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Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory
Research Programme: From Matter to Materials and Life
The Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Hochfeld-Magnetlabor Dresden, HLD) focuses on modern materials research in high magnetic fields. High magnetic field experiments are the ideal way to gain insights into the matter that surrounds us. Magnetic fields allow for the systematic manipulation and control of material properties – which is why these kinds of experiments are conducted on new materials so that their fundamental properties can be explored and so that they can be optimised for future application.
In particular, electronic properties of metallic, semiconducting, superconducting, and magnetic materials are investigated. Work is being carried out on exotic superconductors, strongly correlated systems, low-dimensional magnetic as well as nanostructured materials.
The HLD is also engaged in the development of novel experimental techniques including resonant methods as ESR and NMR each modified for the use in high pulsed magnetic fields. Unique in the world, the free-electron lasers (FELs) of the neighboring superconducting electron accelerator ELBE can be used in combination with high-field magnets for magneto-optical experiments. The Hochfeld-Magnetlabor Dresden is operated for in-house research and as a user facility as well. For the generation of high pulsed magnetic fields, a development program for pulsed magnets and pulsed power supplies is being carried out. These technological activities which make also use of modern simulation methods based on finite elements are under way with respect to industrial applications, e. g. in the field of electromagnetic pulse forming.
Here (PDF) you find more information about "Research in the highest magnetic fields".
For the generation of high pulsed magnetic fields, a development program for pulsed magnets and pulsed power supplies is being carried out. The HLD is engaged to open the access to magnetic fields up 100 T. For this purpose, a development program for pulsed-power supplies providing electrical currents of several 100 kA as well as electrical power of several GW is in work. These technological activities which make also use of modern simulation methods based on finite elements are under way with respect to industrial applications, e. g. for electromagnetic pulse forming, joining, and welding as well as for medical engineering.
Projects for the Future and Cooperation
The HLD is being expanded as an international user center. From 2011 to 2013, it will be equipped with a new capacitor bank and additional magnetic cells to meet the great demand for measurement times in ultrahigh pulsed magnetic fields. In the right sidebar you can find the link to a picture gallery.
The HLD cooperates with academic partners, is a member of the Institute of Complex Adaptive Matter and coordinates its user program and research with European partners within the context of various projects such as EuroMagNET-II, EMFL (European Magnetic Field Laboratory) and Magister.