Friday, January 31, 2014

Coolest Superconductor Demo Ever!

Today's post is a link to the coolest demonstration of supercondutor levitation I've ever seen.  Demonstrations of superconductors usually levitate a small magnet over a superconductor.  Here they've levitated a fairly large superconductor over a magnet.  They also demonstrate how the superconductor isn't just levitated above the magnet but is actually "locked in space" relative to the magnet, such that you can tilt the magnet and the superconductor tilts with the magnet.  To top things off, they construct a track from a series of magnets and show how the superconductor will smoothly follow the track when pushed.  Very cool!

This all takes place at Tel-Aviv University, Israel.

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