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Mass of a permanent magnet levitating a superconductor?

  1. May 12, 2013 #1
    If you were to levitate a superconductor using a permanent magnet due to the effects of the Messiner Effect, and you were then to lift the permanent magnet with your own hands, would you be lifting the mass of the permanent magnet, the mass of the permanent magnet + the mass of the superconductor, or something completely different? Thanks
     
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  3. May 12, 2013 #2

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    Of course the mass of both. This leaves only open the question why you ask this in the quantum physics forum.
    You could try this out yourself getting some sheet of pyrolytic graphite and some magnets. The pyrolytic graphite will also show levitation.
     
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