant magnetic field – for a period of a few milliseconds. The coil survived the experiment unscathed.
“With this record, we’re not really that interested in reaching top field values, but instead in using it for research in materials science,” said Joachim Wosnitza, the HLD’s Director.
The scientists are actually proud of being the first user lab worldwide to make such high magnetic fields available for research.
The more powerful a magnetic field is, the more precisely the scientists can examine those substances which are used for innovative electronic components or for so-called superconductors which conduct electricity without any resistance.