Ian Charnas

Superconducting Levitator

Superconducting Levitator floating around track
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Oh my god it floats

Watch this video to see the science demonstration I orchestrated when Adam Savage from Mythbusters visited the makerspace I helped start. 

In this demonstration of quantum levitation, we cooled a YCBO superconductor with liquid Nitrogen before hiding it inside a Millennium Falcon model and sending it flying around a magnetic track, leaving a wake of blue energy fields behind it. 

Video of Adam Savage's Visit

My role in all of this

When I heard Adam Savage was going to visit, I knew we had to do something special. I also knew it might be my only opportunity to use the phrase “quantum levitation” in a project. The next step seemed fairly obvious.

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