Magnetic Hose Created to Transmit Magnetic FieldsCategory: Science & Technology
Posted: June 27, 2014 02:03PM
Magnetic fields have had many uses for many decades, including storing information and generating electricity. Despite their relatively common use, there has been no technology to guide and transmit static magnetic fields. Until now that is, thanks to researchers at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Comprised of a ferromagnetic cylinder, wrapped with a superconductor, the magnetic hose developed by the researchers can actually transmit static magnetic fields from one inlet to multiple outlets. This is similar to how fiber optics can manipulate light, and could lead to a new field of technology and research, just as fiber optics did. As it is now, the magnetic hose is four times more efficient than modern techniques to transmit magnetic fields, but this could improve. According to the theories that enable the hose to work, by wrapping the ferromagnetic cylinder in alternating thin layers of superconductor and ferromagnetic material, the efficiency could increase further.