The Inverse Leidenfrost Effect

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  • Published on: Friday, January 25, 2019
  • Droplets levitate on a bath of liquid nitrogen and are spontaneously self-propelled. Thanks Audible! Start a 30-day trial and your first audiobook is free. Go to https://audible.com/VERITASIUM or text VERITASIUM to 500500.

    Special thanks to Dr. Anaïs Gauthier
    Physics of Fluids: https://pof.tnw.utwente.nl/

    Self-propulsion of inverse Leidenfrost drops on a cryogenic bath
    Anaïs Gauthier, Christian Diddens, Rémi Proville, Detlef Lohse, and Devaraj van der Meer
    PNAS January 22, 2019 116 (4) 1174-1179; published ahead of print January 22, 2019
    https://www.pnas.org/content/116/4/1174

    For a detailed description of the setup:
    http://www.lps.ens.fr/~adda/papiers/Langmuir2016.pdf

    And self-propulsion is also seen: http://www.lps.ens.fr/~adda/papiers/InvLeidenfrost.avi

    Other recent (hot) Leidenfrost experiments that might be interesting:
    * Leidenfrost wheels: https://www.ruclip.tv/video/glRGl-eYuXo
    * Leidenfrost maze: https://www.ruclip.tv/video/vPZ7sx3EwUY
    * Leidenfrost explosions: https://www.ruclip.tv/video/z0sp3AjgUy4

    Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
    Donal Botkin, James M Nicholson, Michael Krugman, Nathan Hansen, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd

    Thanks to Prof. Kevin McKeegan at UCLA for the liquid nitrogen

    Filming by Raquel Nuno

    Additional animations by Alan Chamberlain

    Source: https://youtu.be/M2CMH57hXmY

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