Sunday, 22 July 2012

A Drop of Water, Mercury & Electricity. 1826 Electrowetting

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Electrowetting is the modification of the wetting properties of a surface (which is typically hydrophobic) with an applied electric field. Currently a subject of much research, its applications include high refresh rate e-paper and variable focus liquid lens systems. In an 1826 article by Brewster on fluid inclusions in mineral crystals, this effect is mentioned in passing.

That's all that's mentioned about this phenomenon. Here's the full article, but it's heavy going if you're not into fluid inclusions -

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Unrelated to this post, below is an example of
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Lavoisier Optics 1775

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