Jessica Holmes (Team First) Saffman-Taylor Instability

Jessica Holmes (Team First) Saffman-Taylor Instability

2023 Team First

This example of a Saffman-Taylor Instability was made by injecting water into turquoise-colored corn syrup within a Hele-Shaw cell. You can see sugar streaks, dispersing into the water at the interface of each viscous finger, that seem to travel back towards the center of the ‘gloop flower’. Watch as the small bubbles are hugged by the petals as they grow accompanied by large bubbles with reflections of sparse indigo LED lights from Target.

Special thanks to my team members Cameron, Maddie, and Nicole for moral, and literal, support. They did not aid in the making of this photo per se, but each was present at some point in the experimental process that led to this result.

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  • Ari Matrajt Frid
    Dec 1, 2023 12:07

    This image is very cool, I like the green tones and how much detail can be seen in the bubbles

  • Sierra Greeley
    Nov 28, 2023 20:22

    Hello Jessica,
    I really like how you decided to crop this image. It brings the focus to the “flower petals” rather than the center of the “gloop flower”. I think this image would benefit from a few more highlights in editing to bring out the contrast but overall great photo!

  • Maddie O'Brien
    Oct 2, 2023 15:55

    Hi Jess!
    This image turned out awesome! I really like how its really focused on the top left, but ends up more blurred as you move further right!


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