How Microwaving Grapes Makes Plasma Amazing Science Toys/Gadgets 2 3 months ago   08:16

A bisected grape in the microwave makes plasma. But how does it work? A grape is the right size and refractive index to trap microwaves inside it. When you place two (or two halves) close together the fields interact with each other creating a maximum of electromagnetic energy where they touch. This creates heating, sparks, and plasma, which is further fed with energy directly by the microwaves.

Huge thanks to Hamza Khattak, Prof. Pablo Bianucci and Prof. Aaron Slepkov (unavailable for the call) for chatting to me and helping me understand the physics of this cool phenomenon.

Linking plasma formation in grapes to microwave resonances of aqueous dimers

Special thanks to Patreon supporters:
Donal Botkin, James M Nicholson, Michael Krugman, Nathan Hansen, Ron Neal, Stan Presolski, Terrance Shepherd

Thanks also to Steve Bosi, my original plasma collaborator.

Animations by Alan Chamberlain

Music from "Seaweed"

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Santa Claus
Who else was watching and didn't understand anything
Ender Star
This dude lost me at grape.
Mark Donald
But why did this need researching?
i kno gun control is still a high debate topic but we might want grape.controll while we can
is this why they did the surgery?
they did surgery on a grape
The Least in the Kingdom
Do you weld with MIG or TIG? Neither, I use GRAPE welds.
tired shinigami
if i do this will my microwave break??
So now I just need a portable microwave which allows for rapid fire and I'll finally have my irl Plasma gun
They did surgery on a grape.
They studied on a grape.
They made plasma from a grape.
They were confused because of a grape.
yosser hughes
good way to harness energy,. no put them in a battery . now we have super strong batteries.
Neel Pandya
halo confirmed
Informed Optimist
Someone should try this with a big bowl of grapes.
Kathy L
How long do the microwaves stay in the grape?
Golden Blop
patrick oviatt
considering it's parity issue, I wonder what 2 1.2 cm balls of cobalt-60 would do.
Ill Cobra llI
5:50 😂😂😂
0:27 - You have not got a friend. Dr Steve Bosi is just you with glasses on. This is the weakest disguise since Superman and Clark Kent.
so grapes will be the ammunition of my X-Wing Starfighter
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