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Pulsed Superconductor Technology

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Pulsed Superconductor Technology
Recent research with superconductors has indicated a possible link with condensed matter and the anomalous emission of waves which produce propulsive forces. Various authors have described these effects as being due to emission of "gravitons", waves which warp local space or other possible explanations [1,2,3]. Theoreticians have also proposed additional terms to Einstein's equations which indicate electro-gravitic interactions. With the invention of the High Tc ceramic superconductor in 1986 by Bednorz et al.[5], a new era of scientific investigation was enabled. This event is analogous to the historic invention of the electro-chemical battery and associated technology by Volta in 1800. Using the electric battery, Oersted discovered the creation of magnetic fields by DC current in 1820. In 1821, Michael Faraday created the first electric motor and an entire industry was born. By 1837 industrial electric motors were available. Despite all this experimentation and development, the complete theory of electromagnetism was not presented until 1873 by James Clerk Maxwell. This point in time may well be the critical 20 years in history when electro-gravity is developed. In 1992, Podkletnov[6] claimed a gravitational shielding effect in rotating Type II superconductors. These results were not well received by the scientific community and were withdrawn. A flurry of activity and speculation about the gravitational effects of superconductors was initiated. Since that time, many investigations have been completed with varying results. In 2001, Podkletnov conducted another experiment with "impulse gravity" in the Soviet Union and reported the anomalous generation of some sort of inertial waves that act at a distance with coherent characteristics [7]. This newer study has acquired the reputation of legend (more or less) as it was not well reported and went "dark" shortly after the initial release of the information. In 2010, Poher[8] repeated the later Podkletnov results in France using a somewhat different but essentially equivalent setup. Poher has released the full details of his experiment allowing a verification to now be attempted. An investigation is proposed to verify the Poher experiment and create impulse waves in the laboratory. The Poher apparatus is shown in Figure 1. The experiment consists of the rapid discharge of electrical current through a layered YBCO superconductor. More »

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