Phenomena

Antibubbles

Antibubbles are peculiar and ephemeral creations. A bubble typically encloses a gas within a thin layer of fluid. As the name suggests, an antibubble does the opposite: it’s a thin film of gas enclosing a liquid droplet within a larger background liquid. That thin gas film makes antibubbles extremely delicate. Disturb it at all – as the thinning jet at the top of the animation above does – and that film will break apart, much like a soap bubble. To see more antibubble action, check out some of our previous entries, including antibubbles in a vortex and a simple way to create antibubbles.  (Image credit: C. Kalelkar and S. Phansalkar, source)

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