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Unless there's something big that I don't know, a dipole magnet is just a magnet with two poles, i.e. the field lines emerge at one end and come back at the other end. It has nothing specifically to do with particle accelerators, cathode ray tubes or any other application. --Smack (talk) 03:00, 18 October 2005 (UTC)
Absolutely a dipole magnet is a bending or steering magnet specifically used on the beamline for particle beams in particle accelerators, they are numerously found in a particle accelerators. See pictures of dipole magnets on this article. Not to mention Quadrupole magnets; Octapoles, and Sextapoles yet to have an article on, but its coming as I just got pics. Hope that helps Scott 10:48, 18 October 2005 (UTC)
Yes, dipole magnet kind of means what you say, Smack. But the term is actually rather closely associated with its applications. What you describe might be better discussed on a page on magnetic dipole moment or something like that. That being said, probably a more general bit in the intro wouldn't hurt. -- SCZenz 14:39, 18 October 2005 (UTC)
User Smack is correct. A dipole magnet is simply a magnet that is a dipole. One use for dipole magnets is in particle accelerators, but that is by no means the only, or even the most common, use. Geoffrey.landis (talk) 15:54, 16 April 2014 (UTC)