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Radioactive magnetism as propulsion

  1. Aug 14, 2010 #1
    Radiomagnetism or radioactive magnetism. Has any research been done on this phenomenon as a source of propulsion. Are we thinking too small? Can the various levels of radioactivity affect magnetic propulsion by increasing its magnitude. What would be required to observe this on a large scale? Would it need to be done in space?
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  3. Aug 14, 2010 #2

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    I don't think there is any such thing as "radioactive magnetism".
  4. Aug 25, 2010 #3
    I've never heard of "radioactive magnetism" also. I have always wondered if somebody has ever built an electromagnet with a radioactive core. Will the magnetic field encourage fission?
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    Google searches on "radiomagnetism" and "radioactive magnetism" didn't turn up anything useful.
  6. Sep 2, 2010 #5
    Yes there has already been successful research into electromagnetic radiation propulsion. I’m sorry I can’t give you the name because it was a wile ago when I read about this. It was a satellite propelled from electromagnetic radiation (gamma rays) to very slowly accelerate a probe. From what I remember it was very little acceleration and could not be piloted because of the exposure to harmful rays. I can’t give you any more info than that sorry. TM
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