Aluminum chips spinning in a cylinder. Air was injected tangentially to create the vortex.

Aluminum chips spinning in a cylinder. Air was injected tangentially to create the vortex.

By Logan Mueller, Gregory Lawson, Kenny Wine, John Hebert for Spring 2014 Team Second.
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A stirrer creates a vortex with a conical water surface, viewed from above. Green laser light is trapped along the surface, and also reflects off the beaker rim and some aluminum flakes in the water.

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