Virtual Magnetic Monopoles

Conceptual representation of the virtual magnetic monopolar test apparatus.

A device for the production of a virtual magnetic monopolar state (only North or South alone) within the device’s volume in order to create exotic conditions for study.


Just as an electromagnet is a ‘virtual magnet’, the proposed apparatus is to function as a ‘virtual magnetic monopole’, gaining the qualities of such without the need for the exotic conditions necessary for a true monopole. Though conceptual to this point, the virtual monopole might possibly induce a measurable distortion of the metric within the apparatus.

If this distortion becomes significant, the resultant effects could potentially provide new methods of communication, propulsion, energy production, and energy storage. Additionally, this technology could, if proven valid, induce reactions of fissile materials using significantly reduced total mass by increasing the likelihood of neutron interaction within the distorted volume, providing a greater yield as well as a reduction in the required mass of material. Additional considerations for exploration include the alteration of the Casimir force, vacuum fluctuations, the velocity of energy and material when passing through this region, and many other phenomena which may be affected by the conditions within the testing volume.

A number of issues remain untested in this design, though the theoretical applications of the system are broad in scope. Additional factors such as induced magnetic spin and applied electrostatic charge may also yield more significant results when the apparatus is in use, creating an increased effect within the enclosed volume.


Magnetic properties were first noticed in a form of ore known as a Lodestone that would attract iron. Early Greeks near the city of Magnesia as well as the early Chinese knew of these stones and later discovered that a needle stroked by one would also become ‘magnetic’. The tendency for these needles to point always towards the Earth’s magnetic pole regardless of their location made long journeys out of sight of land possible for early seafarers. Later, scientists such as Hans Christian Oersted, Andre-Marie Ampere, and Michael Faraday developed theories on these properties. James Clerk Maxwell translated these theories into the basic mathematics which describe the relationship between the flow of electrical current and magnetic impulse now known as electromagnetism.

This science led to the use of coils of current-carrying material for the purposes of creating a ‘virtual’ magnet without the need for the lump of Lodestone. This virtual magnet, or electromagnet, was far superior in many ways to the lump of Lodestone in that its strength could be varied at will and a significant size reduction was made possible. This new configuration of equipment led to the development of a host of new technologies that have since inundated our entire way of life. Electronics and its related fields allow faster coordinated transportation, communication across great distances, information distribution on a global level and beyond, enhanced food storage facilities, and improved medical technologies.

In both solid magnets and electromagnets, lines of electromagnetic force flow from one pole to the other. These magnets are known as dipole magnets, having both a South and North pole. Another form of magnet has been described in the mathematics of modern physics, which has only one magnetic pole without the opposing type. This type of magnet is referred to as a monopole and is interesting beyond the mere oddity of being a single-polar magnet in that it is projected to affect the fundamental ‘shape’ of space near the monopole. This distortion of the surrounding metric is projected to have a number of applications, opening the possibility for new sciences that could be as broad in application as the related fields of electronics.

Magnetic monopoles have not yet been observed in nature. The mathematics suggests that they are created only under exceptionally exotic (unusual) conditions and will be exceptionally massy, thus difficult to manipulate should we discover them. Since we have been unable to find the monopolar equivalent of a Lodestone thus far in nature, a ‘virtual magnetic monopole’ must first be created in order that the exploration of its properties might commence. If the promise of this concept can be realized, it should provide a wealth of innovations, many of which would border on the realms of current fictional stories much in the way that modern technology has fulfilled the dreams of past fictions.

Among the possible applications which may arise from this development are innovative communication technologies, energy production and storage systems, more efficient coupling between electrical energy and kinetic energy for propulsion, exotic materials fabrication, innovative medical procedures and techniques, potential military applications, and innumerable entertainment and educational functions impossible to realize with current technologies.

It may prove possible to create the necessary conditions within a specific apparatus to generate a virtual monopole using current technology, much as it once became possible to use an electrical current flowing through a loop of wire to create a magnet where there was none before. This document is intended as general overview of the proposed apparatus and its possible applications, though certainly many new innovations would result that we have not yet even recognized the need for or application of yet. Only experiment and testing will verify if this innovation is possible at our current level of technological development, to discover if we can leave the ‘Lodestone’ behind and move onwards.


The apparatus necessary to create a magnetic monopole-like region is simple in form, though somewhat complex in final execution. In essence, it is a hollow sphere of superconductive material pierced at geometrically spaced locations by cores extending from external electromagnetic coils. Once the material of the sphere has been dropped to its superconductive state, fields applied by the electromagnets will create a radially aligned area within the hollow cavity of the sphere. Due to the superconductive nature of the sphere’s material, the field lines within the cores should be pinned so as to prevent quenching (spontaneous loss of superconductive qualities), producing a single-polar region within the cavity which is the desired virtual monopole.

Representation of uniform field strength variation.

Figure 1: Modulation through uniform variation in field strength.

Representation of sequenced field strength variation.

Figure 2: Modulation through sequenced variation in field strength.

Increasing field strength should produce a corresponding increase of the conditions within this region, while varying the strength of the electromagnets in sequence will allow oscillations and repetitive pulsations within the test zone which may produce measurable waves useful for other purposes. (See Figures 1 & 2) Additional manipulation of the cavity’s state may be accomplished by applying an electrostatic charge to the device’s structural elements.

Representation of polarization by field orientation.

Figure 3: Polarization of monopole by field orientation.

If the field intensity can be brought to a significant enough level while maintaining the structural integrity of the testing design, it may be possible to produce a detectably-exotic region of space affected by the polarity of the electromagnets and the sequencing of their field strength. Paired positive and inverse monopolar regions bracketing a third volume may provide effects useful for other purposes as well.

Representations of uniform field production geometries.

Figure 4: Representative geometric configurations.

Various geometric configurations may affect conditions within the test volume. Pyramidal, cubic, and other basic forms offer several options for testing purposes.

In order to properly ‘pin’ the lines of magnetic force, the superconductive material used in the production of the spheres would optimally be radial in crystalline configuration, to produce a near-uniform effect within the central region. Flaws in this crystalline structure could reduce or eliminate the desired decoupling between internal and external regions. Additional concentric shells of electromagnets and superconductive material could be used to enhance the intensity of this decoupling by pairing opposing poles in these shells to gain a greater magnetic differential between the cavity and external regions.


If this apparatus, produces a measurable modification of the test region within, then the distortion may be used in the experimental investigation of possible further technological outgrowths. The specific applications of this may only be guessed at until experimental data becomes available, though the implications are very exciting and potentially very broad in scope.

Dispensing with the heavy mass of magnetically active stone in favor of a virtual magnetic form has given the world a plethora of technologies so varied they are now present in almost every portion of what we define as ‘modern’ life. Perhaps the developments that arise from other such creations will prove as varied and as useful in the years to come.

A virtual monopole must first be created in order to test its properties. The technology to create such an apparatus now exists. Perhaps it is time to see what new sciences lie just around the corner.