Oil and water under polarised light

Oil and water under polarised light

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Credit: RICHARD BEECH PHOTOGRAPHY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Macro photograph of oil resting on top of water. Oil and water do not mix as the oil molecules have a lower density than the water molecules and so float on top of the water. Image taken using polarised light to create a colourful background to the patterns created by the oil and water.

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Keywords: chemical, chemistry, close-up, colorful, colourful, density, detail, immiscible, liquid, macro photograph, no-one, nobody, oil, patterns, physical, physics, polarisation, polarised light, polarization, science education, water

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