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University of Geneva presents: The Superconductivity Show! (Daytime)

April 18 - April 20


For this year’s Cambridge Science Festival, on April 18, 19, and 20, Arnaud Dubreuil and Jean Etesse from the University of Geneva’s Physiscope team will be at swissnex Boston, performing an hour long show on superconductivity, featuring two very impressive properties of superconductors: levitation and pinning effect.

Nowadays superconductivity is a very active research field, with applications in medicine, energy, transportation and telecommunication. Despite the fact that superconductor materials have to be cooled down to very low temperatures, superconductivity is present in everyday life and its applications are increasing. The University of Geneva is highly involved in research on superconductors and quantum materials, with a very strong orientation to industry and knowledge and technology transfer.

Participants will test and experience superconductivity’s properties, using small magnetic levitation kits and will feel how strong they are. These effects allow many applications, such as transportation without friction, which is very energy efficient; and energy storage. The flywheel presented during the show demonstrates that we’re already able to store mechanical energy and convert it into electricity during consumption peaks. This kind of set up is already used in everyday life.

This shows are open to participants of all ages.

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Tuesday, April 18 1pm to 2pm
Tuesday, April 18 3pm to 4pm

Wednesday, April 19 9am to 10am
Wednesday, April 19 11am to 12pm
Wednesday, April 19 1pm to 2pm
Wednesday, April 19 3pm to 4pm

Thursday, April 20 9am to 10am
Thursday, April 20 11am to 12pm
Thursday, April 20 1pm to 2pm
Thursday, April 20 3pm to 4pm


Arnaud Dubreil, originally from Fance, is a PhD student, working in the Particle Physisc department of the University of Geneva. His PhD work is about sterile, massive neutrino in the ATLAS experiment, one of the LHC (CERN) experiments. Arnaud got his Master’s degree in Subatomic Physics in Lyon, France.

In parallel, he works as an animator in the Physiscope team, and really enjoys explaining and democratizing physics concepts to people all ages. .

Jean Etesse, originally from Rennes, France, completed his PhD in Paris on the subject of generation of complex states of light. He is currently a post-doc in the Group of Applied Physics in Geneva in the quantum memory team, where he develops protocols for the storage of arbitrary states of light. In parallel to his research activities he works as an animator animate shows in the Physiscope


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