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Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
It's a record magnetic field, but... yeah. That didn't last long.
- Scientists knew that it would probably explode, but they did not expect to reach such a record magnetic field.
- Magnetic fields are measured in teslas, after Nikola Tesla.
- This one reached a record 1,200 teslas, 400 times stronger than an MRI; watch it explode in the video
1,200 teslas later... a huge white light engulfs the lab. Video below!
Photo: The University of Tokyo.
Another view of the magnetic explosion<p>This image explains it a bit better, <a href="https://spectrum.ieee.org/nanoclast/semiconductors/nanotechnology/magnetic-field-record-set-with-a-bang-1200-tesla" target="_blank">from the IEEE institute</a>. "The University of Tokyo's 1,200-Tesla magnetic field generator is powered by a bank of capacitors [on left, white] capable of storing 5 megajoules. The capacitors' energy flows into the primary coil [bottom left, gray] and induces a counteracting current and magnetic field in the liner [orange]. This implodes the liner in 40 microseconds, compressing the magnetic field [bottom right]."</p><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xODY3MTM3OC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYwNjgwMjkyMn0.3qkPOi6sqvSnMPGgA-eiugzi8YsO54--Zf4VJsWZjSs/img.jpg?width=980" id="b60fc" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f68bdfa39f915a4001b075f70e8b3acd" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Graphic illustration of how the scientists hit the record.
Image by University of Tokyo.
Watch it go boom<iframe width="724" height="407" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Hsu6FG_3adU" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""></iframe>
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