Commissioning party of the High Field Magnet at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin

Ready for use: after 8 years of developement and construction the High Field Magnet at HZB attracts the first users.

After about eight years of building and development, we are finally there: At the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, the world’s strongest magnet for neutron experiments is now available to scientists from across the world. The High Field Magnet will be officially put into the service of science at a commissioning party on 7 May 2015. Many research and political representatives and many cooperation and development partners are expected to attend the celebratory commissioning in Berlin-Wannsee.

The event takes place on Thursday, the 7th of May 2015 at the Wannsee Auditorium, starting 11 AM.


  • Prof. Dr. Anke Rita Kaysser-Pyzalla, Scientific Director of HZB
  • Prof. Michael Steiner, former Scientific Director of HZB and initiator of the HFM Project
  • Prof. Gregory Boebinger, Director National High Magnetic Field Lab., Tallahassee, USA

About High Field Magnet

  • Dr. Peter Smeibidl, Project Manager, HZB: „HFM - The Important Part of the Story“
  • Short Film: „The Berlin High Field Magnet“


  • Dr. Pierluigi Bruzzone, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland: „Collaborations, Synergies, Friendship“
  • Prof. Christian Ruegg, Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland: „New Science with High Magnetic Fields“


The event is only for invited guests. If you want to attend the commissioning party, please send an email to

About the High Field Magnet

At 26 teslas, the High Field Magnet at the HZB is the world’s strongest magnet for conducting neutron experiments. Combining neutrons with strong magnetic fields in experiments is enormously useful in basic research. With the High Field Magnet, it is now possible to bombard samples with neutrons inside extremely strong magnetic fields and thus answer burning questions in physics, chemistry, biochemistry and the materials sciences. Among other advances, researchers hope to gain a better understanding of superconductors and other materials with valuable properties. More about the scientific goals.

How the magnetic field is created

The High Field Magnet works on a hybrid magnet principle. Normally conducting and superconducting coils are placed in series and operated under the same current of 2,000 amperes. This configuration reduces the operating costs substantially compared to using only normally conducting magnets. The superconducting coil produces a magnetic field of up to 13 teslas. A complex infrastructure has had to be installed at the HZB for cooling and powering alone.  Many cooperation partners from many countries were involved in the development of the High Field Magnet. More about constructing the High Field Magnet.