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Magnetic Properties of a Paper Clip –
Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) Option

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The objective of this educational module is to introduce the basic measurement capabilities of the VersaLab Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) Option. A simple isothermal magnetization measurement on a piece of a paper clip will be performed.




Several items are needed for this experiment, which include:

  • Paper clips
  • Wire cutters
  • Non-magnetic adhesive, in this case zircar cement (see section 3.3 of the VSM user’s manual)
  • The palladium calibration standard that comes with the VSM kit
  • A brass sample holder for mounting the sample
  • A scale to measure the mass of your sample
  • A VSM sample mounting station
  • Tweezers
  • Toothpick


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