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The application of a low-frequency oscillating magnetic field perpendicular to a magnetic fluid thin film leads to the separation of a phase that is concentrated in particles from a dilute phase. The concentrated phase forms cylindrical columns that construct two-dimensional lattices. The ordered structure of magnetic fluid thin films is the basis for potential optical applications. We investigate the dynamical ordering formation of columnar lattices in magnetic fluid thin films subjected to oscillating perpendicular magnetic fields. © 2004 American Institute of Physics.