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Generating magnetic field with Plasma

  1. Apr 1, 2012 #1
    If I wanted to generate plasma to replicate the magnetic flux density of a i.e. N42 magnet, what would be the required volume of gas/plasma to achieve this? This magnet has a pull force of 12kg at the contact surface.

    I have chosen to use Helium, because it has the highest ionization energy level.

    For references : http://plasmalab.pbworks.com/f/bfield.pdf

    You just need to give me a rough estimation, by using common sense.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2012
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 5, 2012 #2
    The plasma does not generate a coherent magnetic field. It requires a current driven in the plasma to generate the magnetic field. It would require massive currents to produce fields you mention.
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