Archive of Physics Images
Self-Organization of Helical Assemblies
Polymer nanobristles assembling into highly ordered helical clusters.
Double Drain - Single Vortex
Only one vortex forms although the dyed water exits through two drains.
Ignition at the National Ignition Facility (NIF)
Target area of the first completed integrated ignition experiment at the National Ignition Facility (NIF)
Water Droplet Experiencing Leidenfrost Effect
The Leidenfrost effect on a water droplet that was dropped onto a heated aluminum plate and illuminated by a Helium-Neon (red range) laser.
Quantum Dots Offer Evidence of Quantum Darwinism
Quantum dots were created in a quantum "well" of InAs (Indium Arsenide) using electron-beam lithography and wet etching.
Silicon Wafers Coated with Liquid Crystal
Each circle shows a different thickness of a 8CB liquid crystal film coating on a 2cm X 2cm silicon wafer.
Stars Bursting to Life in the Chaotic Carina Nebula
A pillar in the Carina Nebula is bathed in the light of the hot, massive stars whose scorching radiation and fast winds are sculpting it, and causing new stars to form within it.
Solution Growth of a New Quasicrystal
A newly discovered scandium-zinc alloy produces millimeter-sized, facetted, single grain quasicrystals in very different forms and shapes.
Designing Optical Elements from Isotropic Materials
By taking advantage of a conformal mapping technique, new designs for various optical elements such as directional antennas, flat lenses, or bends, are proposed.
Supersonic Air Flow
Throwing a stone onto the surface of motionless lake triggers a spectacular series of events!
Leaf Veins Loop Around Defects
Biological transport networks make adjustments for pattern interruptions.
Gamma‑Ray All-Sky Map
This image from the Fermi Gamma‑ray Space Telescope shows an all‑sky map based on galactic coordinates gathered over one year of observations.
Free Floating Plasma Orb
A free‑floating atmospheric pressure ball plasma is created when surface electricity is discharged into a solution.