FSU's MagLab Celebrates Magnet on 60th Anniversary of Guinness World Records

Posted at 6:06 PM, Aug 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-27 18:06:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida State's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Guinness World Records today, by highlighting one that is held at the MagLab in Tallahassee.

The MagLab, which was established in October of 1994, is the largest and highest-power magnet lab in the world. It's home to 14 world records overall, one of them being the Guinness world record for their 45 Tesla Hybrid magnet.

The magnet is recognized for creating the strongest continuous magnetic field in the world. It was built in 1999, and since then, no other lab has even come close to breaking the record.

The Deputy Lab Director of the MagLab, Eric Palm, says a lot of research is centered around the magnet. "Our users study new materials with this magnet, they do experiments related to energy and also experiments related to life," Palm said. "So experiments that help us understand the molecules, the biology of life, how to make better energy sources and to make better materials for our cell phones and for our computers, things like that."

To see the magnet and the rest of the lab, the MagLab offers monthly public tours on the third Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. No reservations are required.

Each year, the lab opens their doors to the community for their annual open house. That event is scheduled for February and usually draws 5 to 6,000 people.