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Psychedelic Faraday Waves

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Vibrate a pool of water and above a critical frequency, a pattern of standing waves will form on the surface. These are known as Faraday waves after Michael Faraday, who studied the phenomenon in the early half of the nineteenth century. The kaleidoscopic view of them you see here comes from photographer Linden Gledhill, who used a high-speed camera and an LED ring light reflecting off the water to capture the changing motions of the waves. The wave patterns oscillate at half the frequency of the driving vibration, and, as the driving frequency changes, the wave patterns shift dramatically. Higher frequencies create more complicated patterns. (Image and video credit: L. Gledhill)

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