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Quantum levitating (locking) video goes viral
http://www.physorg.com ^ | 18 October 2011 | Bob Yirka

Posted on 10/19/2011 7:01:34 AM PDT by Red Badger

A video created by researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel has the Internet buzzing. Though rather simple, it just looks really cool, hence all the attention. It’s a demonstration of quantum locking, though to non-science buffs, it looks more like science fiction come to life. In the video a disc, obviously frozen due to the vapor rising from its surface hovers over a surface.

This is nothing new of course, everyone’s seen it in science class. What is new is that when the demonstrator turns the disc, it stays hovered at that angle. This is in contrast to the wobbling we’re used to in such demonstrations. Next, the disc is set over a different surface where it is made to spin. But that’s only the beginning. The disc is then set on a track where it zips around in midair. And again, it can be made to do so at whatever angle is desired. Then, the track is turned upside down and the disc hovers below it, again zipping around.

Most of the web sites out there seem stumped as to how these guys pulled off this little trick. Fortunately, the researchers explain it in detail. And even more fortunately, it’s not that hard to understand.

First a thin sapphire wafer is created. It is then coated with a very thin ceramic layer of yttrium barium copper oxide which becomes a superconductor (materials that conduct electricity with no loss of energy) at very cold temperatures. The result is a frozen disc. When it is placed over a magnet, the superconductor material and magnet repel one another due to the Meissner effect (the expulsion of the magnetic field from a material when it goes into a superconducting state). But, because the layer of superconducting material is so thin, some of the magnetic force is allowed through at certain particularly weak points. These paths through are called flux tubes, and they are the real secret to the whole trick. Because there are many of them they cause a three dimensional holding or locking effect, which is what viewers see when watching the video.

Upon viewing the video, a lot of commentators refer to the scene in Back to the Future 2 when Mary McFly rides a hoverboard for a few minutes. Unfortunately, the science demonstrated in this latest video holds no hope for that; not unless someone figures out how to keep such boards frozen indefinitely (and embeds magnets everywhere) or better yet, figures out a way to make a superconductor that works at room temperature.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Israel; Technical
KEYWORDS: levitation; physics; quantum; science; stringtheory

Can a Jestsons Flying Car be far behind?..........

1 posted on 10/19/2011 7:01:37 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Video at link:

http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-10-quantum-levitating-video-viral.html


2 posted on 10/19/2011 7:02:23 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: ShadowAce

Ping!...


3 posted on 10/19/2011 7:09:11 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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4 posted on 10/19/2011 7:11:05 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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5 posted on 10/19/2011 7:11:55 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: Red Badger

Gonna make for some cool roller coasters somewhere down the line.


6 posted on 10/19/2011 7:13:39 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: Red Badger

Only if it runs on batteries and is made by union labor.


7 posted on 10/19/2011 7:20:59 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Red Badger

Thats some crazy sh*t right there. What is causing it to rotate as it goes around the track. That is, it does not stay “locked” in space. I gues it remains locked in regards to the magnetic field.


8 posted on 10/19/2011 7:23:08 AM PDT by Paradox (The rich SHOULD be paying more taxes, and they WOULD, if they could make more money.)
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To: Red Badger
or better yet, figures out a way to make a superconductor that works at room temperature.

Now that is the key isn't it. a superconductor that can work at any temperature. Now that would make a man or a country very rich, very popular, and very safe.

9 posted on 10/19/2011 7:29:58 AM PDT by JakeS (If occupy wallstreet had any brain or honesty they would be in front of the <s>w</s>shitehouse)
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To: JakeS

Until the Chinese stole it.............


10 posted on 10/19/2011 7:44:34 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Red Badger

The current thinking is that magnetic lines of force are carried by virtual particles: real particles that pop into then out of our universe so fast they can not be detected other than for their effects. A recent experiment found that it’s possible to tease new particles out of empty space.


11 posted on 10/19/2011 7:45:36 AM PDT by Reeses (Have you mocked a Democrat today?)
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To: Red Badger

Freaking magnets...how do they work?!


12 posted on 10/19/2011 7:48:23 AM PDT by assi9 (magnets)
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To: Red Badger

Truly incredible. Thanks!


13 posted on 10/19/2011 7:50:18 AM PDT by Graewoulf ( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.)
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To: assi9

Gravity, how does it work?

And where are the monopoles?


14 posted on 10/19/2011 7:53:00 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Reeses

Would those be Tea-se Parti-cles?................


15 posted on 10/19/2011 7:59:34 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: MrB

MonoPoland...........


