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Ferrofluid research

Ferrofluid research

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PRINCETON PLASMA PHYSICS LABORATORY / US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PRINCETON PLASMA PHYSICS LABORATORY / US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Ferrofluid research, close-up. A ferrofluid is a liquid mixed with small metallic particles that can become magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. Ferrofluids are used in electronics, spacecraft, and medicine, but are also a fascinating way to visualize a magnetic field in three dimensions. A ferrofluid is known for having properties of two different states matter: liquid and solid. Whether it's a liquid or solid depends upon whether a magnetic fields is present. This ferrofluid is being studied at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), New Jersey, USA. Photographed on 10 October 2011.

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