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Chaos in a superconducting saucer.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1990
<mark>Journal</mark>Physica B: Condensed Matter
Issue number1
Number of pages2
Pages (from-to)117-118
<mark>Original language</mark>English


The dynamical behaviour of a very small permanent magnet levitating in a vacuum above a superconducting saucer at 4.2K has been investigated. The arrangement, which constitutes a near-Hamiltonian system, able to undergo both rotational and orbital motions, is found to exhibit a rich variety of behaviours, including chaos. Its relationship to chaotic motion in the solar system is discussed.

Bibliographic note

Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Low Temperature Physics (LT19), Brighton, 16-22 August 1990.