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Requirements for Magnetic Plasma-ization?

  1. Dec 28, 2012 #1
    Hi,
    I live near the world's most powerful electromagnet. I was wondering if the magnet would be powerful enough to pull the electrons from a metallic bond? The magnet can reach a power level of 45 Tesla. I would like to know if this is powerful enough to do this and if not what is.
     
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  3. Dec 28, 2012 #2

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    Magnetic fields can influence the energy levels, but they do not "pull" electrons unless you move them in some way.
     
  4. Dec 28, 2012 #3
    So if the energy level is high enough the electrons could disperse themselves and leave just the nucleus, right?
     
  5. Dec 28, 2012 #4

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    Electrons in metallic bonds are not bound to any atom.

    Just to get a rough order of magnitude of any effects: Electrons need ~0.07c to get a force of ~1eV/nm in a field of 45 Tesla (calculation). 1eV/nm is small compared to electric fields in atoms, and 0.07c is quick.
     
  6. Dec 28, 2012 #5
    Thank you very much
     
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