A4_8 Magnetic Force Field

Elliott Shaw, Vlad Tudor, David Winkworth


The aim of this paper was to determine whether a bullet or other charged particle could be deflected using a magnetic field. By considering the force on a charge due to a magnetic field it was found that very high field strength would be necessary to deflect even a single electron, let alone anything with more mass. For this reason magnetic force-fields are not viable for use in protection outside of very acute circumstances, such as from the solar wind. However if the objective is to protect an astronaut performing extra-vehicular activities near the solar wind (an unlikely prospect) it may be useful.

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