To explore and develop ultrahigh magnetic field science, we are delighted to collaborate with researchers in the user community of the European Magnetic Field Facility who are interested in the 1000 T environment. We like to discuss possible collaboration with those who have specific ideas for ultrahigh fields exceeding 300 T, which cannot be reached by the single-turn coil technique. Moreover, we are seeking to deepen the cooperation of ISSP with EMFL in a more formal way.

Research interests at 1000 T

The multi-megagauss field research offers opportunities to challenge many intriguing physical topics, including (i) the full spin control of strongly correlated electrons, (ii) research on the low-temperature normal-state nature of high-Tc superconductors, (iii) investigation of effects of wave-function shrinkage on molecules and atoms, and (iv) the study of quantum spin physics with strong interactions. In relation to (i), we recently found a novel field-induced insulator-metal transition in W-doped VO2 at 500 T (Figure 1) [1]. We may also find further intriguing topics in interdisciplinary areas collaborating with chemists, biologists, or astrophysicists.

Figure 1: Magneto-transmission at 1.977 μm in a V0.94W0.06O2 thin film.

Technical notes

1. Electromagnetic flux compression (EMFC) in ISSP

40 years ago, Prof. Chikazumi launched a project to realize extremely high magnetic fields by using EMFC at ISSP, and the project was taken over by Profs. Miura and Takayama. In 2018, a magnetic field of 1200 T was produced using EMFC pushing the frontiers of science (see also [2, 3]). By producing 1000 T in an indoor experimental environment, several kinds of precision measurements have become possible even in this ultrahigh field range.

Figure 2: Image of EMFC coil, photo of the moment of explosion, and responsible staff members in ISSP.
(Ikeda, Nakamura, Sawabe, Ishii, Matsuda, from left to right)

2. Characteristics of destructive magnets

In contrast to millisecond to sub-second pulse duration of a non-destructive pulsed magnet, the megagauss field lasts only for several microseconds, resulting in a very large dB/dt. Electromagnetic noises from the high voltage (50 kV) and large current (8 MA) circuit for the field generation sometimes disturbs precise measurements. Under these technical conditions, an optical experiment of an insulator is the most suitable experiment from the technical point of view. Electrical measurements of metallic samples requires to meet specific conditions depending on the parameters of each sample. In principle, we need a very thin film or wire, or small particle for experiments of metallic substances to avoid heating of the samples. Moreover, not only a high-field coil but also a measurement sample is destroyed for the 1000 T experiments with the EMFC field generator.

3. Typical conditions and requirements for probes and samples

  • The top field is generated in a bore ~ 5 mm and a length ~ 3 mm.
  • A He flow cryostat ~ 4.2 K with a bore ~ 3 mm is available.
  • Single shot measurement with a speed beyond 10 MHz.
  • Bulky metallic parts are not allowed. Thin films and wires are ok.

For further information, see the references below.


If you have a potential plan for a collaboration with us, please send a short outline to us. We will consider the possibility and reply. Your messages will be kept classified.

Yasuhiro H. Matsuda, IMGSL-ISSP Kashiwa, University of Tokyo

References and resources

  1. Infrared absorption technique
    "Magnetic-field-induced insulator-metal transition in W-doped VO2 at 500 T"
    Y. H. Matsuda, D. Nakamura, A. Ikeda, S. Takeyama, Y. Muraoka, Y. Suga,
    Nat. Commun. 11, 3591(2020).
  2. 1200 T generation with the new EMFC bank system in ISSP
    "Record indoor magnetic field of 1200 T generated by electromagnetic flux-compression"
    D. Nakamura, A. Ikeda, H. Sawabe, Y. H. Matsuda, and S. Takeyama
    Rev. Sci. Instrum. 89, 095106 (2018).
  3. Magneto-optical technique
    "Magnetic phases of a highly frustrated magnet, ZnCr2O4, up to an ultrahigh magnetic field of 600 T"
    A. Miyata, H. Ueda, Y. Ueda, H. Sawabe, and S. Takeyama
    Phys. Rev. Lett. 107, 207203 (2011).
  4. RF-based magnetoresistivity technique
    "Pauli-limit upper critical field of high-temperature superconductor La1.84Sr0.16CuO4. "
    D. Nakamura, T. Adachi, K. Omori, Y. Koike, S. Takeyama
    Sci Rep 9, 16949 (2019).
  5. Magnetostriction technique
    "High-speed 100 MHz strain monitor using fiber Bragg grating and optical filter for magnetostriction measurements under ultrahigh magnetic fields"
    A. Ikeda, T. Nomura, Y. H. Matsuda, S. Tani, Y. Kobayashi, H. Watanabe, K. Sato
    Rev. Sci. Instrum. 88, 083906 (2017).