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High-Magnetic-Field Research Collaborations
This is the final report of a two-year, Laboratory Directed Research and
Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory
(LANL). The purpose of this project was to develop collaborations with the
academic community to exploit scientific research potential of the pulsed
magnetic fields that might be possible with electrically pulsed devices, as
well as magneto-cumulative generators. We started with a campaign of
experiments using high-explosive-driven flux compression generators. The
campaign's objective was to explore completely novel ideas in condensed-
matter physics and chemistry. The initiative was very successful in pulling
together top researchers from around the world.
Background and Research Objectives
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Florida State University (FSU) are the
principal locations of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL). Los
Alamos has a 60-tesla pulsed magnet currently under construction and has recently received
approval for construction of a 100-tesla pulsed magnet. These facilities will use the same
large motor-generator that may be used for part of the energy compression process in Atlas,
which may be able to create fields perhaps in excess of 1000 tesla. At present, however,
we can produce such fields with flux-compression generators thereby providing a jump on
the research opportunities we expect to be offered by electrical pulsed power facilities.
Thus we have the potential for a unique and unparalleled program of basic and applied
research using high magnetic fields.
The objective of this LDRD project was to develop collaborations with the academic
community for the purpose of exploiting scientific research potential of the pulsed magnetic
fields. Some of the possible research areas include high-temperature superconductor
(HTSC) critical-field measurements; exploration of Fermi surface topology with the de
Haas-van Alphen (dHvA) effect; magnetoresistivity; the chaotic behavior of electronic
wavefunctions at low principal quantum number; and the physics of white dwarf stars.
Our initial focus was to investigate quantum-limit phenomena in anisotropic metals.
The collaborations involve James S. Brooks of FSU and Robert G. Clark of the University
of New South Wales (UNSW). The 1000-tesla fields provided by the Russian-built MC-1
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Goettee, J. High-magnetic-field research collaborations, report, December 31, 1998; New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc682697/m1/4/: accessed January 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.