Indexed on: 21 Jun '01Published on: 21 Jun '01Published in: Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics
Magnetoelastic materials have a strong coupling between strain and magnetization, so applying a magnetic field to a magnetoelastic material can change its shape. This coupling leads to interesting dynamics. We have studied the dynamics of a wide ribbon of Metglass 2605sc which was driven by a magnetic field. The ribbon was suspended as a pendulum in a set of Helmholtz coils, which provided both dc and ac magnetic fields. Laser light was reflected off the ribbon to measure its angular displacement. Two points on the ribbon could be simultaneously illuminated, and one of the laser beams could be scanned over the ribbon. We observed quasiperiodic bifurcations in the motion of the ribbon, and characterized the spatial aspect of the motion with some recently developed statistics.