Dresden High Magnetic Field Laboratory
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 and frustrated magnetic as well as nanostructured materials.
The institute conducts research in the programme From Matter to Materials and Life.
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.
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The research on frustrated magnetic spin systems is one of our scientific main targets. Materials with competing spin-spin interactions form a plethora of scientifically appealing spin configurations. Excited states of such magnetic ground states are in the focus of interest of modern solid-state physics. Their understanding is one of the major challenges and driving stimulus of modern materials research. In this context, we actively participate in the 'Collaborative Research Center 1143' of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) as well as in the proposed cluster of excellence 'Center for Topological Quantum Matter (ct.qmat)'. Along with the TU Dresden as well as other research institutions in Dresden, we address the working theme "Correlated Magnetism: From Frustration To Topology".
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 and applications for medical engineering.
The HLD cooperates closely with its European partners in Nijmegen, Grenoble and Toulouse within the context of the EMFL (European Magnetic Field Laboratory), among others in the EU projects ISABEL and SuperEMFL.
The HLD coordinates its user operation together with the EMFL partner institutions. User applications are organized centrally by the EMFL via two application rounds throughout the year. The selection and evaluation of user applications is based solely on criteria of scientific quality by a joint EMFL Selection Committee. Within the ISABEL project, EMFL is testing novel user-access modes tailored to specific scientific starting points.
Since 2020, EMFL has joined the umbrella network "Analytical Research Infrastructures in Europe" (ARIE). In addition, the HLD maintains close collaborations with other international high field magnetic laboratories in the USA, China and Japan within the Global High Magnetic Field Forum (HIFF).