PURPOSE: To demonstrate flipping of magnetic domains in iron.

DESCRIPTION: A soft iron wire is positioned in the core of a large coil. The coil is attached across the microphone input of an audio amplifier, which in turn is connected to a loudspeaker. Hold the iron core fixed as you bring a small magnet near one end of the wire. Magnetic domains flip into alignment with the applied magnetic field as the magnet comes closer and the field increases. When a domain flips, it emits a short electromagnetic pulse which is picked up by the coil as a spike and heard as a click on the loudspeaker. To make the experiment more convincing, do it with a piece of copper wire and without any wire at all in the coil.


REFERENCES: (PIRA 5G20.10) See Demonstration Reference File for relevant articles. See also Demonstration J7-23: MAGNETIC DOMAINS - MODEL.

EQUIPMENT: Magnet, iron and copper wires, coil with XLR connector, audio amplifier and speaker.


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