MOSEM² Möbius Maglev Train on Spanish TV show El Hormiguero 3.0, Antena 3

Will Smith is impressed by the Möbius Maglev on El Hormiguero

Will Smith goes “Wow!” when our superconducting train flies around the Möbius-shaped magnetic track which has only one side – facing both up and down and sideways…
El Hormiguero 3.0

Wednesday 23 May 2012 the Möbius Maglev Train was featured on the TV show El Hormiguero 3.0 on Spanish channel Antena 3.

Actor Will Smith was very impressed, as you can see yourself in this video of Will Smith’s experience with superconductivity.

 

Will Smith is curious about the Möbius Maglev on El Hormiguero

Will Smith is curious about the Möbius Maglev on El Hormiguero

Will Smith also witnessed how a superstrong magnet placed above a superconductor in a dish filled with liquid nitrogen in order to cool down the superconductor would levitate above using the phenomenon of flux pinning (gripping or locking in the magnetic field). The equipment shown in the video was provided by University Paris Diderot, which also developed the MagSurf shown at the end of the video clip. The MagSurf was launched on 13 October 2011, the same day we presented our Möbius Maglev at Palais de la Dècouverte.

Vegard Stornes Farstad, Scientific Director of Simplicatus Research and Development, presents the Möbius track for superconducting maglev trains. Photo © C. Rousselin, Palais de la Dècouverte

Vegard Stornes Farstad, Scientific Director of Simplicatus Research and Development, presents the Möbius track for superconducting maglev trains. Photo © C. Rousselin, Palais de la Dècouverte

Both the MagSurf and our Maglev train on the Möbius Track work with the same principle of physics, so-called flux pinning (also called quantum locking). No other superconducting or conventional maglev trains can fly upside down or sideways. The flux pinning effect is the reason why the MagSurf is stable on the track and the Möbius Maglev Train can run upside down or even sideways, like a roller coaster.

Will Smith watches as the Möbius Maglev train runs upside down on El Hormiguero

Will Smith watches as the Möbius Maglev train runs upside down on El Hormiguero

In principle the MagSurf could also do that, but the rider would need a seat belt in that case…

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The article was written on 2012-05-23, in the category Events, News.

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