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Título Superconducting pipes and levitating magnets
Autor Levin, Yan
Rizzato, Felipe Barbedo
Abstract Motivated by a beautiful demonstration of the Faraday and the Lenz laws in which a small neodymium magnet falls slowly through a conducting nonferromagnetic tube, we consider the dynamics of a magnet falling coaxially through a superconducting pipe. Unlike the case of normal conducting pipes, in which the magnet quickly reaches the terminal velocity, inside a superconducting tube the magnet falls freely. On the other hand, to enter the pipe the magnet must overcome a large electromagnetic energy barrier. For sufficiently strong magnets, the barrier is so large that the magnet will not be able to penetrate it and will be levitated over the mouth of the pipe. We calculate the work that must done to force the magnet to enter a superconducting tube. The calculations show that superconducting pipes are very efficient at screening magnetic fields. For example, the magnetic field of a dipole at the center of a short pipe of radius a and length L≥a decays, in the axial direction, with a characteristic length ε≈0.26a. The efficient screening of the magnetic field might be useful for shielding highly sensitive superconducting quantum interference devices. Finally, the motion of the magnet through a superconducting pipe is compared and contrasted to the flow of ions through a trans-membrane channel.
Contido em Physical review. E, Statistical, nonlinear, and soft matter physics. Vol. 74, no. 6 (Dec. 2006), 066605, 7 p.
Assunto Magnetismo
Tubos supercondutores
Origem Estrangeiro
Tipo Artigo de periódico
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10183/101625
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