By way of background, we note that when the NSF created the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (NHMFL) in 1990, the original drivers principally resided in physics and materials science. Since then, the instrumentation available through the NHMFL has become increasingly used by other disciplines, including biology, chemistry, and geology. The NHMFL also has found applications beyond basic science, serving many applied fields from medicine to the petroleum industry. Consequently, in 2011, the NSF commissioned the NRC to generate an assessment of the current status and future direction of both high magnetic field science and technology development in the United States.

The MagSci committee is distributing this message to as many members of the high magnetic field community as possible, using several different organizations, because it wants to be sure that all voices have been heard before it issues its report. We apologize if you have received multiple copies of this letter.

If you have information you want to transmit to the MagSci committee, please send it by e-mail to It would be helpful to have your comments by June 20, 2012. Please note that in accord with government regulations for federal advisory committees, all information submitted to the committee will be made available to the public. Thank you for your help.

For MagSci,

Bertrand Halperin, Chair
Committee to Assess the Current Status and Future Direction of High Magnetic Field
Science in the United States

Written responses were received from the following individuals:

Núria Aliaga-Alcalde

Michael S. Chapman

Sang-Wook Cheong

Juliana D’Andrilli

K.-P. Dinse

Jack H. Freed

William P. Halperin

Michael Harrington

Jeffrey Hoch

Mei Hong

Trudy Lehner

James McKnight

Gavin Morley

Tatyana Polenova

Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy

Raphael Raptis

Dan Reger

Bertaina Sylvian

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