9. Magnetic Levitation

“Under certain circumstances, the ‘flea’ of a magnetic stirrer can rise up and levitate stably in a viscous fluid during stirring. Investigate the origins of the dynamic stabilization of the ‘flea’ and how it depends on the relevant parameters.”


I. Phenomenon Demonstration

  • The Flight of the Humble Flea: Levitation and Inefficient Mixing in Magnetic Stirrers, (YouTube, APS Physics, Jan 29, 2019), https://youtu.be/3ZJQaQazFqw 


II. Books, Encyclopedia, Discussion and Forum Posts

III. Research Papers