This 45.22-tesla magnet remains just shy of the record for the earth’s strongest magnet.
China apparently made the world's most powerful magnet for scientific research at a lab in the southeastern town of Hefei, which is in the Anhui province, a report by the South China Morning Post (SCMP) discloses.
The magnet is claimed to be about the size and shape of a coin, with a diameter of only thirty-three millimetres. Inspite of its modest size, it produces a stable magnetic field of 45.22 tesla, that is more than a million times greater than the Earth's magnetic field.
World Record Magnets
Researchers from the United States National High Magnetic Field Laboratory made a world record-breaking 45.5-tesla field in 2019. Having said that, they did that just with a test magnet that wasn’t chosen for experiments.
The Hefei center has become the highest steady-state magnetic field that can assist scientific research.
The original record was set by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in the United States in 1999. Its hybrid magnet produced 450,000 gauss [45 tesla], and it has held the record for 23 years.
Building such powerful magnetic fields demands an incredible load of energy, although the benefits could also be world-changing. Scientists worldwide are designing extremely powerful magnets in a bid to utilize the great capability of nuclear fusion energy, which could reduce the whole world's reliance on nonrenewable fuel sources.
At the Heifei facility, a group of scientists employed a powerful magnet back in the year 2016 to perform experiments, which in turn led to the observance of an all new physical phenomenon in carbon nanotubes. Their discovery has conceivable uses in the semiconductor market, as researchers are endeavoring to switch out silicon with carbon in processors to generate super-fast low-power computers.
Unlocking nuclear fusion as well as various other advancements
Professor Kuang Guangli, the lead expert in this magnetic field project said that the team has effectively created the strongest magnet on the planet for scientific research.
While the country's strong magnetic field lab started off reasonably late, it just took about one decade to make the big step from zero to a forerunner, creating the China speed for the innovation of strong magnetic modern technology the report stated.
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