Hyperfine Interactions

, Volume 151, Issue 1, pp 145-153

First online:

Biological permanent magnets

  • Richard B. FrankelAffiliated withDepartment of Physics, California Polytechnic State University

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Magnetotactic bacteria orient and migrate along magnetic field lines. Each cell is essentially a self-propelled magnetic dipole. The magnetic properties of these bacteria have been determined by a variety of techniques, including pulsed hysteresis measurements on single cells.

Key words

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