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Flux trapping effect.

  1. Nov 14, 2012 #1
    Magnetic suspension and levitation is the caused by the flux trapping effect in superconductors.How does this flux get "trapped"?

    Another quick question-
    We link a magnet to a superconductor by bringing it very close to one ,until both of them start attracting and repelling. My question is, if the magnetic field strength of this magnet is greater than the critical field of the superconductor,the superconductor will lose its properties and become normal, instead of demonstrating magnetic levitation and suspension ,right ?
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  4. Nov 15, 2012 #3


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    No, magnetic suspension/leviation is caused by the Meissner effect. Flux trapping is what makes magnets levitating over type II superconductors stable, if it wasn't for the trapped flux the magnet would fall off or slide to the side (it is possible to do this without trapped flux, even in type I systems, but it is very tricky to find a stable configuration).

    The flux lines are trapped around impurties, gain boundaries etc. The math is quite complicated, but can be found in standard textbooks (see e.g. Tinkham)

    Yes, if the field is larger than the critical field the superconductor will just turn into a normal metal (or whatever the normal state is for that material).
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