Making Ice Cream Float
Ithaca College’s Department of Physics got a nice plug when associate professor Matthew Sullivan was featured on the November 9 episode of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central.
Sullivan demonstrated the power of quantum physics by suspending a cup of Colbert’s Americone Dream ice cream above a magnetic track. The cup levitated, as a result of superconducting materials and permanent magnets, and raced around the track.
Sullivan’s students Jodi-Ann McLean ’12 and Andrew Hope ’12 traveled with Sullivan to New York City and were integral in getting the demonstration ready for prime time. The clip was later re-aired on the Jimmy Fallon Show.