A recent series of experiments at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (National MagLab) at Los Alamos National Laboratory leveraged some of the nation's highest-powered nondestructive magnets to reveal an exotic new phase of matter at high magnetic fields. The experiments studied the unusual Kondo insulator ytterbium dodecaboride (or YbB12) and were the first results from the new 75-tesla duplex magnet housed at the National MagLab's Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos.
"This magnet and the resulting experiments are the first fruits of the National Science Foundation-supported pulsed magnet surge," said Michael Rabin, director of the Pulsed Field Facility at Los Alamos. "The surge is creating new science capabilities in the 75-85 tesla range—leading eventually to an expanded portfolio of some of the most powerful nondestructive magnetic fields in the world."
Researchers from the University of Michigan, Kyoto University and Los Alamos conducted the research, published last week in Nature Physics.
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