Happy 2019! If you found yourself marveling at the growing, rising, and bursting bubbles in your glass of champagne this New Year’s Eve, read on!
Bubbles are hidden inside a variety of man-made or natural materials and fluids. Lots of tiny bubbles give texture to chocolate mousse. A few tiny bubbles created when we crack our joints are the cause for the “crack” noise we hear. Huge bubbles are formed inside volcanoes because of the decompression of magma as it rises to the surface of the Earth. From sub-millimeter to kilometer scales, from industrial to biological processes, researchers strive to understand and control the presence and evolution of bubbles.
Together with Benjamin Dollet and Philippe Marmottant we have reviewed this fascinating topic in Bubble Dynamics in Soft and Biological Matter. The review paper will be published in volume 51 of the Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics on 07 January 2019, and is already available online.
Looking back on last year, here are some great review papers on bubbles that have appeared in 2018 (not an exhaustive list):
- The Fluid Mechanics of Bubbly Drinks by Roberto Zenit and Javier Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Physics Today 71, 11, 44 (2018).
- Bubble puzzles: From fundamentals to applications by Detlef Lohse, Phys. Rev. Fluids 3, 110504 (2018).
Here’s to another year of discoveries on bubbles leading to advances in fluid dynamics, electrochemistry, food engineering, geophysics and more!