Physics @ Berkeley
Events in Physics
Title: Electrons, Energy And Health: The Sometimes Hidden Role Of High Magnetic Fields And Invisible Light    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 05/03/2010
Time: 4:30 pm
Location: 1 LeConte
Speaker: Greg Boebinger
Affiliation: Florida State University

At the MagLab, we generate magnetic fields exceeding a million times the Earth’s magnetic field.  This talk seeks to answer the question, “why would anyone want to do such a thing?”   It turns out that magnetic fields are a fundamental research tool…being one of the few thermodynamic parameters that can be tuned continuously and reversibly to address many questions in materials, energy, environment and health. 


A few illustrative examples from electron correlations: tweaking macroscopic quantum phenomena; energy: analyzing nature’s most complex fluid, petroleum, using cyclotron resonance; and health: using quantum dots to track living stem cells with magnetic resonance imaging.


Jokes will very likely be told.