Wiedemann Effect


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Wiedemann effect

[′vēd·ə‚män i‚fekt]
(electromagnetism)
The twist produced in a current-carrying wire when placed in a longitudinal magnetic field. Also known as circular magnetostriction.

Wiedemann Effect

 

the twisting of a ferromagnetic rod through which an electric current is flowing when the rod is placed in a longitudinal magnetic field; it was discovered by the German physicist G. Wiedemann in 1858. The Wiedemann effect is one of the manifestations of magnetostriction in a field formed by the combination of a longitudinal magnetic field and a circular magnetic field that is created by an electric current. If the electric current (or the magnetic field) is alternating, the rod will begin torsional oscillation. The Wiedemann effect is mainly of historical interest.