Scaling behavior in shaving cream

D. J. Durian, D. A. Weitz, D. J. Pine

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The coarsening of a three-dimensional foam is studied with multiple light-scattering techniques. Scaling behavior is observed with the average bubble diameter growing in time as tz where z=0.450.05. Changes in the packing conditions during coarsening give rise to a dynamical process that also exhibits temporal scaling. Neighboring bubbles undergo sudden structural rearrangement events at a rate per unit volume that decays as t-y where y=2.00.2.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R7902-R7905
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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