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Meissner Effect- magnetic focusing

  1. Dec 1, 2008 #1
    Could superconductors be used to focus a magnetic field? For instance, lets say we have a superconducting cylinder and we place a wire coil in one end. If we put current through the wire, could it be used as a more effective Gauss gun than the same coil without the superconducting cylinder?
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  3. Dec 2, 2008 #2


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    Well, you can (and people do) use superconductors as "flux focusers", although that term usually refers to a thin superconducting film, not a cylinder.

    However, I don't think the design you are proposing would be very efficient; AFAK Gauss guns are usually designed to us a ROW of electromagnets that gradually accelerate the slug; I can't see how a flux focuser would help.
  4. Dec 2, 2008 #3
    It would be a hollow cylinder. My idea was to use cylinder to extend the coil's magnetic field over a large distance in one direction. That way you wouldn't have to deal with the hassle of switching the coils on and off at the right times.
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