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Levitating lightbulb

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HC Gilje sent me a link to a beautiful, self powered, levitating light bulb installation by Jeff Lieberman (2007). Read more about this work at


Written by ajsteggell

June 20, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Real Levitation

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There are 3 basic schemes for using electromagnetic fields/diamagnetic for real levitation (no energy input is required and the levitation can last forever):

  • Superconducting levitation
  • Diamagnetic levitation
  • Diamagnetically stabilized levitation

These are explained at the educational pages of the High Field Magnetic Laboratory, Holland.
Favourite example: the levitating frog

Written by ajsteggell

May 4, 2007 at 11:32 pm