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Ten years of Nature Physics

Go with the flow

A 2006 Nature Physics paper reported phonons in a one-dimensional crystal of aqueous droplets traversing a laminar oil flow — putting microfluidics on the map as a tool for unravelling the mechanisms behind regularity in thermodynamically open systems.

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Figure 1: Image of a train of water droplets travelling along an oil-filled channel.

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Garstecki, P., Hołyst, R. Go with the flow. Nature Phys 11, 305–306 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys3297

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