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Giving Birth to a Droplet by Popping a Water Balloon

Daria Monaenkova, Marius Chyasnavichys, Taras Andrukh and Alexandr Tokarev

Giving Birth to a Droplet by Popping a Water Balloon  by Daria Monaenkova, Marius Chyasnavichys, Taras Andrukh and Alexandr Tokarev

The ability of human to process visual events is limited, and there are many scientifically interesting and important processes that happen too fast to observe with the naked eye. Have you ever seen the fluttering of hummingbird wings or explosion of soap bubble? Would you like to study these processes?

Modern high speed imaging cameras run at 15000 frames per second (fps) with megapixel resolution! These cameras are widely used in motion analysis, crash testing, biomedical applications, non destructive testing, and fluid mechanics. There is a world hidden in milliseconds, i.e. when things change faster than the human eye blinks, which is unveiled in day-to-day laboratory procedures. We conducted simple experiments by popping a balloon filled with water and capturing it with a high speed camera at a frame rate of 1000 fps.

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