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Quantum levitation demonstrated in viral video

By Shawn Knight
Oct 18, 2011
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  1. chaboi390

    chaboi390 TS Rookie Posts: 83

    Very nice, but not possible in commercial use at this point in time, think about the energy requirement to just to cool the superconductor below its critical temperature...

    The only use of this type of levitation are the MAGLEV's in China and Japan
     
  2. This aint new tech... its using the meissner effect and has been around for along time....
     
  3. Amazing super amazing astounding but what can we do with it? any practical ideas, and is it possible for anybody to make one maybe at home or something?
     
  4. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 4,377   +127

    A somewhat big event, but is it newsworthy? As some people have pointed out, it's not at all new. I've seen it demonstrated in person myself.
    Oh well, pretty cool anyway.
     
  5. Today is hard to be impress by technology. But I'm impress.
     
  6. Back to the Future hover board..
     
  7. yea literally
     
  8. This is why we need Israel...THEY'RE SMART
     
  9. This is NOTHING NEW!!!
     
  10. Was that jeff goldblum?
     
  11. Rats - the secret of my surfboard is out!
    Only I don't need roads lined with magnets - I can do it along the planet's flux lines...

    (Signed: The Silver Surfer)
     
     
  12. it isnt being levitated, its being locked, hence the reason he can set it at angles and upside down
     
  13. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,078   +76

    Oh really? Which part? There was a time when people said the same thing about man walking on the Moon.

    You will note that I said it was "close". I didn't say we were there yet. :D

    There may come a time in the near future when someone takes these principles, and refines them to the point where supercooling is no longer required to stabilize the magnetic field. It could happen.
     
  14. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Guru Posts: 802   +87

    This could make travel infinitely more energy efficient
     
  15. Ahem - not "Quantum Levitation" at all. It's just a Super conductor. You cool them to their correct temperature (think just a few degrees above absolute 0), and magnetic lines wrap around them, instead of interacting with them - hence they "Levitate", or in this case, are supported by a structure of magnetic field lines.
    This is nothing new - I did this in my Intro to Nano tech class just the other week, and I go WIT. When they figure out how to make a superconductor that operates at room temp, let me know.
     
  16. and i thought back to the future was far off when they had hover/levitation technology in 2015. its finally becoming a reality
     
  17. Are you guys for real? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meissner_effect
     
  18. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,708   +62

    its like the object is in space but must stay on the track, epic
     


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