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Quantum Droplets

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Over the past decade, fluid dynamicists have been investigating tiny droplets bouncing on a vibrating fluid. This seemingly simple experiment has remarkable depth, including the ability to recreate quantum behaviors in a classical system. In this video, some of the researchers demonstrate their experimental techniques, including how they vary the frame rate relative to the bouncing of the drops. At the right frame rate, this sampling makes the droplets appear to glide along with their ripples, giving us a look at a system that is simultaneously a particle (drop) and wave (ripple). (Video credit: D. Harris et al.)

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