Division geomagnetic observations and instruments


For pratical use and scientific research, Belgium must know the value of continuous variations and the geomagnetic field.This is one case for magnetic declination: it is used to find the direction of north with the compass. This is done using the Magnetic Observatories of Dourbes and Manhay. A complete measure of geomagnetic vector is recorded every minute.


Division Environmental Magnetism


New projects

2014 - 2018: COST action TD1402  "Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Magnetic Hyperthermia and Indirect Radiation Therapy (RADIOMAG)" Project website:

2014 - 2017: "Archaeomagnetic Network for the Rescue of Cultural Heritage in Northern Africa (RAPSCA)" supported by BELSPO


Palaeo- and Archaeomagnetism is the study of geomagnetic field variations during geological and archaeological periods, respectively. Rocks, sediments and baked material acquire a magnetisation during their formation or during cooling from high temperatures. This magnetisation lasts over millions of years (remanent magnetisation) and is aligned parallel to the ambient magnetic field at the time of acquisition.


Cosmic Rays

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