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Molecular spin alignment having macro torque effects?

  1. May 14, 2008 #1

    If a magnetic field aligns the electron or nuclear spins can that have a macro effect of causing torque? So for example if we had a rod and we fixed one end but allowed it to freely rotate and then aligned electron or nuclear spins would that cause the rod to rotate?

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  3. May 15, 2008 #2


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  4. May 15, 2008 #3
    And the opposite effect is the Barnett effect, whereby mechanical rotation of a ferromagnetic body on its axis results in magnetization along the rotational axis.


    Last edited: May 15, 2008
  5. May 15, 2008 #4
    Thanks! I appreciate the info. This led to some interesting reading. -Xerxes73
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