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AIR GAP:  The distance between the north and south poles of a magnetic circuit.  In conducting pull tests this is the distance between the working surface of the magnet and the testing apparatus.
 
 
ANISOTROPIC:  (oriented) A material that has a preferred direction of magnetic orientation which produces superior magnetic characteristics through a particular axis.
 
 
COERCIVE FORCE, Hc:  The intensity of a magnetic field required to reduce to zero the residual magnetism of a substance.
 
 
CURIE TEMPERATURE:  The temperature that a magnetic substance loses its magnetic properties.
 
 
DEMAGNETIZING FORCE:  A magnetized force applied in a direction that reduces the field in a magnetized material.
 
 
FLUX:  Another term for the magnetic field.
 
 
GAUSS:  The unit of magnetic induction or magnetic flux density used to measure magnetic field strength.  (lines of magnetic flux per square centimeter).
 
 
GAUSSMETER:  An instrument used to measure the intensity of a magnetic field.
 
 
GRADIENT:  Indicates the change in magnetic strength between points measured at different distances perpendicular to the magnetic field.
 
 
INTRINSIC COERCIVE FORCE, Hci:  Measurement of magnetic materials inherent ability to resist self demagnetization.
 
 
ISOTROPIC:  (non-oriented)  A material with no preferred direction of orientation resulting in the same magnetic characteristics through any axis.
 
 
MAGNET:  A material that has the property, either natural or induced, of attracting iron or steel.
 
 
MAGNETIC FIELD:  The space around a magnet in which the magnetic force can be detected.
 
MAGNETIC FLUX:  The total magnetic induction across or through a specified area.
 
 
MAGNETIC INDUCTION, B:  The production of magnetic properties in a magnetizable substance when placed in a magnetic field.
 
 
MAGNETIC LINES OF FORCE:  A series of invisible lines passing from one pole to another of a magnet, which taken together form the magnetic field.
 
 
MAGNETIC ORIENTATION:  Determines the magnetic polarity and position of one magnet pole to the other.
 
 
MAGNETIC SATURATION:  The maximum amount of magnetic energy that can be absorbed by a magnetic substance.
 
 
MAXIMUM ENERGY PRODUCT, BH max:  The point on the BH curve where the product of B and H is a maximum and the required volume of magnet material required to project a given energy into its surroundings is a minimum.  (MGOe)
 
 
MAXIMUM OPERATING TEMPERATURE:  The maximum temperature a magnet can withstand without significant long range instability or structural changes.
 
 
MGO:  Mega Gauss Oersted.
 
 
NORTH POLE:  The pole of a magnet that when freely suspended would point to the north magnetic pole of the earth.
 
 
OERSTED:  The unit of magnetic intensity in the cgs ( centimeter-gram-second ) system that
describes magnetic force.
 
 
POLE PIECES:  Steel plates attached to the north and south poles of a magnet which direct the lines of flux and can control the gradient of the magnetic field.
 
 
PULL TEST:  A test of holding value or breakaway force and reachout, usually conducted with a flat ferrous plate or ferrous sphere and a spring scale.
 
 
REACH OUT:  The distance in which a magnetic field will extend from the magnet source.
 
 
RESIDUAL MAGNETISM:  Small amounts of magnetism that remain in a material after being exposed to magnetic force.
   
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