A simple experimental system to illustrate the nonlinear properties of a linear chain under compression
23 Apr 2020
A photograph of a buckled linear chain of soap bubbles, together with the corresponding computer simulation, features on the cover of the American Journal of Physics, May 2020. The article by members of the TCD Foams and Complex Systems group describes a simple experimental set-up for the exploration of the nonlinear properties of a chain of spheres under compression. Related structures feature also in colloids or laser-cooled ions in Penning traps.