Pineapple Cavity

Objects falling into a quiescent fluid leave an air-filled cavity in their wake. The cavity collapses quickly due to the pressure of the surrounding fluid; but while it lasts, the cavity carries a signature of the object that made it. The collage above shows a series of snapshots of the formation and collapse of a cavity created by a 20-petal disk. Although the disk is essentially circular with only a small variation along its circumference, the effects of those perturbations appear soon after formation in the sidewalls of the cavity and persist until after its pinch-off and collapse. For more cavity dynamics, see here. (Image credit: O. Enriquez et al.)

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