Yeah it's an unlikely
to be true sort of thing. But it's interesting.Why I think this is a parlor trick and how I think it works:
Assuming the materials in the video are honest, carbon and graphite... I've seen graphite pencil cores used in microwave plasma experiments that look similar to this video. The author is using a graphite pencil core in at least one of the experiments. So that makes sense. Also thin films of graphite and pencil cores can be pushed by a strong magnet
, because graphite is a diamagnetic, which means it can form an opposing magnetic field to a magnet. So it's possible that because the pencil core is made of graphite powder and clay or glue binding agents, the binding agents might have fell apart as they got hot and that formed a powder which could be pushed by a magnet. So adding these facts together I think this might be parlor trick, in fact a very good parlor trick you could have fun fooling your friends with.
Though it's fun to imagine if it wasn't a parlor trick:
Make Pencil Lead Levitate
Now pyrolytic graphite is expensive so a cheaper alternative is to use very thin pencil lead. Not all pencil lead works so you need to first test it by placing it on a table and approaching it from the side with a magnet. If the lead moves away, then it's diamagnetic, if it moves toward then it's paramagnetic and can't be used. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-08BAmpFDig
It's certainly a fun to think about if you could do fusion using a microwave... Lightning also creates both local microwave radiation and plasma. Lighting plasma is energetic enough to produce free neutrons
. Free neutrons come in handy when transmuting metals and that is the only grain of truth that this video could have if it was real. Also pumping fusion reactions with microwave radiation is a well studied way to get the plasma to temperature and control temperature fluctuation. So some of these ideas are used in real fusion research. Unfortunately I doubt anything useful could be done with a table top microwave.
So all armchair pondering aside, this looks like a video about a parlor trick using diamagnetic graphite pencil leads.
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