Spontaneous emergence of a spin state for an emitter in a time-varying medium

Posted by on Jun 9, 2022 in Bibliography, Blog, Core Bibliography | 0 comments


Is it possible for a free particle to spontaneously start spinning around a point without anything in the center of its path? The answer is yes.

Researchers at the Langevin Institute have just shown that a drop bouncing on a vertically vibrating liquid bath could remain captive to the waves it emitted during these successive bounces on the bath’s surface (see video). As in a kind of wave ballet, the drops first become walkers, propelled on the surface of the bath by the waves they emitted during their previous bounces. Then, spontaneously, they start to turn according to well-defined orbits, maintained in this perpetual movement by their past waves. It is in a way a “wave memory” that maintains them. The spontaneous emergence of a “spin” originates from the presence of a time-varying medium, the vibrating bath, which allows the emitted waves to be turned back in time and refocused on the source that initially produced them. Time-varying media are fascinating because they allow a source to be given a spatio-temporal non-locality, or more simply, to be clothed with a constantly changing past that determines its future.

Bernard-Bernardet, S., Fleury, M., & Fort, E. (2022). Spontaneous emergence of a spin state for an emitter in a time-varying medium. The European Physical Journal Plus137(4), 1-8.

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Dotwave picture on Phys.org

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in Blog, Original Photos, Photos | 0 comments





Russian Physicians from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have chosen a dotwave.org picture to illustrate an article published on phys.org concerning their latest paper,

Des physiciens russes de l’institut de physique et de technologie de Moscou ont choisi une de mes photos pour illustrer un rĂ©sumĂ© d’un de leur papier sur les ondes de Faraday publiĂ© sur phys.org




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Emergent quantization in a square box

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Blog, Original Photos, Original videos, Photos, Slider, Videos | 11 comments

Goal of the experiment :

A walking droplet is placed in a square box, at the onset of Faraday thresold.

The trajectory of the droplet is mapped.
In the long time limit, does a self-interference pattern appear ? what’s its shape ? How does it relate to the square cavity surface wave eigen-modes ?

cf. experiment by Bush et al. : in a circular corral

wavelike Statistics

In short, we try to reproduce the experiment of Bush et al, but in a square box.


First result :

A walking droplet in a square cavity shows random motion, but with time, its trajectory is building a statistic reminiscent of the resonant mode of the cavity.

This can be seen by the naked eye in this movie excerpt :

This is then confirmed with optical tracking measurment of the trajectory :


Trajectory of the walking droplet

The position distribution (~probability density) is then computed :


Probabilty density


PDF Version of this résumé :

Emergent quantization of trajectories in a square box


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Mini Colloque RNL 2016 : DualitĂ© onde-corpuscule Ă  l’échelle macroscopique

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Blog | 5 comments

I was lucky enough to attend this mini-colloque !!

“Si la dualitĂ© onde-corpuscule est une des bases de l’interprĂ©tation de la mĂ©canique quantique, elle peut aussi se manifester Ă  l’échelle macroscopique. Durant ce mini-colloque seront prĂ©sentĂ©es les propriĂ©tĂ©s observĂ©es dans des systĂšmes macroscopiques, ainsi que quelques-unes de leurs pendants aux Ă©chelles microscopiques. Un des objectifs est d’identifier les analogies et les diffĂ©rences entre ces deux types de systĂšmes.”
Rencontre du non-linéaire 2016



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DotWave Keynote at XLIM Lab in Limoges

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Blog | 6 comments


A live demonstration with a brief theoretical introduction to walking droplets and their wonders was held successfully at XLIM labs in Limoges last week.

50 attendees, mainly professionnal researchers in the field of photonics and microwave and their PhD student.



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Video Lesson – 07/06/2013 – Hydrodynamic Modelling of Pilot-Wave and boucing droplet coupling in a Faraday Problem

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Blog, On the web, Videos | 0 comments

“Recent experiments by two groups, Yves Couder (Paris) and John 
Bush (MIT) have shown experimentally that droplets will bounce on the 
surface of a vertically vibrated bath (instead of coalescing with it), 
generating a Faraday-type wavefield at every bounce. From this state, a 
pitchfork symmetry breaking bifurcation leads to a “walking” state whereby 
the bouncing droplet is “guided” by the self-generated wavefield – the 
droplet’s pilot wave. Once this state is achieved a large array of 
interesting dynamics ensues with surprising analogies to quantum 
mechanical behaviour. We will present a coupled particle-fluid model that 
can can be used simulate the dynamics of this problem. This is joint work 
with John Bush, Andre Nachbin (IMPA) and Carlos Galeano (IMPA)”

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Vortex-mediated bouncing drops on an oscillating liquid

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Bibliography, Blog, Core Bibliography, Photos | 0 comments

Chu, H. Y., & Fei, H. T. (2014). Vortex-mediated bouncing drops on an oscillating liquid. Physical Review E, 89(6), 063011

 http://journals.aps.org/pre/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevE.89.063011 (Subsrciption required)

Stunning Vizualisization of undersurface flows


Abstract :

We have investigated the behavior of bouncing drops on a liquid surface by using particle image velocimetry analysis. A drop on an oscillating liquid surface is observed to not coalesce with the liquid and to travel along the surface if the oscillation is strong enough. A streaming vortex pair, induced by the alternatively distorted liquid surface, shows up below a bouncing drop. The time-averaged flow fields of the vortices are measured. In our quasi-one-dimensional setup, there are three stable distances for the drops, which can be characterized by the Faraday wavelength. The interactions of the vortex-mediated bouncing drops are deduced from the streamlines in the liquid bulk. We further show that a three-dimensional vortex ring is induced by a bouncing drop in a square cell.





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Dotwave @ 240 frame per Seconds with modified GoPro

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Original videos, Videos | 1 comment

This is how precise my temporal resolution can be with my modified goPro and (at last) a good lens : 240 fps ( @848×480 )

Forcing freq is 60 Hz, so Faraday Freq is 30Hz, so for the usual walking mode we have 8 frame during the period of the vertical dynamic. Hence we can observe the dynamic without any strobe effect.

Question: What is the (m, n) mode of the first droplet shown in the movie ?


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