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Is paramagnetized liquid oxygen itself a magnet?

  1. Mar 21, 2010 #1
    1. When liquid oxygen, being paramagnetic, is placed in a magnetic field it possesses magnetization in direct proportion to the field strength.

    2. Does this mean that it emits a magnetic field and is itself a magnet while in this field

    3. or is it just a part of the larger magnetic field it is immersed in?
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  3. Mar 22, 2010 #2
    I believe because liquid oxygen is paramagnetic, and not ferromagnetic, it cannot be called a magnet. But this depends on your definition of a magnet. I think the official definition is that a magnet must hold a persistent magnetisation, which oxygen would not do once removed from a magnetic field.
  4. Mar 24, 2010 #3
    Yes, But does it have its own magnetic field while in the larger magnetic field?
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