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Ferromagnetic ferrofluids

The idea of creating liquids containing magnetic particles that display ferromagnetism has not been realized — until now. Plate-shaped magnets in a liquid crystal have been made that exhibit this property. See Article p.237

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Figure 1: Bar magnets and ferrofluids.

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Figure 2: Ferromagnetic order in a ferrofluid.

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Clark, N. Ferromagnetic ferrofluids. Nature 504, 229–230 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/504229a

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