Boaz Almog studies superconductors—materials with no electrical resistance—and their applications at Tel-Aviv University in Israel. By using exceptional superconductors, Boaz and his colleague Mishael Azoulay recently succeeded in demonstrating a phenomenon called “quantum levitation”: They trapped a superconductor disc in a powerful magnetic field, causing the disc to float uncannily in midair. Although the effect had been well known to physicists worldwide, it had never before been demonstrated quite so dramatically. The levitating disc, seemingly taken straight out of a sci-fi movie, is actually the result of many years of scientific research and development on how to produce high-qualitysuperconductors.
In addition to developing new superconductor technologies and applications, Almog and his colleagues in Professor Guy Deutscher’s superconductivity research group are dedicated to teaching young people and adults about superconductivity through the unique and counter-intuitive phenomena of quantum trapping and quantum levitation. Their website, quantumlevitation.com<http://quantumlevitation.com>, hosts videos and explanations of the physics behind the surprising phenomenon.