Saturday, June 30, 2012
Quantum field locking results in levitating cold thingy
Flux pinning is the phenomenon that magnetic flux lines do not move (become trapped, or "pinned") in spite of the Lorentz force acting on them inside a current-carrying Type II superconductor. The phenomenon cannot occur in Type I superconductors, since these cannot be penetrated by magnetic fields (Meissner–Ochsenfeld effect). Flux pinning is only possible when there are defects in the crystalline structure of the superconductor (usually resulting from grain boundaries or impurities). The natural magnetic waves that bend around and pin the superconductor in mid space also break into millions of ultra-thin lines and each one carries a flux quantum caused from the superconductor being so sensitive to magnetic waves.
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