Scientists Move Levitating Objects Through Space for the First Time
Now rather than merely lifting objects with sound waves, scientists can move them in every direction.
Levitation isn't just for mystics anymore.
A Japanese technology team has demonstrated ultrasonic levitation of objects that for the first time works in three dimensions. This means that as opposed to merely lifting objects with sound waves, scientists can now move them through space in every direction. (See also "Watch Sodium and Water Levitate and Collide.")
First demonstrated in the 1940s, acoustic levitation has suffered its up and downs over the years, enjoying a resurgence in the past decade brought about by more powerful electronics. Researchers have dramatized the advances by levitating such things as bees, ants, and fish.
Now, in a study submitted to the Cornell University Library's physics archive, a team led by Yoichi Ochiai of the University