Advanced Undergraduate Laboratory

Department of Physics

University of Toronto

FAR: Faraday Waves and Oscillons

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.

Write-Up in PDF Format or Microsoft Word Format.

(The experiment is currently located in MP239; last write-up revision: September 2014.)

Additional resources:

PHY426 student Boris Braverman performing the Faraday Waves and Oscillons experiment, 15 February 2011

Last updated on 2 October 2014