About This Project
Alpheus heterochaelis, better known as the Pistol Shrimp, possesses an over-sized claw that creates a cavitation bubble upon rapid closure underwater. The implosion of this bubble results in a shockwave and a flash of light, the former of which the shrimp uses to stun its prey. The goal of this experiment is to use high-speed imaging to study the implosion, and to apply the findings to the creation of novel water heating and purification technologies.
Browse Other Projects on Experiment
Who's up there? Effects of land use on canopy plants in cloud forests and pastures of Monteverde, Costa Rica
Epiphytes grow in the canopy of trees, deriving support from their hosts, but getting water and nutrients...