# magnetic moment

Magnetic moment, also known as **magnetic dipole moment**, is a measure of the
strength of a permanent magnet or a current-carrying
coil expressed as the torque product when the magnet or coil is set with
its axis perpendicular to a unit magnetic
field. In other words, it is the maximum turning force exerted on a
magnet or coil (or moving electric charge) in a magnetic field divided by
the strength of the field. Charged particles and atomic nuclei also have
magnetic moments.

A magnetic moment is a vector quantity that describes the strength and direction of a magnetic field produced by a magnet or a current loop. It is defined as the product of the current and the area enclosed by the current loop, multiplied by a constant known as the magnetic moment of the loop.

The magnetic dipole moment of a magnet or a current loop is an important property that is used to describe the behavior of magnetic fields and the interaction between magnetic fields and other magnetic materials.

The magnetic dipole moment can be calculated using the formula:

* m* = *IA*

where *m* is the magnetic dipole moment, *I* is the current flowing through the loop, and *A* is the area enclosed by the current loop. The direction of the magnetic dipole moment is perpendicular to the plane of the current loop and is determined by the right-hand rule.

The magnetic dipole moment of a magnet or a current loop can be influenced by external magnetic fields. When a magnet or a current loop is placed in an external magnetic field, it experiences a torque that tends to align the magnetic dipole moment with the direction of the external magnetic field. This phenomenon is known as magnetic moment precession.

The magnetic dipole moment is also used to describe the behavior of magnetic materials. Magnetic materials are materials that can be magnetized, meaning that they can produce their own magnetic fields. The magnetic dipole moment of a magnetic material describes the strength of the magnetic field produced by the material.

Magnetic materials are classified into two categories: diamagnetic and paramagnetic. Diamagnetic materials have no magnetic dipole moment and are not attracted to magnetic fields. Paramagnetic materials have a magnetic dipole moment and are attracted to magnetic fields.