Making Magnetic Crystals From Ferrofluids

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Ferrofluids are a great platform for exploring liquids and magnetism. Here, researchers trap ferrofluid droplets along an oil-water meniscus and then apply a magnetic field that makes the drops repel one another. The results are crystalline patterns formed from magnetic droplets. For a given patch of drops, increasing the magnetic field’s strength pushes drops further apart. But changing the drops’ size and levels of self-attraction also shifts the patterns. Check out the video to see the crystals in action. (Video and image credit: H. Khattak et al.)

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