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Monopoles on the move

Magnetic materials provide a new context for observing magnetic monopoles. Numerical simulations now establish an experimentally measurable signature of their dynamics — one that has in fact already been seen in a spin-ice compound.

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Figure 1: Magnetic monopole creation and dynamics in spin ice.


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Moessner, R., Schiffer, P. Monopoles on the move. Nature Phys 5, 250–251 (2009).

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