Magnetic Flux-Trapping Experiment with a Moving Conductor

Science  14 Nov 1969:
Vol. 166, Issue 3907, pp. 877-878
DOI: 10.1126/science.166.3907.877


An aluminum conductor moving into and out of a magnetic field of 75 gauss traps within itself for varying lengths of time a detectable fraction of the encountered flux, which subsequently decays. A time constant of about 0.005 second, which is the order of magnitude predicted by classical electrodynamics, is measured. The result is of interest in connection with the "frozen-in field" concept of Babcock's sunspot model.