A variety of Levitrons: a review

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

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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
Issue number1
Early online date12 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2021


  • antihydrogen
  • magnetic levitation
  • magnetic resonance
  • magnetic trapping


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