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The Vibrating Network

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We’ve seen the Faraday instability on vibrating fluids (and granular materials) before. Here researchers explore the effect on a a network of fluid-filled cells. Each square is filled with liquid and small holes near the bottom of each cell ensure the liquid levels are the same throughout the array. Then the entire container is vibrated. Above the threshold frequency, standing waves form but do not interact. When the wave amplitudes grow high enough for fluid to get exchanged from cell to cell, patterns begin to form.  The waves in adjacent cells synchronize, eventually resulting in a regular pattern across the entire grid. Order out of chaos.(Video credit: G. Delon et al.)

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