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Soap bubbles

Soap bubbles merging

Science Photo Library features Science and Medical images including photos and illustrations

Media ID 6291719

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Bubbles Cluster Colour Colours Films Interference Pattern Iridescence Iridescent Light Merging Optics Soap Bubble Spectral Spectrum Sphere Spheres Surface Tension Thin Film Clustering Physical


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This print from Science Photo Library showcases the mesmerizing beauty of soap bubbles merging. The image captures a cluster of delicate, iridescent spheres, each displaying a stunning spectrum of colors. The play of light on their surfaces creates an enchanting spectacle that is both physical and spectral in nature. The phenomenon behind this visual marvel lies in the intricate interplay between surface tension and interference patterns within thin films of soap solution. As these bubbles come into contact with one another, they gracefully merge, forming larger clusters while retaining their individuality. The vibrant hues exhibited by these soap bubbles are a result of optical phenomena known as iridescence. This occurs when light waves interact with the thin film's thickness and cause constructive or destructive interference, resulting in various wavelengths being amplified or canceled out. The end result is a breathtaking display where different colors appear to dance across the bubble's surface. This photograph not only captures the sheer aesthetic pleasure derived from observing such natural wonders but also serves as a testament to the fascinating field of physics that unravels their secrets. It reminds us how even seemingly ordinary objects like soap bubbles can hold profound scientific significance and inspire awe through their inherent beauty.

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