Quantum Levitation Demonstration at North Museum

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The North Museum of Natural History & Science in Lancaster, PA previews its newest attraction: a quantum levitator. It's a circular track of magnets above which a razor-thin disc magically levitates, seeming to defy the laws of physics.

Purchased for about $7,000 from Tel-Aviv University, the levitator is believed to be the only one of its kind in a United States museum.

The key to the levitator is the disc, which is made of superconducting material sandwiched between layers of gold and sapphire crystal. A piece of foam is placed on top and held in place with household plastic wrap. The disc is then dipped into a brew of liquid nitrogen (temperature: minus-300 degrees Fahrenheit).


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I was like "sweet we are so much closer to a jet pack or hover board... " then I saw him freeze it in liquid nitrogen and I was like "Ummmm no....  I choose life"

Author — Ttreblerebel

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How odd, relying on heat for so much energy, when what we need to keep this going is cold? Very cool

Author — Dejonje

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This is magical. Reality is life's biggest illusion. 

Author — Dimitri Perdios

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will be a very cold train or car .... lol

Author — Oxley Pilot

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This is old news. Marty McFly had a skateboard made out of this.

Author — Louis Cipher

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U CAN GLUE IT TO A BOARD AND CREATE A HOVERBOARD

Author — Michael Addison jr

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This works ((Meissner effect) without the sapphire disk or the gold plating ...what was their relevance ?

Author — mick mccrohon

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now zero point energy field manipulator please

Author — Jessica Winterbottom

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"Dr." ZsirArt "1" :)

Author — Zsirart Árpád József Stumpf

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Wouldn't it have been smarter to put your hand with the glove under the disc? If it did fall, that would have burned your hand, lol.

Author — jphoward3

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Anyone know where I can find a list of the supplies and a tutorial? I really want to do this!

Author — Salad

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"Gold as a protecting layer" Gold is a conductive diamagnetic, i doubt they threw that on their for protection. It helps with stability.

Author — Michael Pierce

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its blowing my young mind!!:o omg!!! XD

Author — killerkem

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Sure! I love the concept of one step forward two steps back!

/sarcasm

Author — Ultimaniac

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God this is too awesome! Wish I could mess with those experiments. Love science!

Author — badcobra68

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This is awesome, and i call this interesting!

Author — th3who777

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Wow, I live 2 minutes from this Museum, great place. I used to go there when I was little.

Author — The Game Dude

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Now i can finally build the ghost from halo series :D

Author — Pauli

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@sprays4
Yes, it says so in the vid. It's so the ''superconductor'' can actually functions as a superconductor.

Author — Sander

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"Yeah, the gold is just a protective material." some expensive protection at that

Author — NedAndTedProductions