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Stern-Gerlach experiment

  1. Dec 7, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stern-Gerlach
    In the Stern-Gerlach experiment, is there a reason why the upper magnet is wedge-shaped and not flat?


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    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Dec 7, 2007 #2
    OK. Maybe that is a silly question. Now that I think about it, the wedge-shape of the upper magnet is the entire point of the experiment because it creates the inhomogenous magnetic field.
     
  4. Dec 7, 2007 #3

    Doc Al

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    Exactly!
     
  5. Dec 7, 2007 #4

    HallsofIvy

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    But why, exactly, was it posted under "Calculus" rather than physics?
     
  6. Dec 7, 2007 #5

    Doc Al

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    Good point! I didn't even notice that. (I'll move it.)
     
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