Electrostatic Levitator

By Corey S. Powell|Wednesday, December 03, 2003
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The Electrostatic Levitator suspends a metal droplet using static electricity while the sample is heated to melting in a vacuum. Researchers at Containerless Research in Evanston, Illinois, used this NASA-developed device to create a novel type of glass that could lead to better lasers for surgery, dentistry, and fiber optics.

Courtesy of NASA

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