Michael Banks argues the case for the 1913 prize for liquifying helium
Liquid helium is an essential component in experimental physics. It is used to chill materials to near absolute zero allowing their fascinating properties to be studied as well as cool superconducting magnets that are used in many big-science facilities such as CERN’s Large Hadron Collider and the ITER fusion reactor, which is currently being built in France.
Away from basic science, helium plays a critical role in healthcare by cooling the magnets that used in magnetic resonance imaging machines.
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