MOSEM² Möbius Maglev Train at Science Picnic in Warsaw

15th Warsaw Science Picnic

On Saturday 28 May 2011 the Möbius maglev train track was displayed all day at the 15th annual Science Picnic in Warsaw. Due to bad weather there were fewer visitors than in previous years, but we still had several hundred visit our stand throughout the day. See our video from the Science Picnic on YouTube!

Superconducting maglev train flying around Möbius-shaped track at Warsaw Science Picnic while Vegard Stornes Farstad from SRD presents superconducting flux pinning levitation, the mechanism behind the flying train. Photo courtesy of SRD.

Superconducting maglev train flying around Möbius-shaped track at Warsaw Science Picnic. In the background Vegard Stornes Farstad from SRD presents superconducting flux pinning levitation, the mechanism behind the flying train. Photo courtesy of SRD.

They could see not only the levitating train, but also Meissner and flux pinning levitation of superconducting pellets. We also demonstrated a few simple but thought-provoking experiments using normal (but superstrong) magnets showing how regular magnetism differs from the magnetic properties of superconductors.

The Warsaw Science Picnic is is one of the largest outdoor science fairs in Europe, this year with more than 200 exhibits in physics, chemistry, biology, robotics and other sciences. We look forward to meet you again next year!

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The article was written on 2011-08-26, in the category Events.

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