Quantum dynamics of bouncing droplets
Scientific disciplineMathematics & Mechanics
TopicQuantum dynamics of bouncing droplets
This talk is about the dynamics of a fluid droplet bouncing on the surface of a vertically vibrating fluid bath. It was recently discovered that such a droplet can walk along the fluid surface riding a wave created as the droplet hits the surface. In a remarkable series of experiments, this coupled motion of a bouncing droplet and its pilot wave was demonstrated to exhibit a range of quantum effects: discrete orbits, tunneling, single/double slit diffraction, level splitting, scattering, bound states, and others. I will give an overview of these phenomena and discuss their implications.
KeywordsFluid mechanics, bouncing droplets, quantum effects