Nonlinear pattern formation occurs throughout nature, in everything from sand ripples on a beach, snowflakes, the population ecology of lemmings, and much, much more. Faraday waves are an archetypical nonlinear pattern formation system for laboratory study, and the same experimental system can be used to observe oscillons, a soliton-like localized excitation. This experiment is inspired by research carried out by Prof. Stephen Morris's Experimental Nonlinear Physics Group.
(The experiment is currently located in MP239; last write-up revision: September 2011.)
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PHY426 student Boris Braverman performing the Faraday Waves and Oscillons experiment, 15 February 2011
Last updated on 30 November 2011