16 posted on 10/19/2011 8:00:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Red Badger

How do you tell if a girl is ticklish?


17 posted on 10/19/2011 8:01:28 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Graewoulf

The ‘Upside Down’ part is REALLY FREAKY.......


18 posted on 10/19/2011 8:01:58 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: MrB

I give up........how?.....


19 posted on 10/19/2011 8:06:07 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Red Badger

test-tickles, of course.


20 posted on 10/19/2011 8:08:16 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

I wouldn’t try that in San Fransisco.......


21 posted on 10/19/2011 8:09:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: Red Badger

Need a controllable anti-gravity or gravity shield that is tunable.

For that you would need matter with negative mass, good luck with that.


22 posted on 10/19/2011 8:21:39 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Roccus
Gonna make for some cool roller coasters somewhere down the line.

Literally. (cue rimshot)

23 posted on 10/19/2011 8:44:45 AM PDT by Vroomfondel
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To: Red Badger; ShadowAce
These paths through are called flux tubes...

Ahhh, it's back to the future - - a first step toward theflux capacitor...

:)

24 posted on 10/19/2011 12:36:00 PM PDT by GOPJ (OWS - a scam to shift blame for unemployment and misery away from Obama and dems..)
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To: GOPJ

It seems to me that a ‘Flux Capacitor’ would make time stand still..................


25 posted on 10/19/2011 12:47:10 PM PDT by Red Badger (Furthermore, I think Obama must be impeached....................)
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To: GraceG

Negative temporal flow would work, too.


26 posted on 10/19/2011 12:54:09 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: Red Badger
Funny thing, most people think that what the anti-Christ is after from Israel is some kind of food or plant, but I don't, I think it is some kind of scientific breakthrough(s) that will revolutionize.

A super conductor that works in all temperature ranges from say 50 below to 120 above, would fit that bill.

27 posted on 10/19/2011 2:13:51 PM PDT by JakeS (If occupy wallstreet had any brain or honesty they would be in front of the <s>w</s>shitehouse)
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Thanks Red Badger.


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28 posted on 10/19/2011 2:18:02 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: MHGinTN

[ Negative temporal flow would work, too. ]

Have you see the prices on Cronoton Regulators and don;t get me started if you want one with a phase discriminator of .014 mico-teledynes.

Of course if you inverse the polarity of the neutron flow you get pretty much the same effect out of a much cheaper Yoyodyne Heisenburg compensator.


29 posted on 10/19/2011 3:00:03 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: JakeS

[ Funny thing, most people think that what the anti-Christ is after from Israel is some kind of food or plant, but I don’t, I think it is some kind of scientific breakthrough(s) that will revolutionize. ]

If you read the words of Paul Elrich the worst thing to give humanity in their opinion is empowering technology.

Paul Elrich spews a lot of stuff that is most certainly evil or will result in evil towards humanity.

He is cut from the same cloth that would want humanity to stay on this rock till the sun explodes because they view Humanity as a “plague” on the cosmos.

[tinfoil happy time]
From the stuff people like this spew it almost makes one think that there ARE aliens here and they are influencing or controlling people like Elrich to keep humanity on the planet so they can dominate the space in our neighborhood.

And if not aliens, maybe demons of a sort.
[tinfoil happy time]


30 posted on 10/19/2011 3:04:52 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

My Tardus is newer than that.


31 posted on 10/19/2011 3:19:59 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN

[ My Tardus is newer than that. ]

Time and Relative Dimensions UNDER Space....

Mine stays “IN” Space!

My Good ol’ trusty Type 39 TARDIS.


32 posted on 10/19/2011 3:28:44 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

There, you see, if you had just waited an extra millenia or two, you too could be riding a TARDUS instead of those older model TARDIS cans.


33 posted on 10/19/2011 3:31:46 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: MHGinTN
[ There, you see, if you had just waited an extra millenia or two, you too could be riding a TARDUS instead of those older model TARDIS cans. ]

Or a Taurus...


34 posted on 10/19/2011 3:50:35 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Red Badger

I am a Scientist, and I rejoice at something like this that is opposite to what I have learned. LOVE IT!

Thanks so much for posting this great thread!


36 posted on 10/19/2011 6:47:15 PM PDT by Graewoulf ( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.)
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To: GraceG
And if not aliens, maybe demons of a sort.

There are, without a doubt, demons.

Look at the leadership in the White house, the muslim faith, the democrat party...

37 posted on 10/21/2011 1:58:04 PM PDT by JakeS (If occupy wallstreet had any brain or honesty they would be in front of the <s>w</s>shitehouse)
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