Archive of Physics Images
Centrifugal Instability of an Oscillating Boundary Layer
A cylinder oscillating transversely in water, producing a "centrifugal instability," as shown by fluorescent dye.
Opposites attract and destroy: umbilic defects in liquid crystal.
Supernova Explosion Simulation
Simulation of a supernova core explosion with bipolar jets.
Bacterial Colony Life as a Microcosm
Statistical physics measures bacterial colony life as a microcosm of evolutionary change.
Flow Pattern on a Hydrofoil
Using physics to study potential applications in biomimetically-engineered systems.
Mapping the World Economy
Using the Physics of Complex Systems, it is possible to map the emerging structure of the world economy.
HERCULES Laser Beam
HERCULES laser, which takes up several rooms, is the most intense repetitive laser in existence. HERCULES's laser beam's power is concentrated to a micron speck about 100th the diameter of a human hair.
Magnetic Properties of Thin Films
Spectroscopic image showing the microwave-frequency magnetic resonances of an array of parallel, metallic thin film nanowires ("stripes"). The peak in the center is due to resonances occurring at the stripe edges while the strong horizontal bar is due to resonances in the body of the stripes.
Quartz Liner Tube Inside Tube Furnace
This high temperature resistance-heated tube furnace is used for the oxidation or doping of silicon wafers.
Exploding White Dwarf Star
Exploding dwarf stars in the lab is hardly a small task, but with careful validation, verification, and simulation, scientists are able to mimic just such an explosion.
Shear Forms Force Chains
Disordered discs subjected to shear (pressure) form a network of force chains. Color patterns in chains indicate varying force and stress.
Tracking Neural Code - Voltage Vs Time
The replication of neural properties that occur when vision is processed by the human brain.
Dynamics of Channel Erosion
The physical processes that create eroded channels and drainage networks are recreated to study the physics of channelization.
Spontaneous Separation of Sand Grains
Positively charged sand grains spontaneously separate and, by mutual repulsion, are propelled as high as 2 meters into the air.
Fold-your-own flower. A new technique folds simple sub-millimeter shapes from sheets of rubber using only the force of surface tension from a drop of water.