# Moving-coil galvanometer

phyphysics
I know that the pointer of the galvanometer makes use of the turning effect to indicate the strength of the current. Say, the pointer is moved to the position of 8mA, if the current is suddenly withdrawn, the pointer would be pointing back to zero. What's the mechanism behind this?

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phyphysics said:
I know that the pointer of the galvanometer makes use of the turning effect to indicate the strength of the current. Say, the pointer is moved to the position of 8mA, if the current is suddenly withdrawn, the pointer would be pointing back to zero. What's the mechanism behind this?
A coil spring. The angle is proportional to the torque on the spring, which is proportional to the current in the coil.

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phyphysics
When the current is just switched off, then there is no turning effect on both the hairsprings and the iron cylinder. By inertia, the pointer must still pointing at the original reading, say, 8mA, so how can the pointer be flicked back to zero when the current suddenly drops to 0 ?