|MadSci Network: Physics|
Hi Jesse, Do not try this experiment. Your stove uses a 220 volt current source, which if modified, could be extremely dangerous. While it is true that conductors can be levitated above AC magnetic fields, the effect tends to dissipate because of resistance heating of the conductor. At 60 Hz the coil has low impedance and most of the energy will be used to heat the coil. The heating element on your range top is a coil and it gets very hot. If you want to experiment with levitation, then I suggest you check the web site at http://www.sci.kun.nl/hfml/fingertip.html The article contains instructions for building a simple and SAFE magnetic levitation device. The method uses common diamagnetic materials and has the potential for levitating large objects without the need for powerful magnetic fields. Bob Novak
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