P1_2 The Deflection of Bullets Using Magnetic Fields

Emma Wigfield, Roisin Alindia Boadle, Amanjit Singh Dulay


This article demonstrates how low strength magnetic fields can be used to curve the trajectory of a moving particle, requiring a field in the order of 10-9T to loop an electron.  The theory is expanded to investigate whether such an arrangement would curve a bullet at its maximum velocity, in order to investigate the feasibility of using the magnetic field as a form of defence for an object.  It is found that the magnetic field strength required is ~1018T, far too high to have any practical use.

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