Volume 83, Number 5, September 2008
Article Number 54001
Number of page(s) 6
Section Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
Published online 25 July 2008
EPL, 83 (2008) 54001
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/83/54001

Dynamics of the formation of antibubbles

P. G. Kim and H. A. Stone

School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Harvard University - Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

received 17 June 2008; accepted in final form 10 July 2008; published September 2008
published online 25 July 2008

Antibubbles refer to drops of liquid that are surrounded by a thin gas shell with the whole object immersed within a liquid phase. Although first observed more than 70 years ago, only recently have details of the formation and disappearance of antibubbles been considered. Here we provide an experimental study of the optimal conditions necessary for the formation of antibubbles. In addition, we characterize the dynamics of the collapse of the liquid column, formed from the initial impact of a drop with a liquid bath, which eventually leads to the antibubble.

47.55.db - Drop and bubble formation.
82.70.Uv - Surfactants, micellar solutions, vesicles, lamellae, amphiphilic systems, (hydrophilic and hydrophobic interactions).
47.20.Cq - Inviscid instability.

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