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A Blow against a Magnetic Field,

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The scheme proposed by the professor is extremely simple. The magnetic field is created in a cylinder rather than inside a sphere. From the theoretical point of view, both these bodies provide the same result but it is technically simpler to work with a cylinder. Located within it is a solenoid to which the powerful charge of capacitors is directed. The initial flux arises in this way. Since the cylinder has a cut along the generatrix, the magnetic flux passes through the walls freely. When the flux approaches the maximum, explosives which are laid around the outside of the cylinder are detonated. The cumulative explosion compresses the cylinder with a violent force, the slot is slammed, and the magnetic flux lands in the trap. In 1959, in the famous city of the atomic bomb, Los Alamos, the Americans achieved an intensity of 14 million Oersteds by this method. And later, using a cumulative device, a group of the Soviet Acadamician Sakharov obtained a magnetic field with an intensity of 25 million Oersteds. There is every reason to think that this figure is not the limit. The opinion exists that an underground burst of our atomic bomb will permit creating a magnetic field of 100 million Oersteds. A natural question may arise why create such a device which an explosion will disfigure like a paper cup. For the same reason that we make paper cups. For cheapness. Before the device perishes, it will create a field of enormous intensity and we will be able to learn the results of its action in phenomena of interest to us.

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  • Electricity and Magnetism
  • Particle Accelerators

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