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Mu-metal is a nickel-iron alloy (77% nickel, 15% iron, plus copper and molybdenum) that is very efficient for screening magnetic fields. It is used to shield vacuum chambers for experiments with low-energy electrons.

The name of the material refers to the Greek letter μ, which is the symbol for magnetic permeability. Mu-metal has a high value of μ.

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