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Chaos in a superconducting saucer.

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Journal publication date1990
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Journal number1
Volume165-16
Number of pages2
Pages117-118
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

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.