Phenomena

Ferrofluid Self-Organization

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The behavior of a ferrofluid subject to magnetic fields can be fascinating. Here a ferrofluid is subjected to a permanent magnet and thinner is added to the ferrofluid. As it spreads outward, the thinner carries ferrofluid with it. The thinner evaporates, increasing the concentration of ferrofluid in the outer ring and eventually forming peaks of ferrofluid that move inward toward the main body due to the attraction of the magnet. Near the main body, the peaks are repelled by the ferrofluid because they have the same magnetic orientation.

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