Clusters of charged diamagnetic particles levitating in nonuniform magnetic field
S.P. Korolev Rocket-Space Corporation “Energia” - Korolev, Russia
2 Joint Institute for High Temperatures, Russian Academy of Sciences - Moscow, 125412 Russia
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Accepted: 30 November 2009
For confinement and investigation of strongly coupled systems of charged macroparticles, we propose to use a trap based on the known possibility of the levitation of diamagnetic bodies in a nonuniform steady-state magnetic field. An experimental setup is described, which is capable of forming and confining clusters of charge graphite particles sized 100 to 300 μm in magnetic field B ~ 1 T and ~ 10 T/cm. It is inferred that it will be possible to form stable 3D structures containing several thousands macroparticles under terrestrial conditions by using fields B > 10 T, and under microgravity conditions by using fields B ~ 0.1 T.
PACS: 45.50.Jf – Few- and many-body systems / 85.70.Rp – Magnetic levitation propulsion and control devices
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