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Amazing Quantum Levitation Technology Could Open the Door to Floating Vehicles!

Posted By Molly Cotter On October 22, 2011 @ 1:04 am In green technology,Green Transportation,News | 11 Comments

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Levitation isn’t just for Houdini anymore. A team of researchers at Tel-Aviv University has discovered a way to make objects float in mid-air using a process called quantum levitation, and they think the tech could even lead to floating alternatives to traditional gas powered vehicles. Their demonstration, which involves using a single sapphire wafer (yes sapphire as in Princess Kate’s ring) coated with a thin later of a material called yttrium barium copper oxide [1] recently wowed the crowds at the recent Association of Science-Technoloy Centers (ASTC) [2] Annual Conference. The liquid nitrogen used to freeze the disc even gives off a cool mist that makes the experiment look all the more exciting.



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The finding was based on the relationship between superconductors [4] and magnets, which hate each other and repel instantly. Since the particular superconductor they used was extremely thin, magnetic waves penetrate the sapphire through weak spots called flux tubes [5]. The tubes are locked inside in the superconductor, allowing it to float, rotate, and even move around in mid-air.

While this sort of technology is in its beginning stages, people are already thinking of how to apply it. Could floating cars finally be in our near future?

+ Quantum Levitation [6]

+ ASTC [2]

Via dvice [7]

images via Quantum Levitation


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[2] Association of Science-Technoloy Centers (ASTC): http://astc.org/

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[4] superconductors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superconductivity

[5] flux tubes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flux_tube

[6] + Quantum Levitation: http://www.quantumlevitation.com/levitation/Quantum_Levitation.html

[7] dvice: http://dvice.com/archives/2011/10/quantum-levitat.php

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