Thursday, September 09, 2010

Origin of magnetic fields may lie in special relativity's spacetime distortions

Origin of magnetic fields may lie in special relativity's spacetime distortions
September 9, 2010 By Lisa Zyga

(PhysOrg.com) -- "Magnetic fields play an important role on scales ranging from the sub-atomic to the cosmic, from particle spins to galaxy clusters. Although scientists know how to create and manipulate magnetic fields, as well as use them for a variety of applications from computers to credit cards, they still don't have a universal theory of how magnetic fields initially originated in astrophysical settings. In a new study, two scientists have proposed a new primary generation mechanism for the magnetic field that is based on the spacetime distortions caused by special relativity."

More really cool physics stuff. Gravity is starting to look even more like the fundamental power in the universe.

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