Suc­cess­ful mag­netic fa­cil­ity test puts China in elite sci­en­tific club

Global Times - - Nation -

China’s Steady High Mag­netic Field Fa­cil­ity (SHMFF) on Wed­nes­day passed test­ing by an ex­pert panel or­ga­nized by the Na­tional Devel­op­ment Re­form Com­mis­sion (NDRC).

The fa­cil­ity ranks sec­ond world­wide in terms of quan­tity and in­ten­sity.

The project, ap­proved by NDRC in 2008, was jointly built by He­fei In­sti­tute of Phys­i­cal Sciences of the Chi­nese Academy of Sciences (CASHIPS) and the Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy of China.

As one of only two 40-Tesla hy­brid mag­net groups the world over, SHMFF has the po­ten­tial to reach an even higher level of 45 Tesla in the fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to Hans Sch­nei­der Mun­tau, a world-renowned high field mag­net sci­en­tist.

By cre­at­ing a mag­netic field as high as 40 Tesla, the SHMFF will be­come an ex­per­i­men­tal en­vi­ron­ment for fields such as high tem­per­a­ture su­per­con­duc­tiv­ity, quan­tum ma­te­ri­als and life sci­ence.

Since 1913, 19 ac­com­plish­ments closely linked to high mag­netic fields have won No­bel Prizes. Win­ners in­clude Bri­tish physi­cist An­dre Geim, who won the prize in 2010 for his ground­break­ing re­search into graphene, the thinnest and most con­duc­tive ma­te­rial in the world.

Wang Yingjian, Party chief of CASHIPS, said that SHMFF has been used as an ex­per­i­men­tal en­vi­ron­ment by more than 100 uni­ver­si­ties and re­search in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing Ts­inghua Univer­sity, since trial op­er­a­tions be­gan in 2010.

China is the fifth coun­try to have a high mag­netic field fa­cil­ity, fol­low­ing the US, France, the Nether­lands and Ja­pan.

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