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Magnetic alloys break the rules

A family of alloys has been discovered that undergoes unexpected changes of shape when magnetized. This strange behaviour might help in unravelling the mystery of a phenomenon called magnetic hysteresis. See Letter p.340

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Figure 1: Typical hysteresis loops in hard, soft and autarkic magnets.

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James, R. Magnetic alloys break the rules. Nature 521, 298–299 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/521298a

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