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FSU's magnet lab attracts new prize

A superconductivity center will move to Tallahassee from the University of Wisconsin.

Associated Press
Published October 7, 2005

TALLAHASSEE - One of the world's leading labs doing research into superconductivity will move to Florida State University next year, the school announced Thursday.

The Applied Superconductivity Center is moving from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Officials at Florida State and the lab said the presence at FSU of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and its scientists was one reason the Tallahassee university was chosen as the new site for the lab, which has been at Wisconsin for more than 20 years.

Superconductors conduct electricity with practically no resistance. Research into them is applied in a wide range of technologies, from better electric transmission lines to levitating trains to the technology used in cell phone calls.

Florida State is using $3.5-million for salaries, lab space, equipment and renovations to a building near the magnetic lab for the superconductivity center.

Four researchers, including director David Larbalestier, will move to Tallahassee by the first of the year, to be followed by postdoctoral researchers, machinists and graduate students. In all, the lab is expected to bring 30 researchers to FSU, officials said.

[Last modified October 7, 2005, 01:49:15]

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