Two-Dimensional Macroscopic Ideal Gas
This project brings the microscopic world into the laboratory scale. We agitate a container full of water to produce chaotic surface waves which replicate the tumultuous thermal motion of molecules in a gas, but on a centimeter scale rather than angstrom. We’ve shown that these waves have a temperature that is functionally identical that of a thermal gas. This offers us a unique opportunity to study statistical mechanics in a constitutive fashion, exploring directly the dynamics of interparticle interactions, phase transitions, polymer analogs, and many other systems.