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World's Strongest Magnet for Biological Research Debuts in Tallahassee Lab

World's Strongest Magnet Debuts in Tallahassee Mag Lab
Posted at 4:00 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 14:00:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The world's strongest magnet for biological research is the latest addition to the National High Magnetic Field Lab in Tallahassee.

Thirty-eight tons of metal right is what's on the inside of the magnet's superconnector hybrid magnet coils and discs.

The magnet has been 10 years in the making and to put it's strength in perspective, a magnet on your refrigerator is .01 tesla and an MRI machine is 1.5 to 3 tesla.

Iain Dison, a faculty researcher and project manager said, "There are other magnets of higher fields but its intended purpose it will be the strongest for its type for nuclear resonance imaging where what's state of the art now is little over 20 teslas. This is 36 teslas; that's big jump in magnetic strength." 

The magnet will help biologists study a number elements including oxygen.

If you're interested in seeing the magnet, the Mag Lab gives tours. An open house is also coming up for the magnet in February. To find out about both these opportunities, visit the the National High Magnetic Field Lab's website here