Nonlinear pattern formation occurs throughout nature, in everything from sand ripples on a beach, snowflakes, ripply icicles and the population ecology of lemmings, and much, much more. Faraday waves are an archetypical laboratory system for the study of nonlinear pattern formation, fluid instabilities and the transition to spatio-temporal chaos. 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 2014.)
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- Localized spatiotemporal chaos in surface waves, A. Kudrolli and J. P. Gollub, Phys. Rev. E 54 (1996) R1052–R1055.
PHY426 student Boris Braverman working on an earlier version of the the Faraday Instability experiment, 15 February 2011
Last updated on 26 October 2015