Rhythmic growth and collapse of a micro water dropletM. Ichikawa, N. Magome and K. Yoshikawa
Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University & CREST Kyoto 606-8502, Japan email@example.com
(Received 9 July 2003; accepted in final form 23 March 2004)
We report the rhythmic growth and disappearance of a micrometer-sized water droplet under stationary nonequilibrium conditions, with a periodicity of . Under a supersaturated vapor, a micro water droplet nucleates on a glass plate, grows and then disappears when the growing droplet touches a larger water sink, and this cycle repeats in a rhythmic manner. We discuss the rhythmic phenomenon as a kind of limit cycle oscillation.
68.03.-g - Gas-liquid and vacuum-liquid interfaces.
81.10.Bk - Growth from vapor.
05.45.-a - Nonlinear dynamics and nonlinear dynamical systems.
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