Thursday, December 9, 2010
New Scientist TV: How to trap a supernova in a jar: "'The solution is stable until it is triggered' says Stephen Morris of the University of Toronto. 'We do this triggering at the bottom of a small tube that you can see in the bottom of the video. This is something like a fuse. The reaction proceeds as a front up the tube until it enters the much larger main vessel. Then it billows out as a plume. All over the surface of the plume, at a thin front, like a flame front, the reaction is happening. All the fluid motion is generated by the reaction itself.'"