Demonstration of Quantum Levitation [Video]

Freakin’ magnets, how do they work?

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13 Responses to Demonstration of Quantum Levitation [Video]

  1. I'm more interested by two things – how did it stay cold enough, long enough?
    How on earth was he able to handle something that cold with his bare hands?!?!?!

    • A combination of thermal conductivity and the Leidenfrost effect
      Since they are only touching it quickly, little heat is transferred. Kind of like holding a piece of dry ice in a dry hand.
      And then the Leidenfrost effect. Like it you have a very hot skillet and you put a drop of water on it, it will dance around instead of boiling. Since his hand is so much hotter, there is an insulation barrier of vapor. Nurdrage momentarily stuck his hand in liquid nitrogen to demonstrate: