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Materials that effect fields from Perminant magnets?

  1. Apr 10, 2006 #1
    hi all, Please can you help list materials that can be used to Block, Reduce, Stabilize, Increase or react with the fields from perminant magnets

    il start with

    Graphite: A Magnetic Stabilizer
    Coper: A Magnetic Inductor
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  3. Apr 11, 2006 #2


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    Materials in what way?

    Do you mean materials added to ferromagnetic materials/alloys or surrounding them or juxtaposed?
  4. Apr 12, 2006 #3
    i mean externaly,Materials that can interact with the field

    for example a material that would block the magnetic field from the perminant magnet if you surrounded the maget with it.

    another example would be how graphite sheets will stabilize a perminant magnets field in such a way as to allow it to levitate.

    copper will induce electric charge when disrupted by magnets.

    any examples like that would be of great interest
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  5. Apr 16, 2006 #4


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    The magnetic field from a permanent magnet is just that - a magnetic field, it is no different from the magnetic field produced from an electromagnet. The last three words in your sentence are hence redundant.

    This is a misleading description - to say, without elaboration, that graphite is a "magnetic stabilizer". There is no material property known as magnetic stability. Graphite is a moderate diamagnet. When used in the right geometry, it provides a shallow potential well for a magnetically levitated object (again, only in a specific geometry), which results is better stability against mechanical perturbations.

    Second, it is meaningless to say that copper is a "magnetic inductor". Inductance is a geometrical property, not a material property. Copper is essentially non-magnetic**. The reason copper is used in transformer windings is because of its large electrical conductivity. You'd have to build a significantly larger transformer if you wanted to use some other (eg: aluminum) material to deliver the same current through the windings.

    In any case, to add a little to your list :

    Mu-metal : A very high permeability ferromagnetic alloy made primarily from nickel and iron. It is often used in magnetic shielding. ##

    Bismuth : This the the strongest elemental diamagnet at room temperature. It's diamagnetic susceptibility is a little bigger than those of gold and graphite and a lot bigger than those of copper and water, yet about 5 orders of magnitude smaller than that of a superconductor (in the Meissner phase).

    ** It is the weakest known elemental diamagnet, with a susceptibility smaller than -10^-6.

    ## Note : In certain (eg : aerospace) applications where stronger shielding is required, superconductors are used for magnetic shielding. A superconductor is a perfect diamagnet with susceptibility of -1.
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  6. Apr 16, 2006 #5
    thankyou!! these are great examples of the kind of materials i ment
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