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Contaminated bubble bursting

Oil-coated bubbles bursting across interfaces enhance aerosol formation and transmission by producing jets that are smaller and faster than those formed by pristine bubbles.

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Fig. 1: Self-similar wave propagation dynamics.


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McBride, S.A. Contaminated bubble bursting. Nat. Phys. 19, 778–779 (2023).

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