Scientists in Germany have made a shield that can cut magnetic fields more than a million-fold, and they've used it to produce one of the most thrilling metal boxes on the Earth right now. The 4.1-cubic-metre space has the weakest magnetic field in our entire Solar System, and it will let researchers to finally do the high-accuracy experiments that could disclose physics further than the Standard Model. The Standard Model of particle physics, also called as 'The Theory of Almost Everything', is the finest set of equations we have to clarify the behavior and interactions of the fundamental particles in the Cosmos. But even though the model has helped us a lot, there are a whole lot of holes, for example the fact that the Standard Model doesn't describe gravity, or why matter and antimatter from the Big Bang didn't overwhelm each other totally. It also can't analyze the behavior of particles at very high energies.
The shield, which contains several coatings of a specially made, highly magnetic nickel-and-iron alloy, acts like a sponge that engrosses and redirects a magnetic field. The scientists describe its design and performance in the Journal of Applied Physics.
Many exciting experiments can now be conducted inside this small, metal box, and that could take us into a courageous new world of physics, and we can't wait to see some outcomes. We've already said it before, and I’ll say it again: what an unbelievable time to be alive.