Levitating with Sound

Sound can manipulate fluids in fascinating ways, from levitation to vibration. Here researchers use sound to levitate and manipulate droplets and turn them into bubbles. Increasing the acoustic pressure on the levitating droplet flattens it, then slowly causes the drop to buckle. When the buckled film encloses a critical volume, the sound waves resonate inside it. That causes a big jump in acoustic pressure, which makes the drop snap closed into a bubble. (Image and research credit: D. Zang et al.; via Science News; submitted by Kam-Yung Soh)

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