A small cylindrical magnet floats above a high temperature superconductor. The vapor is from boiling liquid nitrogen, which keeps the superconductor in a zero-resistance state. As the magnet is lowered toward the superconductor, it induces an electric current, which creates an opposing magnetic field in accordance with Ampere’s law. Because the superconductor has no electrical resistance, this induced current continues to flow, keeping the magnet suspended indefinitely.

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