Hydrodynamic quantum analogs

Yves Couder and Emmanuel Fort have recently discovered that droplets walking on a vibrating fluid bath exhibit features previously thought to be peculiar to the quantum realm, including single-particle diffraction, tunneling, quantized orbits and orbital level splitting. Much of my group’s recent research has been directed towards elucidating the subtle pilot-wave dynamics of these walking droplets, and rationalizing their quantum-like behaviour.

“Truth, like gold, is not to be obtained by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.”   — Leo Tolstoy

Tibetan singing bowls: levitation via resonance

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The dynamics of fluid-filled Tibetan bowls was the  research subject of Denis Terwagne during his internship in the … View Project

Quantum mechanics writ large

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  According to pilot wave theory, first proposed by de Broglie and later developed by Bohm with Einstein’s … View Project

Motivation: hydrodynamic quantum analogs

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Yves Couder, Emmanuel Fort and coworkers have discovered a hydrodynamic system that exhibits certain features previously … View Project