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Droplets leap into action

What could cause a water droplet to start bouncing on a surface? It seems that a combination of evaporation and a highly water-repellent surface induces droplet bouncing when ambient pressure is reduced. See Letter p.82

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Figure 1: Mechanism of droplet trampolining.

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Vollmer, D., Butt, HJ. Droplets leap into action. Nature 527, 41–42 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/527041a

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