3B45.75 - Shock Wave Fronts - Cymbal and Flash Unit

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Demo Title:
Shock Wave Fronts - Cymbal and Flash Unit
Shock Waves
Area of Study:
Cymbal and stand, Camera Flash Unit.

Place the cymbal on the stand and charge the flash unit.  Hold the flash unit several centimeters from the cymbal and discharge/flash the unit.  The cymbal will audibly ring due to the thermal pressure wave produced from the flash.

  • Kirk McDonald, "Singing Cymbals and Radiometers" TPT, Vol. 54, #5, May 2016, p. 259.
  • Samantha Collin, Nikki Etchenique, and Thomas R. Moore, "The Singing Cymbal: Is It Really Photon Momentum", TPT, Vol. 54, #4, Apr. 2016, p. 209.
  • Antonio Serrano, "Hearing a Camera Flash", TPT, Vol. 43, #5, May 2005, p. 309.

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