Superconductivity and the Physiscope at Swissnex Boston

Superconductivity was the guest of Swissnex at the Cambridge science festival near Boston (USA), last April, in collaboration with the Physiscope of UNIGE.

Numerous visitors experienced some of the surprising properties of superconductivity,  such as levitation and vortex pinning. The Physiscope’s team especially showcased a flywheel able to store mechanical energy and convert it into electricity during consumption peaks; as well as SUPRA100, a piece of art created by the Swiss artist Etienne Krähenbühl, in collaboration with the NCCR MaNEP and UNIGE. The event attracted over 15’000 participants with continuous strong attendance at the Physiscope-Swissnex booth.

In the following days, at Swissnex, the Physiscope presented shows on superconductivity intended for scholars and the general public. It was a great success with over 400 people attending !

Swissnex Boston is an initiative of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), managed in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs. It is a nexus for knowledge exchange, devoted to connecting Switzerland and North America in science, education, art and innovation.

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