Frydman, L., High magnetic field science and its application in the United States: A magnetic resonance perspective. J Magn Reson, 2014(0).
High-field magnets have become an important research tool in many scientific disciplines. Originally developed for studying the characteristics of materials under extreme conditions, they have increasingly been used by other disciplines, including biology, chemistry, and geology, and have found applications beyond basic science, serving many applied fields from medicine to the petroleum industry. At the request of the United States National Science Foundation, the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) established a committee in the spring of 2012 called the ‘‘Committee to Assess the Current Status and Future Direction of High Magnetic Field Science in the United States’’. This group of Academy-level experts was asked to assess the needs of the U.S. research community in particular – and of the global research community in general – for high magnetic fields.