World's Most Powerful Electromagnets Topic of Public Lecture at Rutgers

World's Most Powerful Electromagnets Topic of Public Lecture at Rutgers

WHO: Greg Boebinger, director, National High Magnetic
Field Laboratory
WHAT: The annual Henry R. and Gladys V. Irons Lecture
in Physics and Astronomy, a public presentation for anyone interested in
science and science education
WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2 p.m.
WHERE: Physics Lecture Hall, 120 Frelinghuysen Road, Busch Campus, Piscataway
BACKGROUND:

The
annual Irons lecture at Rutgers, The State
University of New Jersey, brings renowned physicists to campus to share the
knowledge and excitement of leading-edge research with students, faculty and
the community. This year’s presenter, Greg Boebinger, is a professor of physics
at Florida State University
and the director of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, the world’s largest
and highest-powered magnet laboratory.

The
lab’s electromagnets are more than a million times stronger than the Earth’s
magnetic field, and are used to probe the characteristics of matter. Research conducted
there has led to achievements in physics, chemistry and biomedicine. The
magnets use as much as 40 million watts of electrical power and are made of
strong materials, as ordinary steel would burst under the stresses caused by
high magnetic fields.

Boebinger will explain in an informative and understandable way how
these high-powered magnets work, and will discuss some of the exciting discoveries
made at the lab. His presentation will include a live demonstration of magnetic
levitation, a property that engineers worldwide are investigating for future
high-speed trains.


Magnetic levitation demo
A tiny piece of metal hovers over a supercooled magnet, demonstrating the principle that may allow future bullet trains to speed to their destinations by levitating mere inches above a magnetic track.



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