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Viscous Fingers

High viscosity silicon oil is sandwiched between two circular plates.  As the upper plate is lifted at a constant speed, air flows in from the sides. The initially circular interface develops finger-like instabilities, due to the Saffman-Taylor mechanism, as the air penetrates. Eventually the fluid will completely detach from one plate. (Photo credit: D. Derks, M. Shelley, A. Lindner)

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