A variety of Levitrons: a review

Max Michaelis, Bob Bingham, Mike Charlton, C Aled Isaac

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Abstract

After a brief history and critique of some older instruments, several new Levitron geometries are described. As a result of their greater stability these devices can be used as analogues of a number of phenomena and applications, including magnetic resonance techniques, atom traps and accelerator rings. In particular, the notion of the spinning magnet (or spignet) in a linear trap is similar to the mechanism underpinning the confinement of antihydrogen in a magnetic minimum trap, as achieved in experiments at CERN.

Original languageEnglish
Article number015001
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Physics
Volume42
Issue number1
Early online date12 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • antihydrogen
  • magnetic levitation
  • magnetic resonance
  • magnetic trapping

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