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Shapes and fissility of highly charged and rapidly rotating levitated liquid drops

Liao, Liam; Hill, Richard J.A.

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Liam Liao



Abstract

We use diamagnetic levitation to investigate the shapes and the stability of free electrically charged and spinning liquid drops of volume ∼1 ml. In addition to binary fission and Taylor cone-jet fission modes observed at low and high charge density, respectively, we also observe an unusual mode which appears to be a hybrid of the two. Measurements of the angular momentum required to fission a charged drop show that nonrotating drops become unstable to fission at the amount of charge predicted by Lord Rayleigh. This result is in contrast to the observations of most previous experiments on fissioning charged drops, which typically exhibit fission well below Rayleigh’s limit.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 15, 2017
Journal Physical Review Letters
Print ISSN 0031-9007
Electronic ISSN 1079-7114
Publisher American Physical Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 119
Article Number 114501
APA6 Citation Liao, L., & Hill, R. J. (2017). Shapes and fissility of highly charged and rapidly rotating levitated liquid drops. Physical Review Letters, 119, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.114501
DOI https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.114501
Publisher URL https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.114501
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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