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Q & A: radioactive magnets

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Most recent answer: 01/29/2016
Q:
Can matter be both radioactive and magnetized? if so what are plausible effects of using that sort of matter in an alternator?
- James (age 22)
Wisconsin
A:

Sure, you could have some radioactive isotopes (e.g. of cobalt) in a ferromagnet. To a small extent, you always do. Incorporating something more radioactive in a car alternator would have the effect of giving people a dose of radiation and maybe causing cancer. I don't see it as a real selling point.

Mike W.


(published on 01/29/2016)

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