7A70.25 - Quantum Levitation and Flux Pinning

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Quantum Levitation and Flux Pinning
Superconductivity, Flux Pinning
Area of Study:
Modern Physics
Flux Pinning Superconductors, Liquid Nitrogen, Dewar, and Neodymium Magnets.

See also 5G50.50 in Electricity and Magnetism.

Cool the superconductor and press it into the magnet.  The superconductor should be pinned at that location until it warms up.

You can also place the superconductor onto the magnets and then cool it to Liquid Nitrogen temperature.  The superconductor may rise up off the magnets when it becomes cool, but if it does not you can pick it up and show that it is pinned to the magnet configuration it experienced when it was cooled.

Large Eddy currents in silver may also be observed.  Cool the coins in liquid nitrogen and then gently drop them onto the the magnet array as shown in the video below.  Note that the large silver dollar coins work best for this demonstration.

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