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Seminar: Materials, Energy and Life: An Overview of High Magnetic Field Research

Gregory Boebinger

Florida State University and University of Florida, National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, USA

Time: 14:00-15:00, Monday, August 27, 2018

Location: Room 242, East 4, Zijingang Campus


Abstract

The MagLab exists to provide its international user community with unique magnets and expertise spanning condensed matter physics, materials research, chemistry, and biochemistry. In fact, we must invent new materials in order to generate our magnetic fields that can reach two million times the Earth’s magnetic field. This talk seeks to answer the question, “How and why would anyone want to do such a thing?” Illustrative examples from user research at the MagLab will include • MATERIALS: manipulating two-dimensional square lattices of copper and oxygen to achieve high-temperature superconductivity or magnetic Bose-Einstein condensation; • ENERGY: imaging batteries during charge and discharge cycles using ultra-high-field MRI; and • LIFE: tracking sodium and gadolinium quantum dots to revolutionize the use of MRI in medicine.

The portion of the talk that surveys my own work on high-temperature superconductivity uses magnetic fields to suppress the superconductivity…with a goal of revealing the physics that gives rise to high temperature superconductivity.


About the speaker 

Director, U.S. National High Magnetic Field Laboratory

Professor of Physics at Florida State University and University of Florida

Educational background

• 1986, Ph.D. Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

• 1982, Certificate of Postgraduate Study in Physics, Churchill College, Cambridge University

1981, B.S. Physics, Purdue University

1981, B.S. Electrical Engineering, Purdue University

1981, B.A., Philosophy, Purdue University


Professional Experience

2004-present, Director, NHMFL

2002-2004, Deputy Director for Science Programs, LANL Div. of Material Science and Technology

1998-2002, Director, NHMFL Pulsed Magnetic Field Laboratory at Los Alamos National Laboratory

1987-1998, Member Technical Staff, Physical  Research Laboratory, Bell Laboratories

1986-1987, Postdoctoral Researcher, Groupe de Physique des Solides, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France