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Race for Stronger Magnets Turns Into Marathon

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Science  10 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5374, pp. 164-165
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5374.164

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TOKYO-- Researchers are pushing magnet technology to develop a new generation of nuclear magnetic resonance machines in order to explore molecular structures in unprecedented detail. But magnetmakers are facing technical challenges in meeting these demands, such as the fact that the current-carrying capacity of a given material can itself be degraded by high magnetic fields. Several labs around the world are now working on a variety of techniques to produce these superconducting magnets.