Can a copper magnet capable of attracting hydrogen molecules be made?

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Offline batuman

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Can we make a copper magnet which can attract hydrogen molecules?
« Last Edit: 20/05/2016 08:51:57 by chris »


Offline evan_au

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Are you asking about a "rice-puller"?

Presumably, because rice is a carbohydrate, a copper pot which attracts hydrogen sounds more scientific than one which attracts rice?


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Well, you can pull the copper into thin wire, coil it up, cool it down to liquid helium temperatures and run huge amounts of current through what is now a super-conductive solenoid. Hydrogen molecules are diamagnetic, but if you meant hydrogen atoms (which are paramegnetic, albeit very reactive species), then yes you can construct a very strong copper magnet capable of attracting hydrogen (weakly).

Somehow, though, I doubt that this is what you are after.