A theorem due to Earnshaw proves that it is not possible to achieve static levitation using any combination of fixed magnets and electric charges. Static levitation. The answer is no, and this fact is referred to as the Earnshaw’s theorem. We will prove this assuming $q \gt 0$, but the proof is similar for $q \lt. PDF | A classical electrodynamical results known as Earnshaw theorem forbids the stable static levitation in stationary fields. Even though, permanent magnets.

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Earnshaw’s Theorem — SIMION Supplemental Documentation

In modern terms, the theory may be stated roughly as:. Physics, and science in general, is eaenshaw about challenging assumptions, and doing so can pay great research dividends. Of course, in such a case, the paramagnet is too weak to do the actual levitating; it just provides a small window of stability for an object that is actually being lifted by ferromagnetic effects. Many atoms have essentially no net magnetic dipole field, because the electrons orbit the nucleus about different axes, so their fields cancel out.

About a decade ago researchers in the Netherlands levitated a living frog using a powerful magnet: To understand such materials, one must understand a little bit about magnetic dipoles. A magnetic dipole is also formed by an electrical current flowing around a closed loop, as shown below: He found that a system of particles could not be in stable equilibrium if the forces involved followed an inverse square lawin which the force between two particles is a function ofwhere is the distance between the particles.

Earnshaw’s theorem says there can be no static system subject to mutual inverse square law forces only. The two vectors of the Standard Model provides not only the spin as required for maintainance of straight line projection of a resting particle on a diamagnetic surface of a radiator together with the counter gravity vector which is required for straight line trajectory as seen with radiation where each particle or unbound electron is accelerated carrying a digital sample of communication.


Only five elements have electron shell structures that support ferromagnetism, namely, iron, cobalt, nickel, gadolinium, and dysprosium.

Earnshaw’s theorem

Sir Another way of convincing others to your line of thought is via the explanation of radiation and it connection to the two vectors of the Standard Model as espoused by Einstein. The proof of Earnshaw’s theorem follows closely from Gauss’s law. That being said, Maxwell is certainly one of the biggest influences on 20th century physics, and beyond! March 7, at 8: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Your assumption seems to be that the absence of monopoles somehow fundamentally changes the behavior Re: This accounts for the hysteresis effect, by which a piece of iron acquires some permanent magnetism after having been exposed to a strong field.

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It is proven here that the Laplacian of each individual component of a magnetic field is zero. There is no classical analogy.

Magnetic dipoles aligned parallel or antiparallel to an external field with the magnitude of the dipole proportional to the external field will correspond to paramagnetic and diamagnetic materials respectively. Potential energy surfaces are in green. The answer is no, and this fact is referred to as the Earnshaw’s theorem.


While a more general proof may be possible, three specific cases are considered here.

However, there will be typically have been some structural re-organization of the lattice depending on the strength of the applied field, and the temperature of the ironso that a higher percentage of the domains are aligned, and this re-structuring of the lattice persists even after the earnxhaw field is removed.

The contribution of the nucleus itself to the magnetic field of an atom is typically negligible compared with that of the electrons.

Instead, it consists of many small regions of pure lattices, within which the exchange interaction keeps all the electron spins aligned, but the exchange interaction does not extend across the boundaries between domains. Informally, the case of a point charge in an arbitrary static earnshhaw field is a simple consequence of Gauss’s law. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: For such an atom, the charge configuration would not be in stable equilibrium and therefore unable to resist even the slightest disturbance.

That includes the magnetic field from a solenoid that is energized by a constant current. How does a diamagnet violate this theorem? And the power in all of them depends on this stone. Someone named Theoren, using mathematical mumbojumbo, said that a permenant magnet can not be levitated without using some energy input for stabilization. The three main types of magnetic behavior exhibited by material substances are called diamagnetism, paramagnetism, and ferromagnetism.