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Pictures show soap bubble bursting

  1. Jul 12, 2009 #1
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    Eh, the Time Warped guys did it better. Check out the segment starting at 3:55.
     
  4. Jul 12, 2009 #3
    They were both interesting, Richard's showed the very interesting "slivers" that the water breaks into, which you can't see in the movie.
     
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    I'm not convinced that those aren't simply an artifact of the relatively slow shutter speed (good SLRs can get down below 1/8000th s easily) . My hunch is that those are actually fast-moving and roughly spherical droplets
     
  6. Jul 12, 2009 #5
    MM...good point :)
     
  7. Jul 12, 2009 #6

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    What IS interesting about the stills upon a closer examination is that you can clearly see the droplets formed as the bubble's "skin" breaks apart are organized into well-defined striations rather than, as one might expect, distributed more or less randomly.
     
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    Now if you can imagine analyzing that striation pattern and using it to form an inverse reconstruction of the fingerprint of the person who popped the balloon, you're on the level with modern cosmologists.
     
  10. Jul 13, 2009 #9
    Hadn't Harold Edgerton photographed such phenomena decades ago? (I also wonder whether there are any biological applications to this study in surface tension.)
     
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