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Spin-stabilized magnetic levitation without vertical axis of rotation

United States Patent

June 9, 2009
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The symmetry properties of a magnetic levitation arrangement are exploited to produce spin-stabilized magnetic levitation without aligning the rotational axis of the rotor with the direction of the force of gravity. The rotation of the rotor stabilizes perturbations directed parallel to the rotational axis.
Romero; Louis (Albuquerque, NM), Christenson; Todd (Albuquerque, NM), Aaronson; Gene (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
11/ 231,532
September 21, 2005
This invention was developed under Contract DE-AC04-94AL8500 between Sandia Corporation and the U.S. Department of Energy. The U.S. Government has certain rights in this invention.