How the Technology Works
Invented by software engineer Bill Butler, Plasmagnetic Levitation is based on the fact that an alternating magnetic field will repel a non-ferrous conductor. So by turning the air under the craft into a conductive plasma, and inducing a magnetic field into it, the resulting force of repulsion between an onboard magnet and the magnetized plasma, should levitate a vehicle over virtually any surface according to Lenz's Law.
In a conventional maglev system, onboard magnets interact with magnets in a track to levitate a train either by magnetic repulsion or attraction. One of the drawbacks of this approach is that levitation height is limited by the inverse square law. Plasmagnetic Levitation gets around this limitation by creating "stacks" of current loops in the air underneath the vehicle. Theoretically, this would allow a vehicle to reach hover heights limited primarily by its own stability.
Here it is simplified...The plasma is created by shining a ultraviolet lamp in the air. The plasma is columned by the electromagnet and a current is ran through the plasma. The electromagnet is the negative end. The plasma is the positive end. You know what that means...REPULSION!..Meaning hovering!
The only thing I'm doubting is making the plasma. Will the UV lamp actually produce plasma columned by the electromagnet? But the electromagnet repulsing from the plasma is true since it's Len'z Law.
I'm going to test this and make a small scale version hoverboard using this theory.
Here are some helpful images...
http://www.hovertech.com/home/images/pl ... tation.jpg
Anyone have a plasma lamp?
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c ... lamp_2.jpg
You can test this theory by making an electromagnet (connect wire to a flashlight battery to the + and - then coil around a nail) and hold the electromagnet over the plasma lamp. If it works notify me.