Rayleigh-taylor instability experiments with precise and arbitrary control of the initial interface shape.

Huang, Zhibin.

De Luca, Antonio.

Atherton, Timothy J.

Bird, Matthew.

Rosenblatt, Charles.

Carlès, Pierre.


  • In a Rayleigh-Taylor instability a dense fluid sits metastably atop a less dense fluid, a configuration that can be stabilized using a magnetic field gradient when one fluid is highly paramagnetic. On switching off the magnetic field, the instability occurs as the dense fluid falls under gravity. By affixing appropriately shaped magnetically permeable wires to the outside of the cell, one may impo... read more
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