Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Mag Lab

Today, we went on a field trip with the Tallahassee Homeschool Group to visit the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.

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They said we were the largest group that had ever shown up for a public tour, so they split us up into two smaller groups. Blaze and I ended up in the smaller group, with a very friendly and knowledgable Florida State University grad student as our tour guide.

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We learned that magnetic energy is measured in Teslas and that those big magnets that lift cars in junk yards are between one and two Teslas.

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This magnet is located inside a hole in the floor:

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There are only 3 big magnetic labs in the country, two of which are in Florida, but what makes this one exciting is that is houses the most powerful magnet in the world.

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Along with the magnetic research done at the lab, they also do high power microscope images, like these:

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