Bouncing in Lockstep

Droplets of silicone oil bounce on a pool of the same thanks to the vibration provided by a loudspeaker. Each droplet’s bounce causes ripples in the pool and the interference between these ripples fixes the droplets in lockstep with one another. As long as the vibration continues to feed the thin layer of air that separates the droplets from the pool during each bounce and no impurities break the surface tension at the interface, the droplets will bounce indefinitely on their liquid trampoline. Such systems can be used to observe quantum-mechanical behavior like wave-particle duality on a macro-scale. (Photo credit: A. Labuda and J. Belina)

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