Volume 66, Number 4, May 2004
|Page(s)||545 - 551|
|Section||Condensed matter: structure, mechanical and thermal properties|
|Published online||01 May 2004|
Rhythmic growth and collapse of a micro water droplet
Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University & CREST Kyoto 606-8502, Japan
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 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.
PACS: 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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