A body which produces a magnetic field around itself. It has the property of attracting certain materials capable of being magnetized. A magnet occurring in nature is called a natural magnet in contrast with a man-made artificial magnet.



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COERCIMETER

An instrument that measures the magnetic intensity of a natural magnet or electromagnet.

ELECTROMAGNET

A temporary magnet made of a ferromagnetic core wound with insulated wire through which is passed an electric current. The current flow through the windings causes a magnetic field to build that will attract magnetic material.

HALL-EFFECT GAUSSMETER

A gaussmeter that consists of a thin piece of silicon or other semiconductor material which is inserted between the poles of a magnet to measure the magnetic field strength by means of the Hall effect.

MAGNETISM

The phenomena associated with magnetic fields and their effects upon magnetic materials, notably iron and steel. The magnetism of the north-seeking end of a freely suspended magnet is called red magnetism; the magnetism of the south-seeking end is called blue magnetism. Magnetism acquired by a piece of magnetic material while it is in a magnetic field is called induced magnetism. Permanent magnetism is retained for long periods without appreciable reduction, unless the magnet is subjected to a demagnetizing force. The magnetism in the intermediate iron of a ship which tends to change as the result of vibration, aging, or cruising in the same direction for a long period but does not alter immediately so as to be properly termed induced magnetism is called sub permanent magnetism. Magnetism which remains after removal of the magne- tizing force may be called residual magnetism. The magnetism of the earth is called terrestrial magnetism or geomagnetism.

MAGNETIC ANNUAL CHANGE

The amount of secular change in the earth’s magnetic field which occurs in 1 year. magnetic annual variation; the small systematic temporal variation in the earth’s magnetic field which occurs after the trend for secular change has been removed from the average monthly values.

GROUND MAGNETIC SURVEY

A determination of the magnetic field at the surface of the earth by means of ground-based instruments.

CURLE BALANCE

An instrument for determining the susceptibility of weakly magnetic materials, in which the deflection produced by a strong permanent magnet on a suspended tube containing the specimen is measured.

ELASTIC HYSTERESIS

Phenomenon exhibited by some solids in which the deformation of the solid depends not only on the stress applied to the solid but also on the previous history of this stress; analogous to magnetic hysteresis, with magnetic field strength and magnetic induction replaced by stress and strain respectively.

VIBRATING NEEDLE

A magnetic needle used in compass adjustment to find the relative intensity of the horizontal components of the earth’s magnetic field and the magnetic field at the compass location. Also called HORIZONTAL FORCE INSTRUMENT.

DEFLECTION MAGNETOMETER

A magnetometer in which magnetic fields are determined from the angular deflection of a small bar magnet that is pivoted so that it is free to move in a horizontal plane.

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