5G30.50 - Diamagnetic Graphite

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Diamagnetic Graphite
Magnetic Orientations
Area of Study:
Electricity & Magnetism
Diamagnetic Levitation Apparatus.

Diamagnetic levitation between two graphite plates can be shown with the levitation apparatus. Adjust the magnets at the top until the magnet floats between the two graphite plates.

  • Chris Conery, L. F. Goodrich, T. C. Stauffer,  "More Diamagnetism Demonstrations",  TPT, Vol. 41, # 2, p.  74,  Feb. 2003.
  • Charles A. Sawicki, "Small Inexpensive Diamagnetic Levitation Apparatus", TPT, Vol. 39, # 9, p. 556, Dec. 2001. 
  • M. D. Simon, L. O. Heflinger, A. K. Geim, "Diamagnetically Stabilized Magnet Levitation", AJP, Vol. 69, # 6, p. 702, June 2001.
  • R. I. Joseph, "Comments on "Diamagnetically Stabilized Magnetic Levitation" by M. D. Simon, L. O. Heflinger, and A. K. Geim", AJP, Vol. 70, # 2, p. 188, Feb. 2002.  
  • Diamagnetic Levitation Apparatus,  Educational Innovations, Inc.
  • Simon Quellen Field, "A Levitating Magnet", Gonzo Gizmos, p. 17 - 24.

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