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Superconducting Quantum Levitation on a 3π Möbius Strip

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Quantum levitation on a 3π Möbius strip track! Watch the superconductor levitate above the track and suspend below the track, without having to go across the edge.

image/text credit: Ithaca College Physics

Our track is not an “ordinary” Möbius strip with just one twist, but rather a Möbius strip with three twists — 540 degrees, or 3π radians, thus, a 3π Möbius strip track.

That means it levitates when it’s above the track and suspends itself when below the track, and appears to travel on both sides because there’s really only one side to a Möbius strip.

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The students at Ithaca College added three twists to their track, creating a 3π Möbius strip which they then covered with 1,000 magnets so that a liquid nitrogen-cooled superconductor was able to levitate both above and beneath it as it raced in circles.If this is what the Hyperloop would look like one day, potential investors would be lined up around the block.

VIAIthaca College Physics
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