Watch this drop of water have an orgasm

I'm kidding, of course; everyone knows inanimate objects can't achieve sexual climax. OR CAN THEY?


Honestly, after watching this clip I don't know what to believe. The video up top was created by Bojan Vukasinovic, a research engineer at Georgia Tech. Vukasinovic claims that this clip is meant to demonstrate a process known as "vibration-induced drop atomization," or VIDA for short—and he would have you believe that what you're witnessing can be explained by physics:

In this process [i.e. VIDA], a small liquid drop is placed on a thin metal diaphragm that is forced to vibrate by an attached piezoelectric transducer. The vibration induces capillary waves on the free surface of the drop that, upon attaining the critical conditions, begin to eject small droplets from the wave crests.

Under certain forcing conditions, this ejection process can develop so rapidly that the entire drop seems to burst into a fine spray of droplets that move away from the diaphragm.

Vukasinovic says the starting drop of liquid in the video is just shy of a centimeter in diameter, and even though the membrane it's resting on is vibrating at a constant frequency of 1kHz, the amplitude (which corresponds more or less to the intensity of the membrane's vibration) is steadily increased over the course of the video, until the water droplet simply can't take it any more and climaxes in a fit of droplety ecstacy atomizes.

According to Vukasinovic, full "atomization" of the original drop of water is achieved in just three tenths of a second. I would know nothing about.

For more information, visit Vukasinovic's page on vibration-induced drop atomization
[Spotted on what is quickly becoming my new favorite blog: Fuck Yeah Fluid Dynamics]


And here's what happens when you use orgasm water to do your laundry. ;)