Detecting Electrical Magnetic Fields

Detecting Electrical Magnetic Fields


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When you think about paranormal equipment it is unlikely you will be looking at tools used in the building trade.  However, when it comes to detecting real paranormal activity you need to try and find the source of the activity and then try to debunk it especially when it comes to Electromagnetic Fields or EMF as it is more commonly known.

EMF meters can be very unreliable as confirmation of ghostly activity especially indoors and therefore a three in one stud meter is a useful piece of kit. Most Indoor locations have hidden wiring under the stairways or in the walls or even white goods that give off EMF fields.

In simple terms the purpose of taking a stud meter with you on indoor investigation is to debunk your EMF meter which is telling you there is a high level of EMF activity and to help you identify where that EMF field is coming from rather than just presuming it must be a ghost.

You can then undertake a stud meter test to identify hidden wiring in the building and following this make a note where these EMF fields are on your pre investigation tests and report as this will help in your final analysis and reports.

It is worth noting that mobile phones are a huge bug bear along with wi-fi and need to be turned off before any investigation and always remember the more items you use on investigation that require electric power the more EMF fields you are creating around you. The best tool for investigation is yourself.


Pictured above; An EMF Meter  

In day-to-day use, electromagnetic field (EMF) meters are used to diagnose problems with electrical wiring and power lines and to get readings on working appliances.

On television, professional ghost hunters frequently use EMF meters in their toolkits, but why is this? Let’s take a look at what EMF meters measure, survey the different types of meters, and find out how EMF meters became front line instruments for paranormal exploration.


What do EMF meters measure?
EMF meters detect fields emitted by moving electrically charged objects. Electromagnetic field theory lies at the combination of an electric field, produced by a charged object, and the magnetic field created when the charged object moves. Scientists previously separated electric fields from magnetic fields, but a combination of the two fields models reality better.

Electromagnetic fields are created using alternating current and direct current, but with different results. EMF meters measure fields produced by alternating current – the type of electricity surging through your microwaves and television. This current moves back and forth fifty to sixty times a second. Direct current fields are stationary, like the earth’s magnetic field, and cannot be measured by most EMF meters (but that’s okay, as it would essentially be background signal).

Day-to-day, EMF meters are used for diagnosis of problems with electrical wiring, power lines, and electrical shielding effectiveness, but professional ghost hunters swear by the inclusion of an EMF meter in their toolkits.

EMF meters come in two flavours: single axis and tri-axis. A single axis meter measures the EMF in one direction, and you must turn the meter to acquire proper data about an electromagnetic field. Most EMF meters available for sale are single axis meters, as they are considerably cheaper and offer user friendly bells and whistles like digital readings and LED lights.


Is there correlation between electromagnetic fields & ghosts?
Ghost hunters use the meters to look for spikes in the EMF signal, with the spikes suggesting a change in electrical current, and thus a spirit being.

The association between EMF meters and ghosts is frequently made, but there is no firm evidence connecting the two. Researchers show that high electromagnetic field strength often correlates with personal experiences of hauntings, but that is a measurement of the observer and not a ghostly subject.

Professor Johnjoe McFadden from the School of Biomedical and Life Sciences at the University of Surrey proposes that the conscious mind consists of an electromagnetic field, a field that does not disintegrate when we die. The firing of electrical impulses along nerves in the brain is sort of like an alternating current system as well, but with a lot more directions and cascade effects.

You must personally connect electromagnetic fields to apparitions.

Most Likely “ghost Hunters” turned to EMF Meters as the Instruments yield tangible data and data collection lends credibility to an activity that lends itself top the world of pseudoscience.

EMF fields are present in the world around us, and if you subscribe to the assumption that ghosts contain some electrical residue, EMF meters would be a good way to detect their presence. As of now, no evidence connects the use of EMF meters for ghost detection, but if you are running around looking for ghosts, concrete evidence is probably not a necessity, but it helps.

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