Phenomena

Waltzing Defects

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Liquid crystals are a peculiar state of matter with both liquid and crystalline properties. In this video, a microfluidic device breaks water into droplets surrounded by a shell of liquid crystal. Because the molecular structure of the liquid crystals is helical and cannot pack neatly in a spherical shell, there are visible defects in the liquid crystal shells. Given time, those defects can merge as the liquid crystal shell thickens. (Image and video credit: The Lutetium Project)

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