Variations on a Theme by Edgerton

Collage of student images inspired by Edgerton's crown splash. All depict a droplet falling into a pool.

In the 1930s, Harold Edgerton used strobed lighting to capture moments too fast for the human eye, including his famous “Milk-Drop Coronet”. Recreating his set-up is far easier today, thanks to technologies like Arduino boards that make timing the drop-strobe-camera sequence simple. This poster is a collage of Edgerton-like images captured by students at Brown University. Even nearly a century after Edgerton, there are countless variations on this beautiful slice of physics: all from the splash of a simple drop striking a pool. (Image credit: R. Zenit et al.)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.