Vibrating Oil

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This high-speed video shows the behavior of oil on a vibrating surface. As the amplitude of the vibration is altered various behaviors can be observed. Initially small waves appear on the surface of the oil, then the surface erupts into a mass of jets and ejected droplets, reminiscent of a vibrated interfaces within a prism or vibration-induced atomization. When the amplitude is reduced after about half a minute, we see Faraday waves across the surface, as well as tiny droplets that bounce and skitter across the surface. They are kept from coalescing by a thin layer of air trapped between the droplet and the oil pool below. Because of the vibration, the air layer is continuously refreshed, keeping the droplet aloft until its kinetic energy is large enough that it impacts the surface of the oil and gets swallowed up.

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