Hi all, I have a few odd questions. 1. Can electromagnetic fields influence electrons orbiting around a nucleus? 2. Would it be possible to squash an electron "cloud" into a ring or saucer shape by the application of magnetic fields (think of Saturn and its rings, Saturn = nucleus & rings = electrons)? 3. If this is possible, what would happen to the nucleus? Would the nucleus be open for modification? Would the nucleus start to fly apart? I ask these questions because I want to confirm or deny something I heard a friend mention. He said if certain metals are kept molten while a strong electromagnetic field is applied the electron cloud will be squashed into a saucer configuration and the nucleus will be left open to modification. He gave an example: if silver is heated to flux in an induction furnace for a few hours it'll drop to palladium (difference of 1.5 atomic mass units). This seems highly questionable to me, but he was so vehement about this particular notion. I'm not a physicist, but rather a computer scientist. So I'm not sure if he was pulling my leg or not. A detailed explanation would be great! EDIT: I had trouble deciding which section I should post this, but hopefully I posted it in the right section! Please excuse me if I made a blunder.