The “Normal Field Instability” causes spikes in ferrofluid.

The “Normal Field Instability” causes spikes in ferrofluid.

The “Normal Field Instability” causes spikes in ferrofluid as the fluid concentrates a magnetic field. Two small bolts were placed above opposite ends of a bar magnet with both of the heads facing upward.

By Jeremy Parsons, Daniel Allen, Anna Gilgur, Jonathan Fritts for Spring 2013 Team First.
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